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I’m a journalist and author working on a book about Egypt. In the summer of 2013 I moved to Cairo with my two sons, then 8 and 12. To learn more about my professional life, go to

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  1. What an adventure. I am thrilled you should follow my little blog. I can’t wait to hear your tales, and hope you visit me again soon and often. Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2013
  2. Paula #

    Love your blog! Paula from Texas

    January 20, 2014
  3. Sarah #


    Husband and I are relocating to Cairo in a couple of weeks and found this site helpful! Had a quick question. Most of our electronics are made for American outlets, any suggestions on which adapters work best for egypt (I’ll probably have to have an adapter for every outlet there)? We’ve got things for the kitchen (coffee maker), the bath (blow dryer), etc.There are so many on Amazon, I’m not sure which to choose. Also, I would just buy things there, but we’re recently married and have lots of new things from our registry, I’d like to be able to use some of it rather than return it all.

    Please let me know!

    Thanks! 🙂

    April 1, 2014
    • Hi Sarah,

      I hope it isn’t too late for this. There are two issues, the voltage of your electronics and the plug that goes into the wall. You’ll need to make sure your devices/appliances can handle 240V. If not, you’ll need a voltage converter. If that’s not an issue, you’ll just need a plug adapter for the outlets. That’s easy and you’ll be able to find those on Amazon or here. They’re inexpensive. I’ve found that printers and computers and things like that convert themselves. Blow dryers tend not to.

      Hope that helps. Message if you have any more questions. I’ll be quicker to respond!

      April 22, 2014
  4. Sarah #

    Thanks! We’re here now and as we adjust, I have two questions. Can you purchase an Epipen from any of the local pharmacies here? I would like to have one on hand just in case. Also, which hospital would you recommend here? I’ve heard the medical care is awful and I’m quite frightened what might happen if God-forbid there was some sort of emergency.

    Thanks so much for the help!


    May 14, 2014
    • I have a kid with a nut allergy, so spend a lot of time worrying about Epipens. I’ve never found a pharmacist here who’s even heard of one, so your best bet is to bring them in from the U.S. or Europe.

      I’ve never had to use a hospital here, but there are several that I hear are pretty good, depending on where you are living. If you’re in Maadi, I think As Salam is supposed to be fairly good, though I can’t speak from experience. There are plenty of good doctors in Egypt, though you have to look a little to find them. I hear nursing care is not great and as with anything here you have to do your research and advocate for yourself. When you talk to people you’ll find that many have had decent experiences with medical care. And I purchased medivac insurance so that if there were ever anything I didn’t want to have treated here, we could get out. It wasn’t terribly expensive.

      Hope you’re settling in well!

      May 25, 2014
  5. Cindy #

    I really enjoy reading your blog & admire your strength & courage for taking on this adventure with your young children.

    November 12, 2014
  6. I just discovered your blog and look forward to following you on your adventure. I will be moving with my teen daughter in Aug. to Cairo to teach. So off I go to read your blog and research! Thanks, Cheryl

    April 18, 2015

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