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A Glimpse of Ramadan in Cairo

Hey all, I haven’t written a post in a long time now but that is because I was away visiting family in Egypt. I have now returned home and I am ready to write a few lines about a subject I promised to write about before and about two images that touched my soul during my stay in Egypt. On 6th of July, Ramadan started. Ramdan is still ongoing as I am writing this post. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration observed by Muslims all over the world; it is a month of fasting, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and...

Citybreak in Athens, Greece

I haven’t written a post for a long time now but that is because I was away on a 3-day citybreak with my husband, in Athens. All our weekends this summer are busy and the weekend of 27th of May until 30th of May was the only free time we could go on a short trip abroad together. So once the decision was made I started looking for something to book last minute, not too expensive, a place where none of us had been before and a place with both things to do and things to visit, to please us both :D. You know, some people prefer relaxation whereas others...

Short Trip to Iasi, Romania

I haven’t written a post in a long time, but here we go :). On Friday, after getting a full tank of gas and equipping our car with a much needed GPS, my husband and I decided to go on an adenture, a short trip and drive to a neighbouring city for the first time alone and by ourselves. The city we visited is called Iași and is about 1 and half – 2 hours drive from our place. I booked us a room at a small hotel and made a short list of objectives, places and things to do there during our stay, 2 days and 1 night. Unfortunately, some of...

Celebrating Easter in Romania

Easter, also called Pascha* or Paşti (in Romanian) is one of the most important yearly Christian celebrations that celebrates the fundamental event of Christianity, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on the third day after His crucifixion on Great Friday. Easter date is based on two astronomical phenomena: the spring equinox and the rotation of the moon round the Earth. Therefore, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. Celebrating Easter is preceeded by a long fasting period that commemorates the events before Christ’s Resurrection. The last week of the Great Fast/Lent (“Postul Mare” in Romanian) called Passion Week/Holy Week (“Saptamâna...

GOD is ONE

Orthodox – Christians are soon celebrating Easter and only one month later Muslims are celebrating Ramadan, both two very important religious celebrations for their followers and the countries they come from, although thinking better, the 3 days of Easter are more like the end of Ramadan (Eid), same as the long fasting period preceding Easter is similar to the month of Ramandan when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. These 2 approaching celebrations got me thinking. As you already know if you read my previous posts I am now part of an even bigger family that brings together two different religions (Orthodoxy and Islam),two different countries (Romania and Egypt), two different...

Sequoia – Middle Eastern Restaurant, Greek Restaurant,Barbeque Restaurant – Review

Sequoia is a Middle Eastern, Greek and Barbeque Restaurant located on the side of the Nile, on 53 Abo El Feda Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt. I have only been once to this restaurant, in February 2016 with my husband, family and friends. One of our friends had made a reservation prior to our going there. It was such a cozy delicious and amazing experience that I promised myself to stop by that restaurant again,whenever opportunity arises and to recommend it further to whoever is interested in a classy and chic taste of Egypt! Sequoia is the perfect blend of modern and traditional. From personal experience I recommend Sequoia for the...

Abou Shakra Restaurant in Cairo, Egypt – Review

Abou Shakra was the first restaurant I have been to in July 2015, in Cairo, during Ramadan. My fiance took me there, in one of their branches close to our home, close to a Western Union in Al Haram. The memory of that first visit to Abou Shakra will always stay with me. The place was full, all tables were occupied by large families, grandparents, parents and children, everyone waiting for the sunset in order to have the first bite of food for the day. I was impressed by the traditional yet modern design of the small restaurant, by the waiters dressed up in elegant costumes with neckties and bowties,...

The Beautiful Side of Egypt – Egypt through My Eyes

!! The first photograph in my mini gallery at the bottom of my post was shot and belongs to Stuart Freedman, an extremely talented photographer who was kind enough to let me put this one photo here. The reason I wanted his photograph here is because I feel it expresses so well my love for coffee and it fits the spirit of Khan-el-Khalili (although it wasn’t taken there) and therefore, partially, the spirit of Egypt :). You can find the exact photograph here A man makes coffee and tea behind the bar of the Tahrir Cafe, Cairo, Egypt SFE_130125_226.jpg and more information about mister Stuart Freedman here Stuart Freedman. The photographs under which...

My World of Warcraft History and How I Met My Husband

It all started in the summer of 2007. In July-August of that year (after my baccalaureate exam) my little brother asked for my help with installing a new PC game he had received as a gift from some family friends. The game I am talking about was World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Only the name was partially familiar to us as we had previously played Warcraft 3. So I proceeded to installing the game, making an account, getting a subscription and letting my little bro enjoy playing the game. Very soon though he abandoned the game as he was not even 9 year old at the time and the...

Rain

The photo above, set as my featured image, does not belong to me, nor is it taken by me. It is Barefoot in the Rain by Anne Marthe Widvey, via Flickr.  It is said that when it rains God cries for our sins and in that way He washes us, He purifies us. I have always loved rain, I have never been afraid or uncomfortable, I have never backed out of rain. I rarely used an umbrella and when I did it was only to protect something important, like a book or some words on a paper. Not myself! I do not see rain as something to protect myself or run away...