Monthly Archives: September 2010

Fish

Some of my favorite memories are of food, and some of my favorite food-memories are of fish. My favorite fish memory is this: One day in Puerto Rico my father and I followed our tingling taste buds towards a restaurant … Continue reading

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Kol Nidrei Est Le Plus Important— B’gad!

Alexandria lives in a cloud of Islam. (As does most of the Middle East and North Africa, for that matter.) Five times a day the air ignites with the call to prayer that booms through every street like thunder. Moisture … Continue reading

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Walk (and try to talk) Like an Egyptian

To walk like an Egyptian is to walk with dirty feet and a swiveling head. In the first few days of my Alexandrian existence, I noticed that my feet acquired an amount of dirt consistent with the distance I had … Continue reading

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Home Away From Castle

    The house was tall and crème colored, with narrow stained glass windows. I’d imagined it differently but it charmed me all the more for the surprise. Standing on the doorstep like an abandoned child with four overstuffed bags, I … Continue reading

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