Warsaw, a city of history and a bad memory

After a 2 hour flight from Denmark, we arrive at Warsaw, Poland. This city was breathtaking and bleeding with modern history. A city that was once torn apart because of war, has bounced back to become a  gobal metropolis.

From the Russians to the Germans, Warsaw has seen a lot violence. A lot of the local art, reflects it’s history.

The part of Warsaw we were staying in, the buildings were new. The area was hit by Nazism during World War two and was left in ruins.  Most buildings now, are high-rises. We did not really get to see true Polish architecture. Well, at least not in Warsaw. 

Trying Polish food was very interesting. Some of the foods were not to my liking and others were amazing. Right now, I will focus on the dish that was not so favorable. 

The Polish love soup! The one soup, I regret trying, was mushroom soup. The picture above is the monstrosity. It’s as good as it looks, probably worse. I could not take the taste out of my mouth afterwards. Unfortunately, this taste well forever be engraved in memory. 

Thank you for taking your time to read this post. Sorry for being a little late this week.  Open Wifi in Cairo, is not an easy find. Next week we will be taking a nice hike on the outskirts of Warsaw. We will see real Polish architecture! Stay safe and much love! 

Denmark without the Vikings

Denmark, the land of the Vikings. If you think Denmark is only about Thor, then you are mistaken. There are parks to sleep in. 

After a 9 hour overnight flight, we landed in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tried and confused, we walked outside the airport. We had a six hour layover. Layovers are wonderful, if you see it as an opportunity to have a new country or city added to your itinerary for the price of one. 

Denmark, to our surprise, is very green. Also, the country had a very relax atmosphere. People we were not in a rush. The parks were not filled with people. Streets and cross ways had few to no people. 

The picture above is how you enter a park in Denmark. Part of our group played American football; while, I took a nap. 

The airport looks like an automatic gun. 

Denmark is a beautiful country. A country that I will revisit in the future. This country has a lot to offer and you will not be able to see it all in one day. 

Thank you so much for reading! I love you guys! Next week we will be in Poland. Have a great week and stay healthy. 

Thank you and I’m back

Hello!! Just wanted to say thank you for reading my posts. I love you all.  We reached over a 1000 followers!!! 

Just came back from Europe. Will return to the regular posting next week. Also, heading to Cairo during Eid. Can’t wait to share you all my experiences. You all will love it!

Stay safe!! Have a great week!

Dubai, the futuristic city

As my businesses partners and I entered Dubai, the first adjective uttered to describe Dubai was “futuristic”, with glossy buildings and man-made islands

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The first couple of days were hectic, we didn’t get to see much of the city as we were preparing for our pitch. During this time, we realized Dubai is very diverse city with 85% of it being expats, we met people from so many different countries, from Spain to the Philippines to Latin America and the USA

After the competition was over, we were invited to eat a delightful dinner buffet at Jumeirah beach hotel. The food was incredible, from local Egyptian food Koshary being offered to grilled shrimp and chocolate fountains. It was by the beach, overlooking the Burg Al-Arab, a beautiful sail-shaped building. (the room sticking out at the top is actually a tennis room).

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Although I did not have much time to check out the city’s extravagance, I was able to visit the tallest building in the world: Burg el khalifa. It reached up to the sky, and the building was covered with a lightshow- the building changed colours, patterns, lights shot up from the bottom of the building to the top, I was in awe.

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I also got a chance to see their dancing fountain, which is right next to the building. It is unlike any I have seen before, the water shot up into the sky exactly in sync with the music, lights changing based on the emotion being sung. The crowd gasped and cheered, there was even an applause… yes an applause for a fountain!

IMG_2040.pngInside the Dubai mall, there is an Area called SkiDubai with artificial snow- where you can ski, pet penguins and more. To get pumped up, I went zip lining in Ski Dubai, it was really cold, my face went numb, my eyes watered, it was hard to remember I was still inside a mall.

Finally, I also got away from the city, and we went to a park. The park was just beautiful, the colours, the butterflies, it was a refreshing change. It had houses, shapes, bridges built from flowers. It was simply breathtaking- it’s one of my favourite places visited so far.

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Dubai is the pinnacle of capitalism, a city of luxury and extravagance. I recommend it to all city-lovers!

Special thanks to my friend and business partner Mahmoud Sultan for letting me use his pictures in this post.

Thank  you for taking the time to read this post- hope you enjoyed it! I’ll be with you again next week, stay healthy.

Life in Cairo from the eyes of a Local

I’m filling in for the writer while he is traveling across Europe. In this post, I will be showing you my beautiful city, Cairo Egypt.

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When people think of Cairo, usually they picture a vast desert, pyramids, camels and tents. But that’s nowhere near reality, while you can go for hikes in the desert and ride camels or go sand boarding, Cairo is also a bustling city, where nothing closes and no one sleeps.

This city is perfect for those who love diverse spontaneous activities, from getting lost downtown among bright lights and loud music to taking a Nile cruise.

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This is a country that loves life and laughter, you can find a group of street cleaners kicking off the morning with some dancing, and people are not afraid to join in and enjoy the music.

Walking down the streets of Cairo, the smell of spices and street food lingers in the air. In the morning, street carts set up selling an delicious popular dish- Ful (Beans) and Egyptian local bread. People from all classes and backgrounds will stop at these food carts before work for breakfast. It is one of my favorite Egyptian meals.

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Drawing of a Ful Truck

For those who have tried falafel, Egypt is home to that delicious snack. This is my favorite local restaurant: I guarantee you will find the best falafel and Egyptian Dolma there.

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Felfela can be found on Hoda Shaarawy Street, Bab Al Louq, Abdin, Cairo

The markets of Cairo are rowdy and colorful- one of the most well-known market is khan el khaleeli, which is in Islamic Cairo in the heart of the city. There you can find shops of souvenirs, antiques and jewelry, as well as small traditional coffee shops that serve Arabic coffee and Shisha (hookah). In addition to being a major bazaar, its history runs deep with several empires influencing it’s structure, parts of which are still visible today such as the Ottoman’s empire Bab al-Badistan and Bab al-Ghuri gates

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Cairo has taught me to appreciate street-art as a form of expression. Graffiti can be found throughout the streets of Cairo, especially downtown near Tahrir square, where the Egyptian Revolution occurred. I often stumble across beautiful Murals and deep political graffiti-

 

Even though I grew up here, I am always finding new treasures and hidden gems, Cairo is a place I am proud to call home.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I’ll also be writing next week’s post, I’ll take you to the New York of the Middle East: Dubai. Stay healthy!

Brooklyn’s art center

The neighborhood of Bushwick, known for it’s artistic views of life and hipsters. Bushwick has changed a lot over the years. This area has become “the Mecca” of graffiti.

Walking down Bushwick’s street, it is easy to get lost in the colorful atmosphere. The detail in the street art is mind-blowing. The biggest mystery of them all: the artist’s climbing skills. The skills needed to be able to reach that high on buildings, is out of this world.

Bushwick has changed so much over the years. Once crime infested, the area has become more calm. The area was very Latino at one point. Puerto Ricans and Dominicans would be seen in almost every block. Now, the area has welcomed hipsters and hipsterish people.

Hipsters are some interesting people. They look homeless but they are not. With hipsters comes vegan restaurants. The one cuisine that keeps showing on this blog is Ethiopian. My friend and I went to an Ethiopian restaurant not knowing they were going to tender the vegan side to the cuisine. We should had known better, since it is a hipster’s Bushwick now.

Needless to say, the food was still amazing. I love food!! (expect seafood, it’s a hard knock life)

Thank you for taking your time to read this post! Next week, I will answer a question one of my readers asked. Have a safe week and stay healthy.