I get asked almost daily on FB PM if Cairo is safe. *I just blogged about it at *aleyabellydance.com * I also just made a quick vid of Colleen Wilde on her trip here in Cairo. *I love the vid and hope that you are inspired to come back to Cairo. *Here is the link. *Please send me any questions or comments on FB @aleya bellydance or here. *Happy Dancing!*
As many of you might know..I am in Egypt a lot with hubby's business and family. The last several years have seen much turmoil in Egypt. After the initial revolution, in which we had the tanks right in front of our tour business door, business was down to nothing...even for the hajj. The depth of corruption had no bottom even for us. I am happy that there is now a new government that is trying to move the country forward...out of corruption, which is still there, and out of poverty.
ďEl-TetĒ 24/7 Belly Dance TV
Sorry, this is going to be long. I have a lot to say.
If thereís anything positive coming out of post revolutionary Egypt, itís the new belly dance channel ďEl-Tet.Ē El-Tet, which is based in Bahrain and has an office in Cairo, features performances by Egyptian and foreign belly dancers 24 hours a day. Thatís right. Shimmies and undulations around the clock on national Egyptian TV. The channel, which is a little over a year old, takes
One of the perks of being a contracted dancer in Cairo is that you get to perform quite regularly. Some of us work multiple times a week. Others work multiple times a day, depending on the venue, the popularity of the dancer, and these days, whether thereís enough business. And what could be better than that? Doing what you love every single day. It seems like the ideal work situation. And it is. Except I wasnít too sure of that when I first got contracted. Hereís why.
Iím not Egyptian and I donít pretend to be, but Iíd be lying if I said I havenít picked up a few Egyptian habits. Being Egyptian is contagious. :) Particularly when you live here for a while and speak the language pretty fluently. Thatís all quite normal, I guess. But itís interesting in light of the fact that I grew up in a country where itís common for foreigners to cling onto their native cultures and resist assimilation. So when I step outside of myself and observe the ways in which my thoughts,