Sahara, Part II: A Nomadic Amazigh Family on the Return Home

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The final leg of my Sahara trip consists mostly of lengthy driving. We stop briefly, however, to speak with a nomadic Amazigh family. Continue reading Sahara, Part II: A Nomadic Amazigh Family on the Return Home

Sahara, Part I: “Camping” in the Desert

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I have never been tent-camping because I have been firmly sure I would hate it. The most I have compromised with the wild has been to live in camp cabins—dirty, bedbug-infested and filled with the stench of hundreds of past residents in the middle of the woods. I’m sure that, on those trips, mosquitoes deliberately targeted me. Continue reading Sahara, Part I: “Camping” in the Desert

撒哈拉沙漠 之一——在撒哈拉沙漠露营

我从来没有露营过,因为我非常确信我不会喜欢。 我和大自然最亲密的接触就是住在小木屋里– 脏,臭虫乱飞,木头中间还夹杂着住过的人的难闻的气味。而且我坚信蚊子总是故意咬我。

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Treading Through Rabat in Worn Sneakers

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The term “third world country” initially described countries affiliated with neither the United States nor the Soviet Union during the Cold War. “Second world countries” allied with the Soviets and “first world countries” allied with the U.S. For this reason, the term “second world” has today gone out of use, while the “third world”—which consisted of mostly poor countries during the era—has been conflated on a worldwide basis to describe less economically and politically strong countries. Continue reading Treading Through Rabat in Worn Sneakers

穿着旧球鞋穿梭于拉巴特街头

第三世界这个用语最早是用来指那些在冷战期间,既不是美国也不是苏联阵营的国家。第二世界是那些和苏联结盟的国家,第一世界是指和美国结盟的国家。因为这个原因,现在已经没有人用第二世界这个用语了,而在当时主要指贫穷国家的第三世界已经被用来泛指世界上那些政治和经济不太发达的国家。 Continue reading 穿着旧球鞋穿梭于拉巴特街头

Cuisine in Cairo: A Summary

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Although conversation and behavior do not always cross linguistic and cultural barriers, food always does. I am finally home, but I already miss the many new food experiences I have had in Egypt. Since I am a food addict (I have to eat at least three times a day!), I have decided to compile all of my best meals in Cairo. These are my culinary adventures… Continue reading Cuisine in Cairo: A Summary

Sufi Dancers at Khan al-Khalili

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I did not grow up in a family receptive to art or performance. Though I took years of drawing class, my parents always judged my artwork against a metric of skill rather than an inherent value in my effort or care. During my music concerts, they would often doze off in the back. And it’s not their fault; different people are differently responsive to aesthetic. However, as a result, while I am very appreciative of art, I often do not have a methodology to expressing my appreciation. Continue reading Sufi Dancers at Khan al-Khalili