The Town at the End of the Universe

I am so honored that Mohamad asked me to be a guest author for his Around the World category.  I’m a little intimidated.  He is one of the greatest bloggers I know and he is very generous with his time and experience to new bloggers like myself.

When most people write about their cities, they have a lot of pictures of famous buildings and lavish architecture.  You won’t find that here.  You’ll see scenery.  It’s all we have and for most of us, it is more than enough.

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Hospitality and Humor in Cairo

Mohamed kindly asked me to write a guest post for his blog and I thought you might enjoy some tales from my time in Cairo.  My husband was given an overseas posting to Cairo, Egypt in the fall of 2002.  It wouldn’t have been my first choice but my mum had died that year and an overseas posting seemed like an answer to my grief.  His American company was particularly hopeless at finding us accommodation so I went out and contracted my own realtor who found us a beautiful villa to rent on a quiet street in the suburb of Maadi.  Maadi means ferry crossing and the town was on the banks of the Nile at the southernmost edge of the huge city of Cairo.  When we lived there, it was still on the edge of the desert and filled with wildlife.  We had buzzards, foxes, Egyptian fruit bats and endless birds on migration.

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Nature Heals

Often times, you can find me staring outside a window at work or at home, daydreaming about wanting to be outside.

Not everybody is like me, and I’m sure a lot of people enjoy the comforts of their own home and the modern conveniences we have. I know I enjoy phone apps, computers, television (when I can find time to watch it), indoor plumbing, and all kinds of things that we have. But… there’s still something inside my very skin that craves to be outside like nothing else. This feeling awakens from its winter hibernation around springtime – now! (I actually still have desires to be outside during the winter time, me acting on that desire is less likely than in warmer months.)

What I’ve found out is, nature is so great for de-stressing. As you know it, we carry a lot of stress inside us, and not enough people take the time to do something about it. There are many things that could relieve stress, sure, but nature is one of the key things that could beat it.

When you are in tune with nature, you are connecting to your core being – how the Creature intended you to be.

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This is a beautiful nature pic from the Cotswold in England when I had the pleasure of visiting in 2011. I absolutely love these rolling, open hills and scattered trees.

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Lovely Lucca

Lucca is one of my favourite cities in Italy. One of the things I like most is that it is still a living Italian city. While many tourists visit Lucca, Italians still live and work here making a visit a true Italian experience.

A great place to join the locals in on the incredible wall that circles the city. The oldest parts of the wall are 500 years old and it is left from the days when Lucca was in a strategic position in the squabbles between Florence and Pisa. The 4.2 kilometre wall was once surrounded by a moat.

These days there is a walking path around the top of the wall. Huge plane, tiglio and chestnut trees provide shade in the warm months. Walk, ride a bike or sit and watch the world go by.

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