Archive for the ‘Egypt’ Category

Alexandria, round 2

September 2, 2011

Theres something with this city that makes me want to come back as soon as I leave. Apart from my wonderful friend, the fresh air and the sea gives me more energy than Cairos crazy streets. The city of Alexander the great is very different from Cairo, one of the biggest metropoles and also one of the most densely populated cities the world. It’s only a three hour train ride away so I don’t mind jumping between these cities.

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Travel back in Time: circa 1974. Cairo, Egypt

September 1, 2011

I found this old picture of my mom when she was in her 20’s. So young and so beautiful. Reminds me that we’re all getting old and that we should appreciate the time we have now. We’re never gonna be able to turn back time and we should take every opportunity that comes in our way to live our life to the fullest. You’re only young once!!!

Mum and aunt (since I was young, I was always told I looked so much like her)

 

Ps. Our age is not defined by a number or by how many years we’ve lived, age is a state-of-mind. It’s all about how we feel inside. And how much fruit and veggies we eat : )

Eid prayers in Cairo

August 30, 2011

After a month of Ramadan and fasting, it’s now Eid, and it feels like all of Cairos 17 million inhabitants decided to go out and pray at the same time. I thought Alexandria was crazy, but this might have been worse. The prayers started at sunrise and I just had to go and watch it. I’m becoming more fascinated by Muslims. They have a very strong devotion and they really rely on their religion! It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see all these people pray on the streets.

Khan-il-khalil, Cairo

August 28, 2011

I’m back in Cairo for a few days and have been to one of my favourite places here: The bazaar in Khan-il-Khalil. Bought spices, oils and just sat in one of the many cafees smoking sisha and people watching.

Ramadan on the streets, Alexandria

August 27, 2011

It’s ramadan now, the month of fast and prayers for muslims and no-one is eating or drinking during day-time. I am not fasting but are trying to show some respect by not eating in front of people. I’ve noticed that specially elders can get very upset when you eat something and they are trying to make you fast and starts preaching about god, islam, heaven & hell and why drinking that sip of water is bad for you. So to avoid all that, I’m just sneaking out when I’m eating.

Muslim Brotherhood had taken over Alexandria and they are organizing what they call Ramadan Street Prayers. Millions of people are gathered on the streets every evening from 20-02 and just pray for a few hours. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s impossible to walk around like normal cause there is prayer mats and specially men everywhere. People have come from many other surrounding arab countries to be able to pray as close as possible to the big church here in Alex. Manal lives very close to that church and it’s impossible to get out because of the prayers. We have to quickly sneak out when they are having their snack-break and we can not return to the house until they are finished.

Alexandria, Egypt

August 27, 2011

I spent a weekend in Alexandria to visit my yoga friend Manal that I met in Thailand. We were four girls taking the train from Cairo and arriving in the much cooler Alexandria. I was so glad to swop the hot, humid and dusty big city to this coast  and the Mediterranean sea for a few days.

Long days at the beach..playing, eating, gossiping, doing yoga..

Amazing sunset..

 

Zazi’, Egyptian countryside

August 24, 2011

After a few days in Cairo, my cousin talked me into visiting the countryside with her family. After a few hours in a over-crowded car and miles of desert, we arrived in Zazi’.

When me and the girls was walking out of the house, we were met by about 50 woman sitting down on the floor rolling cookies. They really wanted us to sit down with them and help them out. It was a big cookie night, and everyone in the village was gathered to bake the cookies for the wedding of a village girl. The women was so fascinated by us. We were as fascinated by them. They were talking very loud and laughing and we really stole the attention. They had never met anyone from outside of Egypt before and they had millions of questions to us.