December 2013 archive

Cairo Diary

10 things that I like to do when in Cairo:

1.    Visiting the Giza Necropolis to admire the Pyramids and Sphinx.

2.    Riding a camel in the desert.

3.    Taking a taxi and when you reach your destination, say thanks to Allah that you are still alive.

4.    Losing myself in the Khan el-Khalili Market while listening to the song “Tamally maak (=Always With You)” that suits the atmosphere of the market so well. Great memory!!!

5.    Taking a boat for a small cruise in the Nile River in night to enjoy the night colours of the city.

6.    Taking a part in an Egyptian marriage ceremony without being invited!! It doesn’t matter, they will welcome you anyway. Allah, Allah!!!

7.    Escaping from the crowd and traffic jam for tea in the Cairo Marriott Hotel.

8.    Visiting The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and seeing many mummies and many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history.

9.    Having an Egyptian friend willing to take hundred of photos of you without being bored and asking you when you are going to visit Cairo again.

10.    Walking through the streets of Cairo and talking spontaneously with the locals. They are all so nice and kind. It can also occur that you have to help them to push their car which has stopped in the middle of an avenue to start. The Greeks were always available to help.

I don’t know why, but I still have Cairo on my mind as the funniest travel I have ever done; I suppose I owe this to the 10 friends of mine who came with me. We knew how to have fun and that is all that counts.

Cairo, tammaly maak, We law hata ba eed any, Fe alby hawak.

12 things to do in Berlin

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12 things that I like to do in Berlin:

1.    Enjoying a cup of tea and delicious sweets in the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolate House looking at the Gendarmenmarkt.

2.    Exploring the German capital on a pink bicycle. The city is suitable for going around on bicycle because it has a highly developed bicycling infrastructure.

3.    Eating fish chips in the train stations – I love the fried shrimps!

4.    Going for a walk in the Tiergarten and having a break at the Cafe am Neuen See.

5.    Shopping in the Gallerie Lafayete on a Saturday morning and eating mussels in the basement of the department store.

6.    Having a cup of tea in the Wintergarten am Literaturhaus. The highlight is the garden when you sit down in a warm summer air.

7.    Taking funny pictures in the East Side Gallery. It is the second-most visited tourist attraction in Berlin.

8.    Visiting the flea markets where you can buy anything, or so it seems, and the Christmas Markets in December.

9.    Free walking tours in Berlin!! Amazing!! You can find them here: http://www.newberlintours.com/daily-tours/free-tour.html

10.    Visiting the museums in Museuminsel such as the famous Pergamonmuseum.

11.    Visiting Berlin’s oldest quarter Nikoleiviertel and stop for a break at the Ephraim’s Cafe. It is like a grandma’s house.

12.    But above all these, enjoying a red Berliner Weisse Beer in my favourite Dance Hall Ballhaus Clärchens in the Auguststrasse 24!!! Nowhere in the world I have ever found a place like that. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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