21 avril 2011

All my people on the floor...

Now, you may wonder what happened after my trip to Mount Sinai – or not. Well, I’ll tell you anyway. As Mubarak resigned and things started to get back to normal in Cairo, our school reopened. Isabelle, my flatmate, came back from Canada on Friday 25 February, only to pack her bags and leave for good the next week, as she had experienced modern civilisation back home and couldn’t stand to come back to chaos and dirt. I couldn’t really blame her, even though I was quite sad to say goodbye to my shortest flat share to date – 1 month!... [Lire la suite]
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08 avril 2011

There's always gonna be another mountain...

So where was I ?... Oh Yes, our trip to Dahab! What a great experience… When we arrived at our hotel on Tuesday 8 February, there were about ten guests, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves… Because of what was happening in Cairo, tourists had fled and the hotel staff were feeling quite down. We even found out that most of the employees had been sent home. It was a weird feeling. However, the place was gorgeous and there wasn’t a single kid in the swimming pool… Bonus!        On Wednesday 9... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2011

Just don't let the good life pass you by...

Hey ! First of all, a very happy new year to you all! I hope you had a great time over the holidays. Ok, I haven’t written for ages but my life was rather dull at the end of last year… After my funky trip to the Western Desert, I only spent another weekend away to the White Desert and the Black Desert, and that was about it. For those of you who might wonder, these deserts have such names because they are made of white and black rocks, it’s quite impressive. Here are some pictures:         The... [Lire la suite]
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18 novembre 2010

If we took a holiday...

I’ve just come back from fantastic holidays in the Western desert, between Egypt and Libya. Marie, Marie-Christine, Mario and I started with El Alamein – where the Second World War famous battle took place. All the cemeteries and battle remains are quite depressing there but the Mediterranean seaside is gorgeous and you feel like you’re in some Caribbean island. Just for info, our guide told us that, to this day, Great Britain and Germany still refuse to pay for the mine clearance programme, which means a shocking 17 million landmines... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2010

If I could turn back time...

Yesterday morning, I was picking up my laundry from the rack outside my window, when I dropped a pair of funky boxer shorts – you know, the silvery silky ones – which happened to end up on my downstairs neighbour’s rack. I was facing a dilemma: going straight away – at 7am! – to my neighbour’s to ask for my underwear, or wait until I come back from school – at 3pm... I obviously went for the second option, as I could already picture the awkward situation of me asking a complete stranger for my shiny boxer shorts... so there I was, at... [Lire la suite]
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31 août 2010

Without you I'm nothing...

Ok, today I was on a mission - yes, another one! I really wanted to clean my flat in order to settle in properly and really feel at home. I went to the local market and bought lots of cleaning products. By twelve, there I was, scrubbing and washing. I even did my very first laundry - with my beautiful 1975 washing machine, which, by the way, shakes a lot! Nowadays, it wouldn't pass the health and safety tests, for sure. Anyway, the amazing thing was that my clothes were dry after only an hour hanging outside my window... Wow, compared... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2010

And I would run away...

Today I woke up with an urge to go to the loo and thought "Shit! - (what an unfortunate thing to say!) - I've been here for 36h and already have the runs... Great!" I checked online and I didn't seem to have the symptoms of the "turista", but I wasn't impressed... Ok, maybe I shouldn't have drunk from the bathroom tap, maybe I shouldn't have eaten roasted seeds from a street stall, maybe I shouldn't have slept with a stranger from the local joint... Ok, the last bit is a lie! Anyway, I spent the morning juggling... [Lire la suite]
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