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Category Archives: Sabbatical

The Light

We did the selfie, and isn’t she the loveliest? There is a religious / cultural thing which belongs to Muslims / Arabs – it is the belief that there are…

The Slow And Steady

We did all of the puzzles this morning, and ate all of the cheese. I can stare at Baby A, The Philosopher King, all day; so easy on the eyes…

The Replenishment

My mother’s cousin whom I’d only met as a child, found out I was in the country. As did a relative of my father’s, who is my namesake. One person…

The Taste of Home

At home, I don’t have or want a car. We have excellent public transportation, and I have my legs. If needed, there’s uber and both momma and baba’s cars. Really,…

The Baby Jesus

Merry Christmas! They had to wrangle me away from this guy, he was so well stuffed and cuddly. A spa day, I spent it exchanging well wishes with everyone home…

The Pestle Wielder

I spent the better part of my day rambling through a Nubian village, admiring the unadulterated use of all colours more vivid than I had expected. Beauty lives here, and…

The Grandest Gesture

Again this morning we woke before the sun, and travelled three hours through what the Egyptians call the ‘Western Sahara’ (not the actual Western Sahara, but rather the Sahara to…

The Little Buddha

Today was a different kind of soul-full. We spent the morning at Temple of Edfu, and the afternoon at Temple of Kom Ombo. First, the entrance. At the Temple of…

The Day With The Sun

More pictures after the post, for those on Instagram. I am writing this while floating down the Nile toward the Temple of Edfu, and having a cup of fantastically strong…

The Hot Float

Preamble: For those following on instagram, there are more photos after the words. And over here are photos from today’s trip to Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of…

The Do Nothing Challenge

They gave me a forklift with which to eat my fruit salad, y’all. Maybe they looked at my mouth and thought I needed help? Point is, if you need me,…

The Slowed Heart

My deen directs that taqwa (piety) is best attained through ihsan (a kindness, well above and beyond, given without an expectation of anything in return). As example, take when we…

The Emotional Roller Coaster

It was a sound unfamiliar, and I wasn’t sure if it was human-made. As I entered the hospital this morning, she was in the hallway, surrounded by women. Her child,…

The Trustworthy Man

He asked me why I had never married, and I told him it was because I had not yet met a truly honest and trustworthy man. Later, he said “I…

The Town

Before departing for Cairo, we stopped in the town of Bawidi to pick up some food for the long Saharan road back. Here, interestingly, by the man from whom I…

The White Desert

Late last night, Bedouin music took us to the Black, Crystal, and White deserts, in the heart of Egypt. I am most calmed next to water; today, sitting alone hearing…

The Cleverly Named Hospital

I spent my morning volunteering at 57357 Hospital. As mentioned yesterday, I wore my Cookie Monster t-shirt which was a definite big hit. I plan on dressing for the kids,…

The Twirling Skirts

I am now a volunteer at 57357 Hospital, an extraordinary institution dedicated solely to children, aged 18 and under, with cancer. I will volunteer with them every day I am…

The 15 Year Heartache

Pro  Tip 2: You never know where a bidet will target. If you don’t like surprises, turn the knobs very slowly. *** I went out for a 2 hour walk…

The Family History

Pro Tip: Always carry tissue with you while in Cairo. Though all public washrooms have bidets (yay!), they do not all have tissue. I mean. I’m all for a clean…

The Day with Baba

I spent more one-on-one time with Baba today than I have since possibly 2009. Quite happily, he took me to masjid Mohamed Aly (mosque), Al-Azhar Park, and then for a…

The Streets

We got our hair did, after which Heba was nice enough to agree to a partial walk home. During our walk, we received a few polite, albeit very curious looks…

The Traditional Breakfast

It was our final day in Sharm, spent primarily by the water. But not before a breakfast at which, though we were only five people, there were 27 threads of…

The Natural Wonders

Today was a great day split two ways: Hiking, and snorkeling. I am sharing only my favourite three moments, these a hard draw because everything was so wonderful – 1….

The Step-Siblings

It is amazing that my aim is to suddenly get through a day without ruining my winged (above eye) eyeliner. Why? Four reasons in four days, as follows: – Three…

The Salt-Water Softness Philosophy

Formatting Note: As with yesterday, should you keep swiping past the words, you will often find more photos from the day on which the piece was published. “I look at…

The Uncle

Fact which I share with all family members: He is my favourite patrilineal uncle. Some while back, the Israelis allowed him to leave Gaza, and come to Cairo. Since last…

The First Salaam

Shortly before the taking of The Sabbatical, T, my baba’s wife began planning the surprise for his 70th birthday – me. Last night, it all came together perfectly, much to…

The First Sunrise

Somewhere over Great Britain. I could have slept through her, but decided to keep her company instead, while drinking the truly shit Air Canada coffee. I am presently enjoying a…

The Starter Trip

I am sat at the airport enjoying the Christmas decorations and though it’s not yet December 1st, I am very good with this because I love Christmas and all of…

The 2018 Journal

Beginning January 1, 2018, this has served as my heart-keeper. Every year, since I was a very young child, I have created and kept a journal. This year, for the…

The Sabbatical

For years, I have wanted to take my one year sabbatical. For years, I have always held off because I didn’t wish to take it without a partner, with whom…

The Order In The Country

I can neither drive a motorcycle, nor identify a getaway plan were I able to motor this thing. Imagine then my sadness when I came upon it and could do…