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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 25Th

Awakening at the Red Sea isn’t shabby at all, the sound of the ocean in the distance and the sun shining through the blinds.

A well-rested bunch were ready for breakfast and today we had some rice porridge with a cinnamon and sugar sprinkle and milk for those who wanted. I’m not to fond of porridge but my family is and also the tradition of the Almond in the porridge is a must at Our house. The tradition actually began with the one that got the almond in their bowl was to get married in the next year, but our tradition is that the person will be lucky in the upcoming year. A nice tradition to uphold I think.

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After a hearty breakfast we played some more games and then Dad, Andy and I went to a small store in the area to check if there were something fun to buy.

The small shop had lots of snacks, candy and the basic necessities that one could need bread, cheese, milk, eggs and so on. Good if one has forgotten something or just want some thing to nibble on.

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Back home again we played some more games and had some fun and laughs.

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Then we took another trip to a fish restaurant close by to buy some grilled fish that was fished nearby. The restaurant had fresh Boori or Nile mullet. So we ordered and went home with some great smelling fish for dinner. Mom served it with rice, salad, torshi (pickled vegetables) and Tahina (sesame seed pasta). So easy and so amazing!

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After lunch Andy and I took a walk on the beach and in the area. We walked along the beach and picked beautiful shells and rocks.

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On the way back we checked out the other buildings and went on the roof of our apartment. Such a great view.

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Unfortunately it was quite windy today and there were quite a bit if waves that we didn’t really feel like swimming. The suns rays didn’t warm to much either so no sunbathing or swimming today.

Some reading and resting in the afternoon mixed in with the playing of games both board games and those on our phones such as WordOn, Ruzzle and WordFeud and hanging out made a few hours leap by.

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We decided to watch a movie, Alex Cross and just cozied together.

After the movie we had some leftovers from the Christmas luncheon for dinner and started a second movie, Johnny English: Reborn.

A quiet and relaxing day with the family, with no musts and just doing what falls into place. A really nice day!

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Tomorrow we’ll be going back to Cairo and leaving the incredible Red Sea behind us for this time. I hope we’ll be back soon and then for a longer time, so that we can just relax and have a great time.

Egypt 2012 day 4

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 24Th, 2012

Merry Christmas to you all!

In Sweden we celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December, so today is our first day of Christmas.

Our alarm clock rang at 6 a.m. And we just pilled from bed, to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the elevator our arms filled with stuff and then into the cars.

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We started our 170 km trip towards Ain Soukhna and our summer apartment. The sun was rising and a beautiful morning welcomed us.

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The landscape in Egypt is pretty brilliant. The desert isn’t just sand but also mountains, large mountains. They are such a beautiful sight.

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After about a two hour trip we had finally arrived. Our apartment is a part of a larger complex but it still isn’t really finished. The grounds around the apartment are still sand and rubble, and the adjoining houses aren’t livable either cause most of them don’t even have walls. But our apartment is ready and waiting for us.

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Mom has spent lots of time making our apartment fully stocked and a great place to vacation. We have every one could ever need and more.

We unpacked the cars and made our way inside. A place that Andy and I still haven’t been. Mom and Dad bought the apartment about two years ago but we still hadn’t had the opportunity to visit. But now finally we have the time.

The apartment is on the second flour and is a three bedroom and two bathroom apartment. So we each have our own room. Mom has had them prepared to the teeth with everything we need.

Breakfast was on the schedule and we ate it on the balcony overlooking the Red Sea with the sun shining and the warmth in our faces.

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After breakfast we played some Perudo, a games of dice and then some MIG whilst we let the weather to heat up.

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The blue of the sea glistened and sang out to us to come for a swim, and we listened. The water wasn’t to cold but still not as warm as we would have liked it to be. But it was pretty much Swedish summer temperature so we don’t really have anything to be complain about.

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It was Andy’s first time swimming in the Red Sea and also the first time along the western coast. Last time we were in Egypt we visited Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as well as the White Desert so now we are trying to make sure we experience and visit new things and places.

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The water was really clean and clear with lots of beautiful corals and we spent quite a while in the water and then some time on the beach in the sun. Until we felt all filled up with sun and surf.

A warm and beachy Christmas is quite different from a snowy white Christmas but at the same time very similar to our Christmases growing up in Malaysia and Egypt. So it brought me back to my childhood.

After the swim we showered and got ready for fika with coffee and Andy’s Saffron Buns. Also glögg and gingerbread. Cozy Christmas celebration.

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Then it was time to start to make dinner. Even though we weren’t at home we were going to make our favorites for Christmas. A Swedish smorgasbord of deliciousness.

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Moms homemade meatballs, sausages, turkey ham, egg halves  Janssons temptation, boiled eggs, brown beans, omelet  herring and so much more yummy stuff. Also some Aquavit to top it off. A lovely dinner with my family, so nice!

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After dinner we had some more glögg, ginger bread, and saffron buns. And then it was time to start opening our Christmas presents. Lots of fun and lots of great stuff! Thanks everyone!

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After dinner we just lit some candles, played games, watching movies and hung out. Just like Christmas is supposed to be. A great Christmas at the Red Sea.

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Egypt 2012 day 3

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 23Th, 2012

The migraine was gone and on the schedule today was breakfast with my Grandmother and Uncles. So after getting ready in the morning we pilled in the car and drove to my Grandmothers house.

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We brought with us Foul and Ta’ameya sandwiches and once there we found my third uncle there also. Two of my uncles live in Cairo and the third lives in Paris. So it was a nice coincidence to met him there.

It was a nice reunion with lots of hugs and kisses, after all it had been four and some years.

We ate breakfast and visited with them for a couple of hours, and also my Aunt who came by when she heard that we had come. It was lively seeing them all.

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A couple hours later we started our way back home, we did have some packing to do for our trip as well as some shopping.

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Returning home we had a rest but then Andy and I took a walk over to Road 9 and bought postcards and some other good to have things. We made sure to visit all of my favorite spots but also have a small bite at our favorite cafe on Road 9, Costa.

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Unfortunately Costa no longer had the service or the feel of before and it just felt like another chain coffee shop which was really sad.

We ordered a Raspberry Ice Tea, coffee and a chicken wrap to share. The best thing was the raspberry ice tea. To bad our great place no longer delivers.

We decided to try our luck at a cache in the area. Unfortunately luck wasn’t on our side today and we had to go home without the cache.

At home we made sure to pack our clothes and such as well as food, drinks for Christmas and as well as the Christmas presents. Packing took longer than expected so after we were done it was pretty much time for dinner.

My parents had been talking about a Thai-place in their building that had great food so we tried them for dinner. It’s a small place with pretty much 6 seats, so we filled up the joint. The food was wonderful, we ate and laughed for quite a while. Really a great place! Lots of yummy foods and it was nice to have some quality time with my Parents and Wilderbeast.

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We walked back to our apartment  or maybe I should say rolled… And then some last minute packing and then it was time for bed. An early morning awaited us…

Egypt 2012 day 2

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are ”slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 22Th, 2012

Yesterdays adventure in Istanbul was just too good to be true, and a great way of starting our vacation, but it did make us late to Egypt and missing a day of vacation…

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A two hour trip with food and some sleep felt quick and before we knew it we landed in Cairo around 2 a.m. A quick and easy (knock on wood) pass through Immigration and Customs and we met my parents outside the airport. Finally, it had been a long trip…

We said Goodbye to our new friend Fazee and pilled into the car and drove home. At home we unpacked our luggage from all the Christmas food we had brought and had a chat with my parents before going to bed at around five a.m.

At ten we woke up and started our day of with our favorite Egyptian breakfast, Foul- (boiled broad beans) and Ta’ameya (fried vegetarian patties) sandwiches. Oh, how we had missed them!

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We spent the rest of the day at home, I had a migraine that was impossible to shake and we were just to tired to do anything at all.

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For dinner my Mom ordered Egyptian grilled fish, which is so yummy. The fish is charred and blackened but so moist and flavorful. Eaten with rice, red onions in vinegar and salad. Yum!

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After dinner Andy and I took a walk through our neighborhood, also my old neighborhood were I lived 1999-2001. We walked down Road 9 and made some stops before turning back home to start with some Saffron buns baking.

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Andy baked and I tried to write lists to remind us of what to bring when going to our summer apartment by the Red Sea to spend Christmas.

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When the buns were ready, we had some coffee and buns and decided that we’d be going to Ain Soukhna (Red Sea) on the morning of Christmas Eve.

Then we took an early night and tried to catch up on some sleep. Migraine be damned I was going to get better by morning!

Egypt trip 2012: Dec 20, Dec 21, Dec 22, Dec 23, Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 26, Dec 27, Dec 28, Dec 29, Dec 30, Dec 31, Jan 1, Jan 2 and Dan 3.

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enoy the post even thoug they are ”slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 20th, 2012

It started out as any other day, Adde off to work and me trying to get the last minut tasks done before Christmas. But today wasn’t really like any other day since it was also the day that we were starting our Christmas trip to Egypt to spend time with my parents as well as celebrate Christmas.

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The last minute tasks as well as the last minute packing seemed to just sort itself out and I just hoped that everything would work itself out. Cause it really haden’t started out in the best of ways.

Yesterday Adde was in Östersund and was to fly back home when the power went out at the airport. Naturally I got somewhat worried if we’d actually make it on our vacation. But he did get home and we did finnish packing and all was well with the world.

The problems they came later…

We picked up Wilderbeast on the way to the airport and all was well. But at check-in we were informed that our flightvwas delayed about an hour. Fine, we couldn’t do much about that but we did realize that it might cause a problem in Istanbul since our layover was just an hour and fourty five minutes…

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By chance Adde’d Dad returned to the airport at that time and we met up for a quick chat and some catching up before he made his way to his hotel and we continued chilling in the soft chairs, not!

We made our way to some comfy chairs and took it all in stride. Just to wait for take off and that’s when we should have realized that it was going to be a very long trip…

Egypt 2012

Egypten, Egypt

Innan jul så packade vi väskorna och tog flyget till Egypten för att fira jul!

Äntligen! Det var fyra år sen sist och både Adde och jag längtade tillbaka.

Det var ”min” jul i år och därmed firade Adde och jag med mina föräldrar, och istället för att åka ner till Dubai så bestämde vi oss för att träffas i Egypten istället. Därför åkte Adde, Lillebror och jag till Egypten den 21:a december och träffade mamma och pappa där. Tiden spenderas både i Kairo men också vid Ain Soukhna vid Röda Havet. Och bilder och reserapporter kommer.

Det har varit lite tyst här och det är just för att vi har varit iväg på en välbehövlig semester.