Five+ Months of Fantastic Food Highlights

The idea of chronicling my favorite foods on the road has been germinating for awhile. I have referenced food at various points in the blog but I figured why not dedicate an entire post to it?

So here goes. My five favorites so far (listed chronologically, not in order of my favorite, which is too tough to decide) plus some highlights from all the countries I have visited in the trip.

1. Busiata with seafood and tomatoes capped off with espresso and gelato in San Vito Lo Capo, Italy – what’s not to like about local Sicilian pasta cooked al dente with fresh tomatoes and tasty seafood? My first meal in Sicily, courtesy of my Couchsurfing host Peppe, was also my best. It was simple yet delicious and cooked to perfection. Followed by a strong cup of espresso and a gigantic gelato cone in the beach town of San Vito Lo Capo, this meal was an excellent introduction to Sicilian cuisine. Deliciousness in moderation.

who can argue with fresh pasta in Italy?


Week 6 Workouts

Saturday, August 18, 2012

  1. Hiked up and down Mt. Sinai
  2. Visited Planet Gym in Dahab through a free voucher from my hotel. Did abs then three exercises each of chest, triceps and back. Read more of this post

Crossing Jordan

I couldn’t leave Egypt without one last figurative punch to the face. My trip from Egypt to Jordan ended up being more tumultuous than I had bargained for and I’d like to recount it briefly here.

Not wanting to wake up super early to catch the 6 am ferry to Jordan, I opted instead to try for a noon ferry. The boat was sxheduled to leave from Nuweiba, a town an hour north of Dahab where I spent my last three days in Egypt. The bus from Dahab to Nuweiba dropped me at the port at 11:45 am so I was scrambling to try to get on the noon ferry. Read more of this post

Red Sea Relaxing and Adventure

After a hectic whirlwind of visiting temples in Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor, I decided to head to Dahab for a change of pace before ferrying over to Jordan. While I had never heard of it before coming to Egypt, all the travelers that I met either raved about it or were heading there themselves.

Philae Temple, near Aswan

Abu Simbel

Karnak Temple in Luxor

While I expected Dahab, a low key diving town on the Red Sea, to be more relaxing based on what I had heard from fellow travelers, what I have experienced is a difference of night and day compared with everywhere else I have visited in Egypt. You get hassled much less frequently, its much more socially liberal (for instance, alcohol is easy to find) and the sea beckons at every turn.


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It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times

My trip was jolted in a different direction from the moment I arrived in Cairo. This megalopolis is chaos, history, excitement and craziness all rolled into one. Everywhere before on this trip was sleepy compared to Cairo.

scene outside my hotel in Cairo

The Bad
At night during Ramadan, the city literally roars to life with mobs of people gathering in the streets to eat, shop and socialize. Walking through the streets is a combat sport as you duck and dart through throngs of pedestrians and traffic snarled streets. The horns of the scooters racing through the streets are particularly abrasive. Read more of this post

Week 4 Workouts

Things have gotten really challenging being in the Islamic world during Ramadan. In addition to the heat here, no gyms are open during the day while people fast and finding food during the day isn’t easy. Most places aren’t open and then everyone feasts at night. Being a guest at dinner most nights I have tried to be polite and have ended up gorging on starchy foods. But at least I’m getting an authentic experience.

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