It is extremely beneficial to have friends studying abroad in different countries/cities when you are. The most important reason being – free room and tour guide. When you want to travel cheaply while abroad, the best thing to do is figure out if any of your friends are studying in the cities you want to go to. If they are, you can possibly be able to stay with them instead of a hostel or hotel. Also, they will probably be more than happy to show you around the city if they don’t have work/classes. For example, my friend and I spent a long weekend in Paris at the apartment of a friend of his who was studying abroad and it saved both of us a great deal of time and money. In addition to giving us a wonderful tour of the city she saved us the expense of staying in a hostel in Paris, which can be rather expensive if you want a central location and decent accomodations. Of course, in return for your stay you should do something nice for the host, such as giving them a small present or taking them out to dinner. And be sure not to be an inconsiderate guest or you’re certain to not be invited back.
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Many of my photographs are taken during my travels through Europe, Asia and Africa. I'm continually seeking inspiration in the architecture I see, the local customs I engage in and the vibrant lifestyles of the people I meet. I see each photograph as a candid shot of someone's life in another country. Through my photography I want to erase borders that may exist because of distance, language or misunderstanding.
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Last night was my last night teaching at Better World and I’m rather sorry for that. My favorite experience being in Egypt was teaching English and Spanish at the Better World NGO classes in Heliopolis every Tuesday. My students were fun and energetic and always eager to learn. Even my duties as a daily manager […]
A few weeks ago I spent a weekend in Luxor with a friend of mine. It was a nice diversion from classes at AUC and very much welcomed. We took the cheapest option for getting to Luxor, an 11 hour train ride in second class. We left Cairo around 1 AM and arrived in Luxor […]
A few weeks ago my friends and I decided to climb Mt. Sinai supposedly where Moses received the commandments from God. We left late from Cairo so we would be able to reach Mt. Sinai and climb before the sunrise which actually turned out to be perfectly planned. The trip took around 7 or 8 […]
After living in and traveling around Egypt for a few months, I’ve come to realize that there is a certain art to bargaining here. For starters, Egyptian store clerks seem to think the fastest and most effective method of getting sales is hitting on any female that walks by. This certainly shocked me the first […]
This year I spent the first of my two weeks of Spring Break in Israel. We traveled from Eilat to Jerusalem and then to Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea before heading back to Cairo. The trip from Cairo to Taba wasn’t bad at all, only six hours or so and I remembered to pack […]