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It was the Women in the Mosque

We were walking around and around the enormous parking lot at the Alexandria, Egypt port looking for the guide we had contracted with to take the four of us to Cairo. Our itinerary included seeing the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, visiting a souk, and riding a camel—I know it is embarrassingly touristy and, in retrospect, I fear, riding is bad for the animals. First, …

Vancouver, BC–Two Views

  In the last six months, we visited Vancouver twice and had vastly different experiences—one we call the Cheery View and the other the Curmudgeon’s. Cheery View of Vancouver Pulling on my sweater and tying the knitted scarf around my neck, I step outside under the autumn leaves glowing in Vancouver’s morning sunshine. The list of places I plan to explore that day include Gastown, …