Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Islamic Architecture In Egypt
This is the Ibn Tulun masjid located in Cairo, Egypt. Being from the United States, everything is relatively new compared with everywhere else in the world that one could travel to. I think to date Cairo may be the oldest city that I have traveled to. You can feel the history in the air as soon as you arrive. More photos to come...

Monday, September 05, 2005

I was bored last night, so this is what you're getting...

Sometimes I just can't seem to find anything interesting to shoot in this city, but I'm trying...

Friday, September 02, 2005

I'm Back!!! Yeah!!!!!!

I know, it’s been a while. I had many other tasks lately, and had no time to take photos; plus it’s really hot, and I am after all a pale white boy who doesn’t feel like looking like a lobster after spending the entire day outside.

These photos are of my work colleague who wanted me to teach him how to use his old 70’s camera. If you look closely, you’ll find me in one of the shots.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ok, so as you can see I've had an accident and am not to happy about it.

Wheverever you go in the Arab world, it seems that everything just goes wrong in some way. For instance, when going out to any restaurant (even Western ones) you can't rely on the fact that you'll actually receive the food that you’re
ordered. Ex 1; the other day I ordered a Cheese burger at Hardees, and asked for no mayo; I even took the time to look at the receipt to ensure that the no mayo had been posted on the ticket, it was. When I received my burger, it had EXTRA MAYO! Ex 2: I went to a small restaurant to watch this weekends Arsenal/Newcastle match, I then order a vanilla milkshake. The bus boy delivers a vanilla milkshake (WOW) of course they've added pistachios; he takes it back after I request a vanilla one. The original waiter comes back with the original tainted milkshake and tells me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a vanilla milkshake, I tell him, "No, it's a vanilla milkshake with pistachios." The funny thing is, wherever you go, your order will always be wrong, yet, they feel you should be happy about it and accept whatever it is that they've given you.

This brings me to my wonderfully great news about my new bed. Yesterday I decide after 9 months of sleeping on a thin foam mattress, it was time to join the bed sleeping community. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was about my new acquisition. I flew home, and put it right together, grabbed my roommate and basked in his amazement over my new bed; that didn't last for long.

Last night I was doing my Arabic homework while laying on one side of my bed. I then decided to close my curtains before taking a short nap. Now, the fastest route to my window was a quick roll off the bed and TADA! I've arrived at my window! Before I ever made it to the side of my bed, the frame cracked in half, and my less than day old bed was BROKEN!!!!

The only joy I had out of the ordeal was my cat whom (yes, I do believe my cat to be a person) decided to investigate what had gone wrong. While sniffing the wooden planks, she decides that it was TYPICAL shoddy Arab craftsmanship. Thank you Neko....

Sunday, August 14, 2005

No matter what time of the night, you can always find a friendly vendor out there trying to make a living. When it comes to taking care of one's responsibilities, the Americans have a thing or two to learn from the Arabs.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

By Popular Request

I know, this may look gross to some, but people have been asking for a close up of the goats head. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

What's this!!!?

Men at a traditional Jordanian wedding prepare to eat Manseef. As you can see, they are respected members of the wedding party, they have been given the head of one of the slaughtered goats as their meal. I was offered, but can honestly say I'm not going there...