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May 2016

Finding myself…

“Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now. Otherwise, you’ll run out of time.” (from “The Intouchables”)

The bright red flame flowers fade into the sweltering heat. Mosquitoes eat up the cool evenings as the summer waxes. I am finding myself at the end of the school year, tied up more than ever. I came across this quote at an apt time. Continue reading “Finding myself…”

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El Moez Street

El Moez Street, one of the oldest city streets, runs through historic downtown Cairo. It runs into the heart of the busiest market in the city, the Khan el Khalili, but it also traces back to stories of Cairo from the Fatimid dynasty around 900 AD. Tucked behind large wooden doors are peaceful mosque interiors and hidden in alleys are delicately designed housing complexes from the 1600s, like the Ottoman Bayt Al-Suhaymi (House of Suhaymi). The streets hum with garbage collectors, balady bread sales boys, shop owners and families out for a Friday stroll. Here is a taste: Continue reading “El Moez Street”

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