What a Ride!


Buses, boats, trains, hiking, history, hostels, cities, covid, weather, people, food! And at night, dreams! Of which my most recent is me trying to maneuver a car through a non-existent gap in a Cairo traffic jam (a normal day for residents of this sprawling 25+ million metropolis). I’m frantically yelling into the din that I need to get back to my blueberry field. I wake up in a cold sweat!

We mainly travelled around Cairo by metro

We have spent our last few days roaming through ancient churches, resting, and walking around the Souk (the Cairo Islamic market) where the crowd was crushing. It brought back a high school memory of going to a Queen concert at the Civic Center before they had reserved seating.

Carrying fresh bread for sale on his head

We also went to the Zabbaleen City (the literal translation is Garbage City), a Coptic community who’s entire thriving economy is based on collecting and recycling Cairo’s garbage. Coptics represent the majority of Christian’s in Egypt and the religion dates back to 42 A.D.. As we walked we could see women and children through doorways sitting in large, dark spaces surrounded by, and sorting vast seas of spread out garbage.

Overlooking a street in Zabbaleen City
St. Simon Monastery (also known as the Cave Church) is the largest church in the Middle East and is located in a cave in Mokattam Mountain in Zabbaleen City, in southeastern Cairo.
The walls were full of biblical carvings
Looking across ‘The City of the Dead’ at Cairo.

This trip has been a great adventure! There was less hiking than hoped for and more time spent in cities (which is challenging for me) but overall, it was a feast for all the senses, not the least of which was taste. I have eaten my way through Egypt and Jordan both, and now my work here is done.

Last supper in Egypt. Shawarma meat, fried veggies, olives and sauce are wrapped in large thin fresh bread and fried again.

We leave for the airport in a few hours and we are eager. The only thing better than travelling is coming back home. I am excited to see family and friends and if my night dreams are anything to go by, I’m also ready to get back to my blueberry field. And Gord is also ready to start planting seeds on his farm.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading and for your comments and emails. It has been a real pleasure sharing this extraordinary adventure with you. See you on the flip side!


10 responses »

  1. Looking forward to see you my friend. Thank you for taking us along with you on another amazing journey filled with beautiful pictures. Safe travels!

  2. Bon voyage de retour Arlene. It has been a treat for me to follow you and Gord along this journey. I feel enriched by the things I learned and the experience of following from a distance. Thanks for writing to us along the way, the mornings of my reading your stories were bright ones.

    • It has been wonderful to have you along Pierre. It’s always a struggle for me to know how much info to include. Thanks so much for the feedback! Hugs, Arlene

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. I have loved being part of your great adventures this year…❤️
    Thanks for sharing….as you always do. We feel so part of your travels and I love it.
    Safe journey home you two…
    Sitting here this Tuesday morning with coffee in hand, I read your recent blog by a sunny window. It’s has been cold cold cold here this week… -15 temps…no seeds to be planted yet 😉.

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