So, we had a wonderful time at the Autumn ball, which took place in the garden of the British Embassy. I even won a free flight to London, yay me! Well enjoy the photos (more…)
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
Well, the semester has finally reached its end. It’s been so relaxing not having to worry about school work lately, but since I’m not leaving Egypt for another couple of weeks, I am left here with lots of free time. So in the evenings, I’ve been spending my time at the BCA clubhouse in Mohandiseen, which has been a blast. I’m posting some pictures from the last couple of nights, in order to share my fun with you guys. (more…)
Well last night was really fun! Thanks to everyone than came out and drank and played pool.
I’m posting the few pictures I did take that night for your enjoyment. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Better late than never, or late as usual in my case… A little over a month ago some of the family got together to eat some fondue and drink some delicious wine in celebration of my Grandpa’s 80th birthday. It was fun, and delicious. (more…)
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…)
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.
The last few weeks have been a blast! I had the privilege of having some distinguished visitors to Egypt as my house guests. It was wonderful seeing my mom again, it had been since August when I left for London and to return to AUC for the Fall semester. It was also nice to see my friend PaPai again, who I had not seen since August as well. Albeit, it was a bit strange at first to merge my two worlds, but we all had a lot of fun together.
I took them to the Cairo Museum, showed them my school, introduced them to the Cairo Metro system, and took them shopping in Khan el-Khalili.
Also, I wanted to make sure that their visit would be very memorable, so I arranged a cruise on the Nile to see most of the sites in Upper Egypt. We took the train, first class my ass, to Luxor, where we settled onto the boat to begin our expedition. We stopped to see the temples in Edfu and Komombo on our way to Aswan. Upon arriving to Aswan we had to wake up at the crack-of-why-the-hell-am-I-awake to take a tiny micro bus for 5 hours to Abu Simbel. Although my Arabic is quite poor in my opinion, I had some fun serving as a translator to our drivers to and from Abu Simbel. Then, upon returning to Aswan sometime in the afternoon, we got to check out the temple at Philae and the Aswan High Dam. Originally our schedule had us returning to Luxor by train that night, but we opted to stay in Aswan an additional night so we could visit Elephantine, which is awesome, and the beautiful botanical garden on Kitchener’s Island. We then departed on that wonderful train to get back to Luxor. In Luxor we went to the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatchepsut’s temple at Deir el-Bahri, Karnak temple, and Luxor temple. All this was done in one day… For those that don’t know Luxor, it was quite the undertaking. All in all, the whole trip was a blast, the only downside was when my iPod decided to grow legs and run away from my hotel room in Luxor… No more music for Bob
My mom and PaPai decided that the train was just too unbearable to endure once again, so they decided, and I love them for this, to upgrade us to the sleeper train. After that marvelous experience, I will never go to Luxor without being on the sleeper train again!
Well, after we returned to Cairo, I arranged for my good friend Arto to go with us to Giza so they could see the last standing Wonder of the Ancient World. Then the next day I arranged a day trip. We first went to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser in saqqara, enter the pyramid of Teti, (which has beautiful inscriptions all over the walls), and visit the new Imhotep Museum. I must say, the Imhotep Museum at Saqqara must be the nicest museum in all of Egypt, it was a most enjoyable visit. Next we went to Dashur, where we entered the Red Pyramid, Egypt’s first true pyramid, and took a look at the Bent Pyramid.
The last couple of weeks have been fantastic, I posted about 350 pictures from our trip, I will add more when I can get some from my mom, I hope you all enjoy them.
Also, I want to thank my mom and PaPai for coming all this way to visit with me, I had a great time. (more…)