Sand and Sunshine

Sand as a Crisis Point: A Pictorial

26 Apr 2010

Sand has a way of weaseling its way into a person’s nooks and crannies—you know, in your ears, between your ... read more

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From Egypt To Israel And Back Again

I’m standing on the Israeli side of the border between Egypt and Israel at Taba, and I’m sweating. I’m on my way to The Jerusalem Conference, a ... read more

02 Aug 2010
 

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Getting Around

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How to Take a Taxi in Cairo Part 1: Intro

Taxis are essential in Cairo, a sprawling city whose streets signs are often misspelled or nonexistent. There are three types of public taxis in the city, all of which can ... read more

12 Apr 2010
Etiquette

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How to Wait in Line in Egypt

Lines in Egypt do not always operate in the same front-to-back order we’re used to. They are quick, messy, and often frustratingly three-dimensional. This is not meant to be ... read more

12 Apr 2010
Food

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Otlob: Egypt’s Solution for people that can’t cook

If you can’t cook, don’t worry. One thing that redeems Cairo from its heat is the availability of cheap delivery. Cairo is one of the rare cities in ... read more

12 Apr 2010
Getting Around

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How to Take a Taxi in Cairo Part 2: Black Cabs

Now that you know the types of cabs, it’s important to understand the differences between them, and the related expectations. Since black cabs have no meter, rates are negotiable ... read more

14 Apr 2010
Getting Around

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Where to Live in Cairo

Most expats in Cairo congregate in a few neighborhoods: Zamalek, Downtown, Maadi, Dokki, and Mohandiseen. Maadi and Zamalek are very Western-oriented, and cater to longterm or permanent residents, and also ... read more

19 Apr 2010
Getting Around

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How to Take a Taxi in Cairo Part 4: Get to where you need to go

There are so many streets in Cairo even maps can’t keep them straight. Cab drivers aren’t always licensed, and aren’t always “career cabbies.” So how do you ... read more

14 Apr 2010
Getting Around

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How to Take a Taxi in Cairo Part 3: White Cabs and Yellow Cabs

White and Yellow cabs are nearly the same. They are usually nicer vehicles, and often have air conditioners. Though you might have to ask the driver to turn it on ... read more

14 Apr 2010
Nightlife

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How to Score Import Booze in Egypt

Outside of expensive hotels and embassy clubs, it's very difficult to find import liquor, wine, or beer for sale anywhere in Egypt. In fact, the only truly legal way ... read more

28 Jun 2010
Getting Around

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Cairo Scholar's: Egypt's Craigslist

If you're looking for an apartment, trying to find a restaurant, don't know where anything is in Cairo, want a recommendation for a weekend getaway, or want to ... read more

28 Jun 2010
Must Do

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A Moment of Peace in Al-Azhar Park

Named after the famous mosque, Al-Azhar Park roughly equates to Central Park in New York: it is a break from the fray of a loud, polluted city. Built over an ... read more

28 Jun 2010
Must Do

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Vacations out of Egypt

Spending too much time in the midst of Cairo heat and havoc? Living there and need to leave? The nice thing about Egypt is that the Cairo airport is a ... read more

14 Jul 2010
Etiquette

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Basic Need-to-Know Arabic

Egypt is fairly easy to navigate with English. But there are some key words that will go a long way to reducing the gap between you and the locals. Insha ... read more

14 Jul 2010
Etiquette

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Can I go into a mosque in Egypt even if I'm not Muslim?

The easy answer to this question is yes. But always be conservative: wear long, loose-fitting clothing, be willing to take your shoes off before you enter, and in some of ... read more

14 Jul 2010
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