A Camel Named Macarena and Other Tales

Camel ride, Aswan, Egypt

What visit to Egypt is complete without a camel ride? And even better, a ride on a camel named Macarena? I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about riding a camel for the […]

Exploring the Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan

Tombs of the Nobles, Aswan, Egypt

One of the common misconceptions of group tours is that you don’t get any free time to explore on your own. This may be true for some tours, but my Gecko’s tour to Egypt offered […]

From Cairo to Aswan

Philae Island, Egypt

After four days in Cairo, it was time to move on to bigger and better things. Actually no, it was time to move on to smaller cities and hopefully better weather! We took the overnight […]

Nile and Sinai Revealed: The Tour Begins

Cairo view

After spending my first few days in Cairo on my own, I finally met up with my tour group from Gecko’s Adventures on the fourth day. The tour, called Nile & Sinai Revealed, would cover […]

Pyramids and Rain in Cairo

Bent Pyramid at Dahshour

After a dreary, cloudy, drizzle-filled first day in Cairo, I was not thrilled to wake up my third morning to the sound of pouring rain and crazy wind outside.  I had heard Cairo typically only […]

Arrival in Cairo

Mosque of Suleyman Pasha

I was exhausted by the time I arrived in Cairo. First, an overnight flight from Chicago to Paris. Then, a long layover in Paris during which I spent most of the time snoozing on some […]

Way Off the Beaten Path in Egypt

It was still dark outside when I stepped into the back of a white van idling in front of my Zamalek hotel.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little (okay, a lot) […]

Reflections on Egypt in a Time of Turmoil

Mohammed Ali Mosque

“The stuff on the news is nothing, Egypt the way we know it is over…it is a full scale revolution and the people will wake up to a different country tomorrow…if they ever go to […]