Originally from Mississippi, I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and moved to Tucson, Arizona. I spent a year there before moving to pursue my career in New York City. Nearly four years later on July 10, 2008, I arrived in Cairo.
I currently work and live in Cairo, but before arriving, I began researching other blogs to give me a sense of what I should expect. While everyone’s experience will be different, I could not find one accurate portrayal of actual life here. Every depiction made Egypt sound so romantic, but I wasn’t naïve enough to believe that it was all roses without the thorns. Thus I began a blog to help others that found themselves in my same situation. If you're new or thinking of relocating, make sure you read my earliest posts in order to gain a better sense of how I ended up where I am today.
Egypt holds a special place in my heart, but my blog not only reflects the beauty, but it also shows the not-so great side in order to offer a more rounded view. That being said please remember that these are my experiences and my opinions. Everyone has a different story and outlook so while you may not agree with the particular viewpoint, know that it is mine and mine alone and the views expressed on this blog are in no way representative of my company and/or employer.
Teachers move to Egypt and are instantly placed into a bracket with their peers all going through the same life experiences together. I didn’t have that luxury since I am not in academia, and I found it incredibly hard to meet people in the beginning. So I’ve tried to also make this blog a helpful tool for those of you that find yourself in the same sort of boat.
Had it not been for this blog, I would never have met some of the most dear people (Andy and Ashish, namely). I’m always around for any question that anyone may have so feel free to drop me a line, and I try to respond in a timely manner. Otherwise, happy reading.