Saturday, August 27, 2016
Kids, Camels, & Cairo by Jill Dobbe
A lighthearted read about my personal experiences as an educator abroad.
Traveling across the globe to work in an international school in Cairo, Egypt, was not exactly the glamorous lifestyle I thought it would be. I cherished my travels to the Red Sea, delighted in visiting the Pyramids, and appreciated the natural wonders of the Nile River. However, I also spent days without electricity or internet, was leered at by rude Egyptian men, breathed in Cairo’s cancerous black smog, and coaxed school work from rich, apathetic students.
Why the heck did I do it? So I could experience the unexpected, explore the extraordinary, and bask in the thrill of adventure!
Whether you’re an educator, a traveler, or just a curious reader, you will be astounded at this honest and riveting account of learning to live in an Islamic society, while confronting the frustrating challenges of being an educator in a Muslim school.
I love reading about a person's life. The chance to get a glimpse of their world, experiences, and adventures is fun to me. I've always liked the idea of leaving everything behind and moving off to a completely different place, but I know that I would never really have the nerve to do it myself.
I honestly can't say that Egypt would be my first choice to live, though. It may be neat to see Pyramids and things like that but I really don't think I would be happy living in the Middle East. I think I would rather go to Europe or someplace like that.
I enjoyed Jill Dobbe's writing style very much. She gave just the perfect amount of information without overdoing it at all. I am very much a fan of being able to picture places and things when I read and she made it easy to do so. I'm glad that I could experience Cairo, all of the ups and downs, through Jill's words.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.