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Let NOT ANYTHING GO WASTE

I always hated throwing food. It’s an ethical issue. I live in a country where more people living on bread crumbs than people eating three meals per/day.That’s why I invented a food recycling concept. This concept doesn’t only work on the idea of creating new recipes from leftovers, but also it can redress the food that you are not normally crazy about to something you might actually crave for. STAY TUNED FOR RECIPES.

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Is being a traveler considered a skill?

This has been always a mind boggling question for me. By being a traveler, I don’t mean travelling with an organized group, where everything is planned for u. I also don’t mean going alone on a business or a leisure trip, where an agent booked ur ticket, ur hotel, and ur excursions/programme for u. By a traveler I mean less planning, more spontaneity, and more emersion into the place u r going to. Being more open to the fact that may be things will not go according to plan. Its being willing to sleep at a stranger’s house where u don’t speak much of the language, or not being too picky about food, and trying different habits. In short, going out of ur comfort zone.

 

In my travels, I have seen these innate travelers. Very flexible, very open, they can do anything and everything. They have an amazing coping capability, and when their plans go wrong, they can’t be more thrilled. I was lucky to have met these people on some of my trips. They ooze positivity, they see obstacles as life lessons, and challenges as adventures.

So what if u r not the same? Or u don’t have these qualities up to that extent? What if you are a bit uptight about sleeping in a strangers’ house, or trying new food? Shall this realization deter u from travelling, or having ur own adventures? I would say a firm NO. It’s true that some people are born with a natural sense of adventure. U can even spot it in children on the swings in any play ground. Some of them are so scared to hop on, and others the same age, want to swing till they reach the skyline.

The good news is these skills if the person is AWARE of them, can be acquired by experience. The more u backpack, and the less u plan, the more these things will come easy to u. from my travels, I realized that not all surprises are necessarily bad ones. Not all the food that looks funny is necessarily have a bad taste. Strangers, can be best friends later in life. Each and everyone can learn these skills at his or her own pace. So shed the trappings of ur perfectly planned life and start PLANNING ur own little adventure.

Amira

Iran: One of the most controversial travel destinations.

In Iran, there is more than that meets the eye. One thing I learned from this trip, NEVER TRUST THE MEDIA.

Although Iran is an off-the-beaten-path travel destination, given all its restrictions, when the chance of visiting presented itself, we clutched at the opportunity. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, and an aesthetically beautiful one at that, the land once known as Persia is now open to Egyptian visitors without any visa requirements.

Read more……

http://www.cairo360.com/article/sightsandtravel/5183/iran-an-alternative-escape-from-cairo

A compact guide to Siwa

The sunset oasis

Amira El-Naqeeb composes a compact guide on how to make the best of a holiday in Siwa

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Clockwise from top: contemplating sunset; at home in the sky ceiling room; the majestic hills standing proudly in Taghaghien Island; bonding with nature in the Ghaliet photos: Iman Fouad & Mohamed El-Ghareeb


Siwa is much more than a getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. It offers a beguiling blend of antiquity, nature and wellness. With Easter approaching, Siwa offers long weekend visitors a chance to make the best of their stay, teeming with life and activities.

You should mark your calendar for the Gabal Al-Dakroury and Siwan Festival which is a three-day event in October according to the Hijri (moon) calendar. Gabal Al-Dakroury was chosen by Siwan tribes as a middle ground for this annual festival, according to Mustafa Yousri, a local tour guide. “It is far removed from the tribal disputes of 150 years ago,” he explained. “They decided to come together and celebrate for three days the harvest season and reconciliation among the tribes.” People gather from all over Siwa, bringing food to eat and share together. Outsiders are welcome to join them if they happen to be in the neighbourhood during the festival……..Read more

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1092/tr31.htm

Tips for ideal travelers: How to be an efficient traveler

  • Choose the clothes that you really need.
  • Try to divide your bag into compartments, so you can put and arrange the stuff you need priority wise; day clothes, night clothes.
  • Choose the right bag. If you have three regular destinations, then pick the right bag for the right destination; (carry -on-backpacks, suitcases..etc.)
  • Travel off season. So you can do last minute decisions regarding flights, accommodation, and excursions without the pressure of the high season.
  • Plan ur trip b4 hand, so u wont waste time when u get there.
  • Invest in a small phrasebook if u don’t know the language of the ur target destination.

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A weekend in Singapore

First impression about Singapore is that it is a London wanna be.  If you think so, think again.  If you have a quick stop in Singapore , read this post and you will have a quick idea on where to go in Singapore if you have a short stay.

Flying to Singapore is an adventure that I have long yearned for. Not only because I have never been to Asia, but also because it’s a hub and destination for many high-end holidaymakers and businessmen. Singapore was able to establish its reputation as a truly modern metropolis in only 45 years, after separation from Malaysia in 1965, when it became an independent multi-ethnic republic.

Flying on Singapore Airlines (SIA), which positions itself as the gateway to Asia, certainly makes this destination more accessible; travelling business-class makes it a further delight. In-flight entertainment had something for everyone and left no room for boredom. Meanwhile, the comfortable cushioned seats stretch out into restful beds. I know plane food can be a joke, but not on this trip; you look through a menu and choose your preferred meal, cooked by world- renowned chefs. Within one hour aboard the plane, all my worries about the 12-hour flight vanished.

Upon landing, I was bombarded by different impressions. At first sight, it looks like Dubai but at night it’s more like New York; the Singapore Flyer, which is a replica of The London Eye, adds a British flavour to it too. But after spending a few days there, I realised that despite the similarities, Singapore pulses with a creative energy of its own……Read more

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/992/tr32.htm