Getting Scammed in Cairo

I left my Cairo hotel around 1:30 p.m. and attempted to hail a taxi to take me to Khan el Khalili.  I was told it should cost me about 10-15 Egyptian pounds, but I soon […]

In Search of a Beautiful Toilet

I survived my first overnight train in Egypt without a hitch. The ride from Cairo to Aswan was long but uneventful and the toilet at the end of our car was nowhere near as bad […]

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 […]

30 Days of Indie Travel Project: Kindness

Day 5 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project focuses on kindness. One of the greatest joys of travel can be the random acts of kindness you’ll receive from total strangers. Have you ever […]

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 […]