I’d like to thank Sarah Sandoval, of In the Life of Sara Sandoval for being the inspirational muse responsible for this post. On 24 April, 2014, Sara nominated me for “The One and Only Liebster Award!” The rules for accepting this award are to link back to the post where you received your award, reveal 11 things about yourself, answer 11 questions from the one who nominated you, nominate 11 more blogs for this award, and ask them to answer 11 questions. There’s obviously a special relationship between Liebster and the number 11, and I am an especially big fan of special relationships, so I’m quite happy to accept this award and let you all in on 11 Little Secrets of my life in Egypt:
Aladdin at 35, with his pet monkey
11 Little Secrets About Aisha’s Egypt:
1. I am married to Aladdin!
Lol, not really, but this is my husband when he was working for the Egyptian Government in neighboring Sudan as an Arabic teacher. He had this gorgeous little pet monkey for a while, and the monkey liked to ride around on Mohamed’s shoulder everywhere he went. This special relationship came to a quick end, however, when the monkey kept ruining Mohamed’s nice white galabiyah by refusing to go behind a tree like good monkeys ought to do when they have to go to the bathroom! Buh-bye, Aboo! I’m really glad someone took this photo so I could see how adorable my husband was when he was younger. He’s still very handsome to me, but I have to admit that this is probably my favorite picture of him!
2. I am in love with the donkeys of Egypt
Especially in the countryside, where the agricultural way of life is more common, it often seems there are more donkeys here than cars. There is a very special relationship between a farmer and his donkey. Donkeys are able to find their way into the fields, going where no car or truck can go. They feed themselves politely from the field while the farmer is loading up their backs with bundles. They are the most patient of companions, traveling daily back and forth from home to field and field to market, and finally from market back to home. They obediently carry whatever is required, patiently pulling a cart or a piece of farm equipment, and I love the sound of their clip clopping hooves on the street as they pass by our home.
My Daughter Watching An Egyptian Horse Dancing To Mizmar Music
The greatest thing about having a blog is my opportunity to share all the excitement of everyday life in Egypt. From my high school days, I have loved Middle Eastern music. I made weekly trips to the Record Store in town to check out the latest LP’s in the World Music bin, spending my saved up lunch money on awesome sounds instead of disgusting cafeteria food. When cassette players came out, I made cassette copies of my albums, and I still have several of those old cassette tapes. Fast forwarding to my forties, when Mohamed and I married and he came to us in the States, I once played my favorite old cassette while we were driving. He listened in amazement and asked where did I get that music? He told me the name of the artist and the song, and said he listened to this when he was growing up, back in his village in Egypt! We were stunned to think that we were both enjoying the same music 25 years earlier, on two separate ends of the earth!
“Grab the camera, the sheep are coming!”
This is a wonder to behold. You can never underestimate the captivating power of a passing flock of sheep.
Well, maybe you could, but not me!
Especially if they are herded by an adorable little boy taking his duty so seriously.
You can see it in his face, the way he lightly flicks his stick to contol his herd’s advance.
My Daughter And I Riding A Camel Up To The Pyramids
One glance at the pyramids is proof enough that the date on the calendar holds no meaningful relevance to the age of anything in Egypt. They say character has no age, but in Egypt, the older something gets, the more character it acquires. Time runs at a very unique speed here. Even the traffic runs at a very unique speed. This is because Egyptian streets are full of surprises. Relics of every form of transportation known to man are still jockeying for position on the lively highways and byways of this amazing country. Let’s take a ride! Continue reading →