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Cookie-baking Weekend

The first weekend in December finds me trading in my computer and calculator for my stand mixer and double ovens.  20 years ago I got the bright idea that it would be fun to bake homemade cookies for all of my clients.  Since I only had about five clients and a ton of extra time […]

Invited to the party

Upon our return to Aswan from Abu Simbel we stayed at a hotel which was on an Island in the middle of the Nile.  That evening we rode the water taxi across the Nile and met Mustafa (our tour guide) for our evening light and sound show at the Philae Temple Complex.  We climbed aboard […]

Sideswiped by a donkey

When we arrived in Edfu our boat docked right at the intersection of two main roads in town.  David and I spent the evening on the upper deck, drinking Egyptian beer and watching the circus that is the traffic pattern in Egypt.  We watched as motorcycles with three or more riders ran down the road […]

Nightmare on Main Street

It starts with the creaking of the attic door.  Slowly the occupants of our attic make their way into the upstairs guest room.  Behind the closed door I begin to hear the clinking of metal on metal and dull muffled thumps of unknown things dropped on the floor.   Soon the subtle hiss of air travelling […]

Where is OSHA?

On day three of our Lake Nasser cruise, we stepped off our riverboat onto a small motor boat that took us to shore.   One of the crew of this little boat jumped onto shore and held the boat steady with a rope tied to the bow.   Two other men grabbed up a 2-foot wide plank […]

Where’s your momma?

Egyptian culture is very different from US culture in so many ways but none more obvious than how they treat their children.  On our way over from the US to Jordan there was a woman traveling with a two-year-old and a little tiny baby no more than 3 or 4 months old.  The two-year-old was […]

Who likes salami?

Months before we left on our adventure to Egypt, I purchased a CD for$29.95 guaranteed to teach me the necessary phrases for a tourist in Egypt.  I figured hello and goodbye would serve me well in the pleasantry department.  Then I thought that since I am travelling with my mother-in-law, who is notorious for her […]

Kae meets King Tut

The exhibit of King Tut’s tomb was fascinating.  All the items the King would need in the afterlife had been buried with him.  Clay vessels filled with fruit, vegetables, milk, honey and beer had been left for him to nourish himself on his journey to the “paradise”.  I was impressed to see that beer was […]

Drive like an Egyptian

We started our day with a visit to the Cairo Museum of Antiquities.   Our faithful driver, Abod, was at the hotel exactly at 10am as we had requested.  The ride to the museum was entertainment in and of itself.  We all watched in fascination as the traffic on a super highway started, stopped and shifted […]

Best laid plans

The day I left for Cairo, Egypt is the day I realized what the most horrifying words in the English Language are:  Ladies and Gentlemen it appears…… We got to Nashville with time to spare.  I was worried about taking Paul (David’s father) through security since he fell last year, shattered his shoulder and had […]