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Middle East Revisited

Back in the Middle East! When I went to Egypt a couple of years ago, I didn’t take a camel ride, so we opted for one this time. I’m glad I waited because the camel’s looked a lot healthier/happier. In this photo, they are either trying to give each other kisses or attack. It’s undecided.

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This is happy Nancy. You’ll notice I’m smiling a lot more this trip because I didn’t get sick at all! Last time, I missed a lot of good sightseeing because I was so sick. We basically lived off of Pringles and Hit cookies this time to avoid random unidentifiable meals. We even ate…

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Par example…we ate McDonald’s and Pizza Hut within 10 days.  We’ve eaten more fastfood here than we ever did in the States. Now that we’re in Jordan, I am a lot more adventurous with menus.

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Near the Step Pyramid

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Colossal statue of Ramses and Robert

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Valley of the Kings, which I missed last time because of illness.

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Goat who was drinking from the Sacred Lake of Karnak

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Avenue of (ram-headed) Sphinxes

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R waxing nostalgic on his old campus, American University of Cairo. He studied there for a year (before we met).

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This is the meal we DIDN’T eat on our sleeper train. Yikes! We ate Pringles, bananas, and Hits instead, per usual. The sleeper train was the smallest I’ve ever seen!

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This was the Coptic Christians’ attempt at defacing Egyptian polytheistic carvings.

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Temple of “Hot Chicken Soup”…that was how our tour guide taught us “stupid Americans” to say Queen Hatchepsut.

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Cute R

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At our trip to Pizza Hut, we discovered a cheesy, hot dog crust pizza. Tasty concept, I guess.

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Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, which has a ziggurat-style minaret. This was part of our walking tour in Islamic Cairo. It was amazing.

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View from the tower.

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A house with beautiful mashrabiyya woodwork in the background, signature to local experts.

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Nice little bird in the center

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This sweet cat was actually yawning, but she looks like she’s being feisty.

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A beautiful courtyard garden

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Boatmaking in Alexandria. We took an awesome day trip there. I LOVED it. It’s only a few hours by train from Cairo.

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Again, I LOVE ALEXANDRIA!

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The modern Alexandria library built in honor of the ancient one.

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Alexandria fortress

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View from a taxicab

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View from a taxicab II

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View from a taxicab III

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A gorgeous mosque back in Cairo

This is a ton of photos! I’ll post more with fewer images now that we’re in Amman and settled.

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