Category Archives: Religion / Spirituality

Christmas with a difference

I will write more here soon about this Christmas season, which has been very different for me compared to previous Christmas times in Egypt. Sharm el Sheikh is such an international community, that Christmas is much more celebrated here than … Continue reading

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Cairo – special places revisited

Next month it will be 20 years since I first visited Egypt and first experienced the pyramids, Citadel of Salah Al-Din and Mosque of Mohammad Ali, Saqqara and the step pyramid. And it is 10 years since I have visited … Continue reading

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Sharm el Sheikh winter, and some moments of warmth and happiness

today I am catching up on January by adding several posts, so if you don’t want to miss anything or get half the story, flip back and forwards for all posts dated 26 January. We are now over the worst … Continue reading

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St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai

Life is mostly work for me, the exotic sound of “living in Egypt” has long been replaced by a routine that is not exciting, some days is simply exhausting and frustrating just as life anywhere can be, but it can … Continue reading

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Happy Eid

Ramadan is over and three days of Eid celebrations have begun. I will post later with some interesting links and wonderful photos on Ramadan. I feel calmer and stronger than at the beginning of the month. Challenges remain, but hopefully … Continue reading

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Ramadan fun, and breaking fast for a cause

Ramadan isn’t only the difficulties of fasting and the seriousness of spiritual contemplation. When people gather to eat during the evenings, there is plenty of enjoyment. Aside from meals with family, eating and drinking is often shared with friends, or … Continue reading

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Ramadan Kareem

“Fasting the month of patience and three days of each month remove rancor of the heart.” Ahmad, Bazzar The word Ramadan is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of food and drink. It is … Continue reading

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Summer and religious seasons

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell Summer is here. As I found last year, Egypt gets about a week of … Continue reading

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Whirling – Egyptian Tanoura

The whirling dance of Tanoura is just one aspect of Sufi life that fascinates me. It is impossible for me not to be drawn in by the power of these performances, even when it is a performance designed for tourists … Continue reading

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Despite the darkness, life goes on

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Christopher Columbus (thanks to my friend A in Australia for this timely quote) Life is difficult for me at the moment, and I … Continue reading

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