I am planning on going to Turkey at the end of November for just shy of two weeks and am looking for a couple of pieces of advice: Is a side trip to Cairo alone for two days a terrible decision? And are there lodgings in Istanbul where it is easy to meet other travelers that don't involve giant dorms and drunken twenty somethings? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop
on Apr 22, 2014 -
Recently I watched the comedy "Terrorism and Kebab" (Al-irhab wal kabab) on YouTube and fell in love with Adel Imam's acting.
I desperately want to watch "The Terrorist" (El Irhabi) but I can't find it with English subtitles. Where can I find it? (I'd be happy to buy it).
Also, I'd love to hear recommendations on other Adel Imam movies (or similar comedy films) that are readily available with subtitles.
posted by koakuma
on Mar 28, 2014 -
I need advice on how to best plan my international vacation. Package deal or self made? Eastern Europe, Africa or Middle East? Someplace safe and easy to find my way around. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger
on Jan 14, 2014 -
Where can I find good, solid articles on this year's revolution in Egypt, and the war in Syria, and their respective effect on international relations? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna
on Nov 27, 2013 -
Help! I need to know what high society Cairo looks like in the 1920s - the sophisticated, opulent, and fashionable - people and settings. More parties and interiors than architecture. It's really important that the references be of Egyptian people, not travelers visiting from abroad bringing their own style with them. But, if it was fashionable for the well-heeled to import furniture and clothing styles from Europe, that's important too. What does a party look like, and how would it differ from a party set in Paris or London? The things that are different are the things that are important. My best resource so far is the Egyptian Royalty
pool on Flickr. That and Indiana Jones is all I've got. It's for a painting. Thanks!
posted by Lou Stuells
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I saw a poster showing a photo of a protest in Egypt. This image of an Egyptian flag
was featured prominently. Why does it have numbers (0128648788) under the central bird motif? Is it a date? A phone number? The image is probably from an Al Jazeera website.
The bird doesn't look quite like the official one
, either. Is this the flag of some group other than the Egyptian state/
posted by Jasper Fnorde
on Sep 16, 2013 -
I'm looking for solid histories of Alexandria (Egypt, not Virginia). Overviews are good, as are works more specifically social, intellectual, military, or economic. I'm particularly interested in ancient and Napoleonic information, but all suggestions are welcome! Web resources are welcome as well as print works; I have access to ILL and an academic library.
posted by catlet
on Apr 26, 2013 -
I am currently in my third year of university and am majoring in both Arabic and the International Studies: Middle East. I'm coming to the end of a year language immersion studying abroad and I am becoming worried because I don't have very specific goals for the future of my Arabic studies. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy
on Apr 8, 2013 -
Help-me-remember-this-important-book-from-my-childhood-filter: Egypt, time travel, cats, and family dysfunction version. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna
on Jan 4, 2013 -
What does this Egyptian Arabic song mean in English?
Listen to the song here
Thanks! : )
posted by thatgirl1985
on Nov 2, 2012 -
Did Mohamed Morsi really say "The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal"? [more inside]
posted by richb
on Jun 26, 2012 -
I'm researching ancient Egypt for a Middle Grade book, and I'd love to find an expert or two whose brains I can pick. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit
on May 10, 2012 -
My dear Egyptian friend calls me "Yah Soosah" and "Yah Habibti." What does this mean? I'm pretty sure these are terms of endearment, but what do they mean? She said "yah soosah" is an old Egyptian word. Help me figure out the meaning of my new pet names. Thank you!!! : )
posted by thatgirl1985
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Where is the best place in Cairo to purchase spices in bulk, assuming I can't speak Arabic and want a few hundred grams of, say, dukkah, saffron, sumac, anise, za'atar, or ras el hanout? Happy to go to a supermarket or something, but I'm also happy to attempt to bargain! [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Dec 23, 2011 -
What's the easiest way for an American to find a cheap apartment in Cairo for the summer? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman
on Jun 13, 2011 -
All this revolution stuff is making me curious about this whole middle east and north africa place I hear so much about. So much so I'm half thinking of learning Arabic, or at least trying and failing. Oh God's of Mefi which dialect should I go for? Whats easiest to learn or most understood by most people: Egyptian, Classical,Standard, Gulf, Syrian, Maghreb or waa?
posted by Damienmce
on Feb 16, 2011 -
Now that Mubarak has stepped down after weeks of protests, is any other authoritarian governments in the region on the brink of similar civic uprising? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon
on Feb 11, 2011 -
Co-worker from Cairo is stuck here with an Egyptian Blackberry that has no service due to the government shutdown of cellular providers; what's the best way to get him un-incommunicado while here in DC? [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix
on Jan 30, 2011 -
Egypt has apparently "shut down" their Internet. This
says that they shut down DNS, which suggests that "shut down the Internet" is a bit of an overstatement and that such a thing might not be possible.
Who knows more about how this "shutdown" is working and, more importantly, how can we help these people communicate?
posted by massysett
on Jan 28, 2011 -
I had been planning a vacation to Egypt this year. The news of protests has me a bit spooked; is it unwise to travel to Egypt this April/May? If so, any suggestions for other international destinations as a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by lychee
on Jan 27, 2011 -
Where is the best streaming coverage of the Middle East? I've been following #JAN25 on Twitter, but I'd like a nice audio stream so I can actually get some work done.
posted by notion
on Jan 26, 2011 -
Looking for a news article I read about Isreal and Egypt meeting at the State Department, and not saying anything until they agreed on how bad American coffee is. But now I can't find it! [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy
on Oct 31, 2010 -
My girlfriend and I are considering a trip to Egypt this November. The conventional wisdom seems to be that a visitor to Egypt is more likely to be bitten by a camel than be the victim of any violence. Is there any reason for special concern in light of the threatened boycotts of an election for Mubarak's successor or the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, etc.? We're a white unmarried couple traveling on U.S. passports. [more inside]
posted by dam1975
on Sep 10, 2010 -
Moviefilter: My wife is trying to identify a movie she watched years ago about ancient Egypt where slaves try to escape from being buried alive with the pharaoh (or other persons of great stature). [more inside]
posted by tuxster
on Aug 31, 2010 -
TravelFilter: A week in Egypt in November with the folks; organised tour or solo? Cairo + Cruise? Luxor? Any tips or recommendations appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Egypt, Turkey, Greece itinerary help. I have seen the other related topics here but I'd like advice for a longer trip than has been mentioned before. [more inside]
posted by pbeans
on Jun 1, 2010 -
I'm building a basic phrase list that I will learn for countries that I visit. What are your most useful travel phrases?
I'm also looking for anything that would be useful specifically for Egyptian Arabic. [more inside]
posted by Alison
on Nov 30, 2009 -
I just received a job offer, for a senior architect position in a very known contracting firm in Cairo. FYI, I have 8 years of experience as an architect and an M.Arch degree.
However, I was shocked to see the figures associated, they are so low, and there are a lot of other concerns about rent fees and work hours, etc.. I will list some of the things below, please advise, if you have worked in Egypt, or familiar with the work law there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 25, 2009 -
MovingFarAwayFilter: GF is dead-set on moving from Brooklyn to Cairo, Egypt, for at least a year. I'm pretty resistant to the idea since I love NYC and, if forced to move outside the US, there are hundreds of cities I'd rather move to. I desperately need some 1st/2nd person accounts of living in Cairo / Egypt to help make this decision. [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches
on Aug 23, 2009 -
Travelling to Egypt from the UK next week; any advice for someone who's never been before? Specifically; "gifts" for the kids rather than "tips", and hiring a guide for a day. [more inside]
posted by refactored
on Jul 4, 2009 -
Middle East Travel Advice: I'm flying to Istanbul next Sunday, and then have about 3 weeks to travel overland between Istanbul and Cairo. Where should I go? What should I see? I need some advice, and first-person experience and anecdotes are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by foodmapper
on Jun 8, 2009 -
"Obama - The New Tutankahamen of the World" shirts in Egypt? What's the story here
? I saw lots of pictures of shirts, etc, with that on it. I'm kind of curious who would buy a shirt like that? Was it meant for American tourists? What does King Tut mean to the average egyptian (who I'd assume would be Muslim?) I'm interested especially in hearing what native Egyptians or people who spent some time living there think about it. Is "The New Tutenkhaman" a common idiom there like "A new caesar"?
posted by empath
on Jun 5, 2009 -
Arabic, but not MSA: Do you know of a decent one-week crash course in Egyptian colloquial in Cairo or Alexandria? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 2, 2009 -
Suggestions for a special or unusual gift from Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Jordan (for an American)? [more inside]
posted by Auden
on Dec 26, 2008 -
I am looking for a good tattoo artist/shop in the Denver area. Specifically one that has experience or interest in egyptian art and tattoos. I am looking to have some tomb art done, and want it done in a realistic manner. Any help from the hive mind would be greatly appreciated.
posted by corwalch
on Aug 6, 2008 -
Cairo Filter: I'm working in Egypt this summer for three months and have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by ecab
on Apr 28, 2008 -