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Who? Taylor, Tay, TB. Recent graduate of a pretty nice university, in the topics of the literature of her mother tongue and the special relationships of state-actors. Known to blabber on about anything from international trade balances to the quantum physics of time travel. Thinks people who like to hear themselves talk are the worst kind of people. Is guilty, on many occasions, of being that kind of person.

What? A common greeting in Arabic is “Ahlan wa Sahlan” or just “Ahlan”. “Cheerio” is how the Brits say goodbye. Roughly translated, we then have hello and goodbye: the frame that we have most of our conversations in.

This blog started as a record of my study abroad term in Cairo, Egypt – please follow the tag “cairo” or “egypt” if you’re interested in such matters. Now Ahlan is internet extension of how random my own interests are. A blog of cultural whiplash is what I aspire to. For now.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellen permalink
    May 27, 2006 8:18 pm

    I’m hooked already, and have bookmarked your blog site. I’ll be checking in to read of your travels, because I’ve been a fan since I’ve known you! Keep on writing. Today…. your blog. Tomorrow… The New York Times. Count on it!

  2. Aunt Ri permalink
    June 5, 2006 2:32 pm

    Your words conjure up perfect visuals – we can’t wait to ride along with you on your travel adventures! Tell the truth now – it was that first trek across Pennsylvania to get to West Virginia that first sparked your interest in going to far off places??!!?

  3. Carl and Harv permalink
    July 14, 2006 7:45 pm

    Cairo is full of many adventures, and mysteries, and camels walking around and lying on doorsteps like dogs do in D.C., only here they are waiting to be hopped on to get to the Pyramids, or a coffee bar, or the market. You will be a wondrous traveller, and be forever changed. Watch out for the Queen’s Chamber, and remember to practice meditation and relaxation, as the climb up is best done by a 20 year old!
    Looking forward to seeing you. Looking forward to reading of your travels. Love and kisses, carl and harv

  4. Aunt Ri permalink
    August 25, 2006 7:15 pm

    Hi there – love the green cape thing! I am SOOO enjoying the running commentary – what an adventure – how long do you have to get acclimated? Are classes starting soon? Did you get to see that huge statue (Ramses?) being rolled through the streets? It was featured on the news tonight. What a sight that must have been. Everyone is fine here – very hot, but not 105 hot. Sounds like pony tail weather – will it be that way the whole time you’re there or does it cool off at all? Well, I guess I’ve asked enough questions for one day – we miss you and send you lots of hugs.
    Aunt Ri
    p.s. have you found a Starbucks????

  5. Julie permalink
    January 26, 2009 7:27 pm

    You forgot Tay-Bone, Bonesky, Street Bone, Bone Zone, etc. under “Who?”

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