Felucca Rides on the Nile + Exploring the Market

After my family, Luke and I went to the Great Pyramids of Giza, we decided to take a relaxing felucca ride on the Nile River in an area of Cairo called Maadi. Even though it was very quiet and peaceful on the water, there was still a lot going on. There were families fishing in their boats, workers pulling sand and silt off the bottom of the river, and my personal favorite, a man in a boat on his cellphone while is young son (or grandson) relaxed laying on his stomach at the front of his boat.

After the felucca ride we went to Khan El Khalili market in search of a backgammon board for Luke – we were successful in finding it!

2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_0
2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_00
2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_02
2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_002
2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_04
2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_05

2014_FamVacayFeluccaMarket_03

Giza Pyramids + Tourism

My family (mom, dad and brother) recently came to visit us in Egypt over our spring break vacation. We’ve been living here for 6 months now and have gotten a pretty good lay of the land; however, there are still a lot of things we haven’t seen or done yet. Part of the reason we didn’t see things sooner was to wait for family and friends to come visit us. Fortunately for them (and unfortunately for Egypt), this is a great time for them to come. I just read an article from Daily News Egypt that said in the month of March, tourism is down almost 30% from last year. To be honest though, it seems like much more than that.

When my family, Luke and I went to see the Great Pyramids of Giza we were all shocked by the lack of tourists there. Before the revolution, there would have been buses lined up in tight rows next to each other and thousands of people walking around, but on the day we went, there were about 5 buses in total that we saw and we never once had to stand in a line. As we walked on a pathway towards the first pyramid, we were greeted with warm welcomes by several tour guides telling us about the amazing tour they could give us of the pyramids and men in their galabeyas selling small souvenirs. They would ask where we’re from and often thank us for visiting.

As we were walking around, I was thinking to myself how lucky we were to not have to stand in long lines to see and go inside these beautiful structures; however, I also thought about how hard it must be for all of the tour guides, bus drivers, souviner merchants, camel guides, horse guides, restaurant owners, hotel owners and anyone else in the tourism industry during these times of change and uncertainty in Egypt. My wish for Egypt is that stability will come sooner than later, so people will once again visit this wonderful country and see what it all has to offer.

2014_FamVacayGiza_0

2014_FamVacayGiza_014

2014_FamVacayGiza_013

2014_FamVacayGiza_05
2014_FamVacayGiza_011
2014_FamVacayGiza_010

2014_FamVacayGiza_03

2014_FamVacayGiza_003

2014_FamVacayGiza_002

2014_FamVacayGiza_012

2014_FamVacayGiza_08
2014_FamVacayGiza_07

2014_FamVacayGiza_09

2014_FamVacayGiza_00
2014_FamVacayGiza_06

2014_FamVacayGiza_015

2014_FamVacayGiza_04
2014_FamVacayGiza_02

 

Garbage City | February 2014

In mid-February, I had the opportunity to visit Garbage City in Cairo, Egypt. The people who live in this area of Cairo collect trash, sort through it and recycle/resell the materials that they find to make a living. I was amazed by how happy and welcoming everyone was both at APE and while we were looking around. It was definitely an awesome experience. To learn more about Garbage City visit http://www.ape.org.eg.

Garbage City - Cairo

Dog at Garbage City

Downtown Cairo, Egypt
Flower in Garbage City
Downtown Cairo, Egypt

My Favorite Egyptian Family | Egypt

I love this family! Malak, Karim, Yousef and Ismail are an amazing family! Malak is my coworker (and one of my best friends) and her oldest son, Ismail, is in my grade 1 class. Before we started taking photos, we went over to their uncle’s small farm to look at all of his animals. We saw pigeons, chicks, roosters, rabbits, cows and goats! We also played a little game of soccer (Yousef and I won)!

2014_Malak_01
2014_Malak_0001
2014_Malak_012
2014_Malak_00012
2014_Malak_013
2014_Malak_00013
2014_Malak_014
2014_Malak_00014
2014_Malak_00015
2014_Malak_00016
2014_Malak_00017
2014_Malak_00018
2014_Malak_00019

  • February 8, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Dena Eltouny - You are truly talented! All of your pics have left me speechless. I’m about to ask you to take pics of me and I hate taking pictures! Yeap…ur totally gonna kick my arse in the door contest. :) ReplyCancel

A Day Trip With Some New Friends

Last weekend Luke and I spent some time with our friends Katherine and Alaa. We had an amazing day climbing pyramids, driving through the desert in a jeep, grilling out with one of the pyramid guards and watching the sun go down in the desert. Such an amazing day! Thanks Alaa and Katherine for the great day!:)

2013_DayTrip_000

2013_DayTrip_0001

2013_DayTrip_0002

2013_DayTrip_0004

2013_DayTrip_0005

2013_DayTrip_0006

2013_DayTrip_0007

2013_DayTrip_0008

2013_DayTrip_0009

2013_DayTrip_00010

2013_DayTrip_00011

2013_DayTrip_00012

M o r e   i n f o