wmtc: should we give up our voip phone and only have cell phones? help me decide.

The ancient technology I grew up with,including the colour. We still have a bit of antiquated technology called a home phone. We use a VoIP phone — have done so since 2002 — which is why I say “home phone” rather than “landline”. Our home phone is not a landline. I’ve blogged about VoIP in ...

wmtc: should we give up our voip phone and only have cell phones? help me decide.

The ancient technology I grew up with,including the colour. We still have a bit of antiquated technology called a home phone. We use a VoIP phone — have done so since 2002 — which is why I say “home phone” rather than “landline”. Our home phone is not a landline. I’ve blogged about VoIP in ...

wmtc: in which i come home and get caught up without anxiety (hooray for medication)

I recently had a very positive experience with anti-anxiety medication, and realized I should share it here. I’ve written many times about the wonders of modern medicine for treating depression and anxiety, and the life-changing, relationship-saving, and quite possibly life-saving effects of using the right medication. While these drugs may be sometimes prescribed unnecessarily, I ...

wmtc: in which i come home and get caught up without anxiety (hooray for medication)

I recently had a very positive experience with anti-anxiety medication, and realized I should share it here. I’ve written many times about the wonders of modern medicine for treating depression and anxiety, and the life-changing, relationship-saving, and quite possibly life-saving effects of using the right medication. While these drugs may be sometimes prescribed unnecessarily, I ...

wmtc: amman to cairo to home: in which things out work very nicely

EgyptAir, we love you! I’m writing this from an airport hotel, where I did not expect to be. After Ridiculous Breakfast #3, we did a little negotiating (see below), then packed up for the airport. On a tip from the concierge, we stopped at the beautiful Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets on the way. I was ...

wmtc: amman to cairo to home: in which things out work very nicely

EgyptAir, we love you! I’m writing this from an airport hotel, where I did not expect to be. After Ridiculous Breakfast #3, we did a little negotiating (see below), then packed up for the airport. On a tip from the concierge, we stopped at the beautiful Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets on the way. I was ...

wmtc: unesco world heritage sites i have visited

The United Nations Educational, Scientic, and Cultural Organization — better known as UNESCO — has created a list of natural and human-made sites that “are of outstanding universal value” and meet a selection criteria. UNESCO: Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. ...

wmtc: unesco world heritage sites i have visited

The United Nations Educational, Scientic, and Cultural Organization — better known as UNESCO — has created a list of natural and human-made sites that “are of outstanding universal value” and meet a selection criteria. UNESCO: Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. ...

wmtc: amman

I’m writing this from the beautiful lounge of the Amman Marriott Hotel while drinking a Bailey’s hot chocolate. Allan is drinking a Bailey’s martini and working with the guidebook for tomorrow’s adventure, the final day of the trip except for flying. We decided not to do any sightseeing today, but rather to explore the city ...

wmtc: amman

I’m writing this from the beautiful lounge of the Amman Marriott Hotel while drinking a Bailey’s hot chocolate. Allan is drinking a Bailey’s martini and working with the guidebook for tomorrow’s adventure, the final day of the trip except for flying. We decided not to do any sightseeing today, but rather to explore the city ...

wmtc: jordan is the anti-egypt and petra is the anti-giza

From what little we’ve seen of Jordan so far, it is the opposite of Egypt in many respects. I admit we have a small sample size, but in both countries, we have seen the capital city and visited the country’s top tourist attraction. Petra vs the Pyramids at Giza is a stark contrast. Working animalsPetra: ...

wmtc: jordan is the anti-egypt and petra is the anti-giza

From what little we’ve seen of Jordan so far, it is the opposite of Egypt in many respects. I admit we have a small sample size, but in both countries, we have seen the capital city and visited the country’s top tourist attraction. Petra vs the Pyramids at Giza is a stark contrast. Working animalsPetra: ...

wmtc: petra, day two

Staying overnight in Petra was a great idea and worked out beautifully. After an elaborate but nondescript (and overpriced) breakfast buffet at the Petra Moon, we left our luggage at the hotel, and took a taxi to the little-used “rear entrance” to the site. On a tip from Lonely Planet, we would start the trail ...

wmtc: petra, day two

Staying overnight in Petra was a great idea and worked out beautifully. After an elaborate but nondescript (and overpriced) breakfast buffet at the Petra Moon, we left our luggage at the hotel, and took a taxi to the little-used “rear entrance” to the site. On a tip from Lonely Planet, we would start the trail ...

wmtc: petra

Petra is breathtaking. It is unique, certainly in my experience, but likely in all the world. Imagine an extremely unusual and beautiful natural site, with unique rock formations, colours, and features, combined with a unique archaeological site, a place where ancient people honoured and buried their dead. It is wondrous. More on this later. First, ...

wmtc: petra

Petra is breathtaking. It is unique, certainly in my experience, but likely in all the world. Imagine an extremely unusual and beautiful natural site, with unique rock formations, colours, and features, combined with a unique archaeological site, a place where ancient people honoured and buried their dead. It is wondrous. More on this later. First, ...

wmtc: aswan to amman

I’m writing this in a run-down hotel room in downtown Amman, the capital of Jordan. It’s been a long day, but we are finally showered, fed, and in bed, and looking forward to going to Petra tomorrow — the reason we are in Jordan. * * * * Something I forgot to mention about Abu ...

wmtc: aswan to amman

I’m writing this in a run-down hotel room in downtown Amman, the capital of Jordan. It’s been a long day, but we are finally showered, fed, and in bed, and looking forward to going to Petra tomorrow — the reason we are in Jordan. * * * * Something I forgot to mention about Abu ...

wmtc: aswan: abu simbel

Our last full day in Egypt was a study in extremes, both good and bad. Abu Simbel has been on my wish-list to see since learning about it in university art history class. It did not disappoint. I loved it. We also had a heaping dose of everything we don’t like about the culture here. ...

wmtc: aswan: abu simbel

Our last full day in Egypt was a study in extremes, both good and bad. Abu Simbel has been on my wish-list to see since learning about it in university art history class. It did not disappoint. I loved it. We also had a heaping dose of everything we don’t like about the culture here. ...

wmtc: aswan sights

We were very tentative about breakfast this morning, in a kind of truce with our stomachs. Breakfast here is an elaborate buffet — the usual yogurt, honey, and bread, several kinds of cheese, and a few hot dishes. The lovely Shyela and her assistant make a tomato-and-egg dish, fresh falafel, and a bean dish. We ...

wmtc: aswan sights

We were very tentative about breakfast this morning, in a kind of truce with our stomachs. Breakfast here is an elaborate buffet — the usual yogurt, honey, and bread, several kinds of cheese, and a few hot dishes. The lovely Shyela and her assistant make a tomato-and-egg dish, fresh falafel, and a bean dish. We ...

wmtc: aswan

Last night our car to Abu Simbel fell through, and we weren’t sure what to do. There are dozens of tour companies that will arrange transport, and our hotel does that for most guests, but the prices are wildly inflated, and the driver sees very little of it. What to do? Call Abdul! At first ...

wmtc: aswan

Last night our car to Abu Simbel fell through, and we weren’t sure what to do. There are dozens of tour companies that will arrange transport, and our hotel does that for most guests, but the prices are wildly inflated, and the driver sees very little of it. What to do? Call Abdul! At first ...

wmtc: aswan: welcome home

Right now I am on the glorious roof patio of Bet El-Kerem, a Nubian guesthouse in Aswan. I’m sitting under a huge bamboo roof surrounded by beautiful fabrics on the couches and tables. We’re on a hill, and to my right is a view of the Nile, and the city of Aswan beyond, and in ...