Posts Tagged ‘North Africa’

Riel World photo – Mt. Sinai, Egypt


Two Bedouin men lead their camels down the mountainside at Mt. Sinai in Egypt.

Riel World photo: How big are the Egyptian pyramids?

Great Pyramid Cairo

Pretty big, actually. Check out these two photos for a view of the size of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza.

Riel World photo – Aswan, Egypt

Felucca on the Nile

Felucca sail boats on the Nile River near Aswan, Egypt.

Riel World photo – Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mt Sinai, Egypt

We watched the sunrise from atop Mount Sinai (after trekking up the mountain by flashlight from 2:45 to 5:15 a.m.). Now, we’re making our way back down the trail through the stark and stunning Sinai landscape on the way to St. Catherine’s Monastery.

Riel World photo – Dahab, Egypt

cafe in Dahab, Egypt

Dahab, Egypt A seaside cafe in the Red Sea town of Dahab, Egypt, on the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula.

Unlearning conformity in Egypt


It’s common throughout the Middle East, Asia, and some other regions of the world for a culture to value conformity over individualism, and memorization over creativity in education. This topic is covered in a recent article I came across, which discusses how the educational style at the American University in Cairo differs significantly from the typical Egyptian classroom.

African travel wonders

Here is a slightly older but intriguing piece that I recently came across: Africa’s top 10 travel wonders. You can guess some of the spots on the list – the Egyptian pyramids, the Nile River, the East African wildlife. But there is much, much more to see in Africa, despite the fact that the continent […]

Exotic Marrakesh

Marrakesh. The name conjures up images of winding souks, ancient palaces, desert winds, and perhaps even a snake charmer or two. It’s an exotic destination, even more so when you’re visiting with your 11- and 12-year-old children. That’s what Jennifer Conlin and her husband did recently, and their experience is beautifully recounted in this travel article. […]

“We don’t follow time”

So says a nomadic guide to Joe Ray, who wrote a nice article for the Boston Globe about his experience trekking the Sahara in southern Algeria. The piece captures the harsh beauty of the desert as well as the unique culture of the Touareg nomads who live in the region. The author on the desert: Desert […]

Backpacking Africa

Sure, you can go backpacking in Europe, or Southeast Asia, or Australia and New Zealand. But if you really want an adventure, what about wandering around part of Africa for a while? It’s not for everyone and it’s a more difficult form of travel, especially since the tourist infrastructure is not as well developed, but there are […]

The medieval magic of Fes

The city of Fes, Morocco, has enchanted many a traveler. Tahir Shah was spellbound by the medieval magic of Fes and wrote about the city for the U.K. Guardian. Walk through the bustle of Fes’s medina and it’s impossible not to be catapulted back in time. It is as if the old city is on a […]

Riel World photo – Nile River, Egypt


Nile River, Egypt Sunset over the Nile River near Luxor, Egypt.

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