Moments of Uncertainty

Timestamps. A cherished memory of a place long gone, a time long forsaken, a plan that was not… As I sit and dig through each and every memory, and each moment, I can remember how I felt at that second.  Hurriedly grabbing a lunch as the merchants hastily shut down their businesses one by one, … Continue reading

10 Reasons Not to Attend the American University in Cairo (AUC) During a Revolution

10 Instead of encouraging you to stand in solidarity and join the protests against an oppressive dictator, they will bribe you to stay inside by offering pizza, and shibsy. 9 If that doesn’t convince you, they will say tell you that you are a walking target because you are American. 8 Once your home university … Continue reading

That Lone Airport Worker: 5 Months Since a Revolution

I cannot believe it has been over 5 months since I was in Egypt.  Over 5 months since the most vivid and emotionally intense week of my life and exactly 5 months since a country became free of the 30 year rule of Hosni Mubarak.  And what I remember most about that week and a … Continue reading

Sha’abi to Chique… A Reflection on #Jan25 and the Realities of Modern Egypt

On my first trip to Cairo, I never imagined the lifestyle and landscape I would soon be entering upon… I imagined a place with dirt roads and donkeys, abayas and gellabayas as Egyptians say.  I imagined the sha’abi Egypt, where Arabs acted like Arabs!  Is that too much to ask for?  And when I arrived, … Continue reading