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Yeah, kinda like that…

A quote from a book I read recently titled: The Sex Lives of Cannibals “The foreigners one meets tend to live life in a vivid and eccentric sort of way, and when you listen to their tales of high adventure in the South Seas, you find that you are subsequently ruined from a conversational point [...]

Taming the lizard brain

The “lizard brain” is a term I use to describe the “old” part of the brain. The part that triggers the four “F”s of the limbic system fight flight feeding reproduction An example: Take a large human male, wrap him in neoprene, stick a big metal tank full of air on his back, slap a [...]

I’m going to Memphis, Memphis….

About a month ago, we had the great privilege to attend a tour of Sakarra and Memphis with Dr Alain Zivie. Dr Zivie has been digging in Sakarra for a very long time. He has made many notable discoveries including a mummified lion and the tomb of the wetnurse to Tutankhamen and is featured in [...]

Ramadan Kareem

(which roughly means “Happy Ramadan”) As has been written by any number of bloggers and others, Ramadan can be a stressful time. 12 hours or so of no food, no water, no caffeine, no sex, no nicotine (all those things that make like worth living) can make one irritable. There is a great deal of [...]

The Citadel

The Citadel is a walled compound built on the hills on the outskirts of Cairo. It started out as a small pavilion built in the early 800′s. It was fortified and made into a fortress and royal city by Salah Al Din (aka “Saladin”) in the late 1700s 1100s [Thank you Kelley] More details and [...]

A Walk in the Park..

A few days ago, we decided to visit Al Azhar Mosque, and Al Azhar Park. They are “near” each other and near the Khan Al Khalili. We took a taxi to the Mosque. This is a rather important mosque, in that it is attached to the Al Azhar University. This is, basically, the head of [...]

They call me “baba”

[I know I am probably never gonna hear the end of this...] This is a culture that respects age. An older woman is shown a great deal of respect. An older man, even more so. When a group of people are together and deal with someone else outside the group, say a waiter or salesperson, [...]

An “photo essay” about leather tanning in Morocco on the BBC website

On the BBC website are some photos about the tanning process in Marrakesh. I have a pair of the yellow shoes using the martin-esque marigold leather that we bought there. This photo of mine looks alike it was taken from the opposite and of the same alley as this one from the BBC website. Kinda [...]

Morocco photos

Just finished culling and editing. Post to follow. (Eventually) Click here for photos

Fun with Taxis

Today, being Tuesday, I have an Arabic lesson at the AUC main campus. So, I go out to hail a taxi to get there. I begin the taxi hailing process: Stand in street, stick hand out into street, positioned at about 7:30. As the taxi slows down, yell in the window where you want to [...]

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