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A Letter to Cairo

2010-06-21 @ 07:49
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Dear friends and all who became a part of my life in Cairo,

It saddens me greatly that my time in Cairo has come to a close, and I will be leaving this city and country, for an indeterminate time. My life over the past four and a half years has been unique and unforgettable. Although I spent a lot of time with some people, and little time with others, all of my friends in Egypt will forever be in my heart. I have learned so much in my time here, things that cannot be taught in a university, and its to my friends that I have to be grateful for this. Whether they were fellow foreigners or locals, fellow students or not, they became an invaluable part of my life, sharing with me their knowledge and experiences. I will never forget my time in Egypt, and I will never forget my friends in Egypt, for they became a part of my family.

I wish to thank all of my friends in Cairo for what they have given me, and what they have shared with me. They will always have a place in my heart. I will miss them all. I hope that our paths cross again someday.

Pictures of Paris

2008-08-29 @ 03:20
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As I have said before, Laura and I had a wonderful time in Paris.  It took a while to upload all of the pictures we took, but here they are.

I hope you enjoy them as you live vicariously through us ;-)

Au revoir Paris!

2008-08-28 @ 06:12
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So we have left Paris, and are now back in Cairo. Paris was an awesome city, and we both had a lot of fun. We took lots of pictures during our trip, and we will post them soon. Until then, here we are enjoying our last visit to a Parisian sidewalk cafe. EDIT: Sorry, the picture was accidently lost. (more…)

So we’re in Paris

2008-08-21 @ 10:57
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We arrived early this morning, but have no internet access at the hotel, so this is the first chance we’ve been able to get online.

We’re both pretty tired, so we haven’t really done anything exciting, except try to find free wifi… Guess where?

On our way to Paris

2008-08-20 @ 15:27
Categories: Travels

As I write this, Laura and I are sitting on a plane in Chicago, waiting to depart to Paris. This will be the first time for both of us to see this city and offend the locals by butchering their language!
We will make another post as soon as we can with some photographic evidence that this “France” place actually exists ;-)

Leaving on a jet plane…

2008-06-21 @ 00:52
Categories: Life,Travels

That’s right!  I am leaving Egypt on a jet plane to return to California for the summer.  Just thought I’d announce it.

See you soon!

A field trip to Akhetaton

2008-04-16 @ 10:48
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At the beginning of this month we enjoyed a field trip to the site of Tell el-Amarna.  Tell el-Amarna is the site where King Akhenaton of the 18th Dynasty founded his famous city of Akhetaton.  Akhetaton was a planned city revolving around Akhenaton’s cult of the sun disk, the god Aton.

The primary purpose of this visit was for us to explore the private tombs found in the northern and southern cliff faces at the site.  I took over 300 pictures throughout these tombs, so I hope you all enjoy them. (more…)

Arto is in Chicago!

2007-09-18 @ 21:22
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While spending my last week in America with Laura in Indiana, Arto arrived in Chicago to begin his new studies.  Seeing as Laura and Arto missed each other last time she was in Egypt, and this would be Arto’s first time living in a foreign country, we felt a road trip was in order.  Unfortunately there aren’t many pictures, but I hope you can enjoy the ones that I did manage to snap. (more…)

Jolly old San Francisco

2007-07-30 @ 00:30
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In order to celebrate Laura’s upcoming birthday, I thought she’d enjoy a nice day trip to that old city on the bay, you guessed it, San Francisco.  I’m sure the title of the post didn’t clue you in or anything…

I took her to see the joy and craziness of Fisherman’s Wharf, where we could gaze at the bay, peruse the shops (including a pirate store), and enjoy some clam chowder with genuine San Franciscan sourdough bread.  Then we took a drive to see the Golden Gate Bridge and a spot I know in Pacific Heights where you can see a magnificent view of the city and a quite well endowed robot.  After that, I took her to the Palace of Fine Arts to take some pictures of the beautiful architecture and be like kids and play at the Exploratorium.  We got our fill of science and fun, so we decided it would be time to peruse the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park, which was just beautiful.  And of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without a stroll through China Town with a nice Dim Sum dinner!  By this time it was getting quite late, so we concluded our trip with a visit to Ghirardelli Square for an (un)healthy quantity of chocolate for the pretty lady.

I hope you enjoy the plethora of pictures I posted from this trip. (more…)

Some Pictures…

2007-07-15 @ 12:34
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After the recent demise of the original server, I realized that I had some pictures that were long due to be posted up.  So here are a bunch of pictures that I took throughout the last semester.

Enjoy! (more…)

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