(Kwais is the Arabic word for fine/great/good/we-love-it-here!)
This blog was first and foremost the result of a promise to keep family and close friends frequently updated about our lives while we lived an ocean away from them. But our secondary intention was to increase awareness of life outside the United States. We were asked a myriad of strange questions about our future lives in Egypt before our move, and discovered very quickly that the most common perceptions of Africa were of desert nomads and sand dunes. We invite you to discover with us the diverse cultural treasures of North Africa.
We met in college and got married in 2010. We moved to Cairo, Egypt in July, 2011 and enrolled in the American University in Cairo to pursue our Master’s degrees. He wrote his thesis in Anthropology on subjectivities in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, while she wrote her thesis in Egyptology on foreigners and perceptions of ethnicity in ancient Egypt. We tutored several munchkins in English on the side.
He likes paperclips, trees, found art, anything by J. R. R. Tolkien, and video games.
She likes kittens, Disney movies, languages, tribal art, and exotic teas.
Update: We left Egypt in 2016 so that she could pursue a doctoral degree in Canada. We’ve left our blog available even while we no longer live in Egypt because we hope that it is useful for people planning a trip to Egypt, and because we someday hope to return someday!