Author Archives: Seth

A 6th Grader in Giza

Hello class!

I hope the end of the year is going well for you. The temperature is dropping here considerably and today I even had to go to an outdoor clothing market underneath a bridge to buy a jacket so I can stay warm.

A while ago you put together questions you had for 6th graders in Cairo. Thank you very much fo the questions, they are great. I would have liked to ask them all, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough time in the interview. After school on Thursday I took the bus out to Haram, the neighborhood by the pyramids where I used to live. There I met my former landlord, Ahmed (or ‘Thomas’, his nickname), and he took me to the apartment of his cousin where I met Nasr Sherif. Nasr is a 12 year old who goes to a public school in Giza. I’ll let him do the rest of the talking, and don’t miss his message to the class at the end of the video!

Click through for the transcript of the full interview!

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Photo of the Week

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Photo of a protestor climbing a light pole at famous Tahrir Square. Tens of thousands of protestors have returned to this spot after the current president, Mohamed Morsi, granted himself unprecedented powers in the government. These were anti-Morsi protests by people who think he is one step away from becoming another dictator, but today there were huge pro-Morsi protests organized by the Muslim Brotherhood, currently the dominant political party in Egypt.

Food in Cairo

Hello again class! Only a couple more weeks of blogging left. I’ve very much enjoyed reading your questions and seeing your thoughts (and drawings). Thank you for so diligently reading my posts and watching the videos, I really appreciate it.

BUT there are still two blogs left as well as our end of year party when I will visit your classroom in January! Do you have any ideas for what we should do on that day? Are there foods you would like to try (maybe this post will give you some ideas)? What would you like to see from me? Think about it and let me know. You’ve given me great questions for my interview with 6th graders in Cairo, so I’m confident you’ll have great ideas again.

Now without further ado, here is a video of the pretty, coastal city of Alexandria to help warm your day as winter settles over Portland.

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The Giza Necropolis and Ancient Egypt

Hello class! It’s been really great to look at your Egyptian hieroglyphs and graffiti and to hear your thoughts on using art as protest. The drawings look really fantastic, well done! It sounds like you guys have been doing some work on the ancient Egyptian civilization, so hopefully this blog post will be useful. Please let me know if I’ve made any mistakes!

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Photo(s) of the Week

Found and incredible collection online of color photos of Egypt from the 1920s. You can look at the rest here

Here is a photo of Tucker (my roommate), me and our landlord Wagim. Wagim is a Coptic Christian and you can just barely make out the small tattoo of a Coptic cross on his wrist. The tattoo on their right wrist is a common tradition among Copts. Here is a close-up of the tattoo. We were discussing the picking of a new Coptic pope which took place on Sunday. The highlight of the event is when a young boy is picked and brought to the front of the cathedral, blind-folded, and then chooses the name of the new pope out of a glass egg.

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Alright, off to the pyramids to make next week’s video! Have a good weekend!