Ya girl has officially touched down in Egypt 🇪🇬
Yesterday, I arrived at the airport where a TSA worker said to me very warmly, “welcome to Egypt.” I was immediately picked up by my beautiful friend, Hala, and we drove 40 minutes to her home right in the heart of Cairo. I knocked out for a little bit (all the flying wore me out) and woke up to join Hala’s family for a hot, authentic Egyptian meal. .
My first impression of the city is that it lives up to being the focal point of Ancient Egypt. The architecture is truly historic and the city looks verrrry old. Hence, its name “Old Cairo.” The weather right now gets to above 100 degrees, but according to local customs, wearing shorts or anything revealing is unacceptable [With 100 degree weather we might have to see about that 🤣]. The heavy presence of the Muslim religion means a vast majority of people (especially women) are covered. I, personally, might have a heat stroke. But hey, chronicles of adjusting abroad! .
Speaking of adjusting, I have a post on the way about what it’s like visiting a new place and living among locals versus staying in a hotel/sticking to tourism. I’m also going to be very intentional during my stay here about learning more of Islam. I’ve just finished the Autobiography of Malcolm X and the book really peaked my interest in the Muslim religion.
So. stay tuned for new and backed up content! .
As per usual, I do not take for granted how blessed I am to be able to be here. All praise due to the One above. Thank you to everyone who is following my journey 🙏🏽
#Tbt to 2016 and my tennis dreams coming true when I finally made it to Wimbledon. 1 grand slam down, 4 to go! ... Also, the 2018 championships definitely brought some epic matches all tournament long! My fav was both men’s semis, what about y’all’s?
These guards acting like they’ve never seen an otter chilling at #Wimbledon .
In a #tbt mood watching the tournament this past fortnight. Look at me using fancy English words appropriately. This pic pic is from 2016. #🎾 #🇬🇧
We woke up early, rented bicycles, and rode to this forest to beat the crowds. We got lucky! There were only a few people there when we were walking through this enchanted bamboo grove. While we were leaving around 9, the crowds of people started flooding in, along with several tour groups. We high-fived and rode off to monkey park 🐵
Marsh Creek State Park - Marsh Creek is one of my favorite close to home getaways. And today we had the pleasure of spending my mom’s Birthday here kayaking and picnicking. I basically grew up kayaking so (unlike biking) I can always get right back into it! It’s probably the only thing I can beat Lucy in 😂💪🏼