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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...

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...

Medical Tests For Marriage In Egypt

As I told you in a post before getting our medical tests – which are a marriage requirement – was really an action-movie-like adventure! During all the time we were running back and forth trying to obtain all the necessary documents to get married I was browsing many forums on the Internet and that is how I got lots of help and plenty of pieces of useful information  – from other women’s experiences that I managed to pick from various blogs and forums. So, I was really glad and excited when I read on one of these pages about EL MOUNIRA PUBLIC HOSPITAL. I thought we hit the jackpot and...

Getting Your Marriage Certificate Transcribed At The Romanian Embassy In Cairo

Getting married and going to the embassy for a visa for your husband is not enough for him travel freely to your home country immediately. Be prepared for another lengthy procedure. Every country and every embassy have their own requirements and working style, I can only write about my experience with the Romanian Embassy in Cairo next. First of all no one ever answers the phone at the Romanian Embassy in Cairo. I will put here the address, the phone numbers, email address and working hours but most likely you will have to go there in person just for information or to make an appointment. Consular Section (Consulate) of the...

Getting Married To An Egyptian Man

The only marriage recognized (or better said “recognizable”) between an Egyptian man/citizen and a foreign woman/citizen is the one performed at the Ministry of Justice in Lazoghly Square, Office of Marriage of Foreigners (4th floor), in Abdin, Cairo. You do not need an appointment. When you have all the documents ready you can go there together and do it. There are many couples waiting in line so you will be given some forms to fill in and an order number and you will be called when it is your turn. Full address: Shara Iqari, Ministry of Justice Annex – Office of Marriage of Foreigners, Lazoghly Square, Abdin, 4th Floor, Down Town, Cairo No institutions...

Preparations For Getting Married With An Egyptian Man (As A Foreigner/Romanian Woman) – Obtaining All The Documents. Part II

Back to the subject of the previous post, no matter if you need a temporary residence visa for 1/3/6 months for touristic or non-touristic purposes or a temporary residence permit for 1/3/5 years you will have to follow the next steps and obtain the following documents: A form called APPLICATION NO. 7 from an open desk (not a window desk, just some sort of a table desk) in the middle of the corridor (on the same side where windows 53, 30, 12 etc are) where 2 public servants sit, one of them being some sort of policeman or “the office” as people there refer to him as. Make sure to...

Preparations For Getting Married With An Egyptian Man (As A Foreigner/Romanian Woman) – Obtaining All The Documents. Part I

When I first traveled to Egypt for the purpose of getting married to my Egyptian fiance (on 29th of September) – my second time in Egypt – I thought one – two months maximum would be enough for us to get married, get our marriage certificate transcribed at the embassy and get his visa and plane tickets to Romania. I made a mental plan, I even added some extra time for unforeseen situations and I thought in two months, maybe three I would be back home, in Romania, for work. Five and a half months later I was still in Egypt. It is true that we had a problem with...