Fall 2010

October 14, 2010

Arabic Study

Arabic classes at ETC in Hadayek el Maadi ended with exams and a party.  The teachers at ETC brought delicious Egyptian dishes to the school and we…

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October 8, 2010

Sinai

We headed east on the Suez Desert Road to the Sinai peninsula.  Our destination was St. Catherine’s, the small town that is near the base of Mt….

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October 3, 2010

Upper Egypt

We boarded the night train at Giza station and headed south to Upper Egypt. After twelve hours of restless sleep and 900 kilometers of railroad tracks we…

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September 25, 2010

Alexandria

Once again we traveled north on the Desert Road, to the beautiful port city of Alexandria. The city is named for Alexander the Great who occupied Egypt…

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September 19, 2010

Anafora

We traveled north of Cairo on the Alexandria Desert Road to a Coptic Retreat center.  Anafora is a compound surrounded by fruit, olive, date and other trees….

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September 16, 2010

The Citadel

Our afternoon class was at the Citadel, a fortress built in the 12th century by Salah al-Din on a hill overlooking Cairo . We spent most of…

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September 13, 2010

Old Cairo

We took the Metro to Old Cairo, the site of the oldest Christian communities in the area of the city known in early Christian history as the…

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September 12, 2010

Our first field trip took us to Giza to see the pyramids and the Sphinx and later to the ancient sites of Memphis and Saqqara.  In a…

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September 8, 2010

Week 1

The week began with Arabic classes,  and a series of cultural orientations by Heba, Tom and Mennonite Central Committee volunteers.  We learned to use the Metro system…

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September 3, 2010

The students arrived safely in Cairo and we headed straight to Eman house in Helwan. They had a chance to play some frisbee, volleyball and practice Arabic…

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