Author Archives: Daniel Kim

Reflections on Egypt

As I reflect on the past seven months, recent events of the “Lotus Revolution” have put a radical twist on my perspective of my time abroad. My immediate reaction to returning to the US (prior to the revolution in Tunisia) … Continue reading

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First Half Round-Up

At some point, I realized that there is no way for me to catch up as thoroughly as I wanted for all the moments and adventures I had neglected to chronicle these past few months. So here is my best … Continue reading

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Life at the American University in Cairo: Q&A

What was registering for classes like? Registering for classes was simple. I took courses over the summer, which meant I came in with only one class that I had initially registered for. I just went to the registration office the … Continue reading

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Siwa (2/2)

In possibly the best movie of all time, there is an iconic scene in which a glossy-eyed Tim Robbins muses to Morgan Freeman about a “warm place with no memory,” upon which the Pacific Ocean becomes the antithetic symbol of … Continue reading

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Siwa (1/2)

Until this past weekend, there honestly hadn’t been much to report. Class has been more intense, and my grade temporarily gained top priority – it’s what happens when you’re getting a single mark for 12 credits that apply directly to … Continue reading

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A Compilation of Random Observations

In no particular order, a compilation of random observations: 1. There are three English words that everyone knows. These words are “Welcome to Egypt.” Try to get from one place to another without hearing them directed at you; I’ll bet you … Continue reading

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The Week That Was

It’s another beautiful day in Alexandria. I am sitting on the balcony of my room in Hotel Egypt (the one I will be staying in for the next 8 weeks) in the mid-afternoon, listening to The Mixed Tape by Jack’s … Continue reading

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Alexandria: Day One

The first day of my stay here has been by far the most intense day of my life. Stepping off the train station in Alexandria (Mahatat Sidi Gaber), I was once again immediately swept up into a taxi, which took … Continue reading

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Welcome to Egypt

Ahlan wa sahlan! My name is Daniel, and I am writing to you from a train somewhere between Tanta and Damanbur, Egypt. I am excited for the opportunity to bring you along for all my adventures in Alexandria, Cairo, and … Continue reading

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