Coptic Cairo: Island in the Stream

When one thinks of Cairo, or even Egypt, ancient artifacts and Islamic culture come to mind. But what most people overlook is that Egypt is home to a fairly substantial number of Christians, most of whom are Coptic. Although they are a minority, they are a big part of the culture of Cairo. Remember, theyContinue reading “Coptic Cairo: Island in the Stream”

The Lesser-Known Step Pyramid of Egypt is just as impressive as the Great Pyramids

If you drive just a few minutes down the road away from Cairo, beyond the Great Pyramids, you will encounter the Step Pyramids. Although less known than the Great Pyramids, the Step Pyramids are equally impressive, and a completely different experience. First of all, as you leave Giza behind you, the scene very quickly becomesContinue reading “The Lesser-Known Step Pyramid of Egypt is just as impressive as the Great Pyramids”

Cairo, Egypt — City of Dichotomies

Cairo is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is bustling, colorful, exotic, and just a wonderful mix of old and modern. If you like to people-watch, it is one of the best places ever to be! Greater Cairo, in 2022, is estimated to be home to over 21 million people, about doubleContinue reading “Cairo, Egypt — City of Dichotomies”

Not-so “Jolie” Golf Experience, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Sometimes you have an experience that is so bad, you just have to laugh. We were staying at the Four Seasons Resort in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt and wanted to play some golf. The Four Seasons is supposedly building a golf course, but it was not yet open. We asked the concierge for a recommendationContinue reading “Not-so “Jolie” Golf Experience, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt”

World Expo 2020 (in 2021), Dubai. Visit #1

Like a lot of things, the World Expo 2020 got put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, in October, 2021, it was able to launch! The Expo is held in Dubai, UAE and runs for 6 months. We live relatively close by, in Saudi Arabia, so we bought the “season pass” for theContinue reading “World Expo 2020 (in 2021), Dubai. Visit #1”

The Dead Sea, Jordan

On our unexpected detour to Jordan caused by pandemic travel restrictions, after spending the night in Amman, we headed to the Dead Sea. Although less than an hour drive from Amman, the Dead Sea shore practically has a different climate. Amman sits atop a plateau. The Dead Sea is at or below sea level. ItContinue reading “The Dead Sea, Jordan”

Amman, Jordan — a brief revisit

I lived in Amman, Jordan from 2011 to 2014. I recently ,unexpectedly and serendipitously, got the opportunity to return to Jordan. The detour was due to sudden changes to travel restrictions related to the pandemic. Because of the pandemic, we chose not to stay long in the city, but to merely pass through on ourContinue reading “Amman, Jordan — a brief revisit”

Saadiyat Island Weekend

I was able to tag along with my husband to a trade show in Abu Dhabi (IDEX). We stayed at the Ritz Carlton. Now, normally, I absolutely adore the Abu Dhabi Ritz Carlton. The staff are very attentive, the food in the Club Lounge is good, the swimming pool is peaceful. However, this time, dueContinue reading “Saadiyat Island Weekend”

Easter Dinner in Riyadh

As an Ex-pat living far away from home, it is particularly easy to get homesick on traditional holidays. To soften the blow, I try to do my best to re-create our family traditions and celebrations wherever I may be, and to include friends who feel like family. Of course, adaptations must be made and flexibilityContinue reading “Easter Dinner in Riyadh”

Sports-filled Getaway to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

After our 10 1/2 hour drive from Riyadh that included two sand storms and a flash flood, we finally arrived at our destination: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC is a planned community less than an hour north of Jeddah, on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia. We got there just before sundown. After checkingContinue reading “Sports-filled Getaway to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)”