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Observing Egypt

Last night I had a dream that I was working an election where no one, including candidates, were sure of who was going to be on the ballot until two weeks before Election Day, where no one knew what the ballot physically looked like, and most of the country still doesn’t know where they can vote. Meanwhile, there are revolutionaries in the streets calling to overthrow the interim military-government who is retaliating by force, oh, and just two days before Election Day voting... Read More

Cairo Billboard Greeting

This advertisement was the first thing to greet us in Cairo as we disembarked from the plane. It’s a billboard for Mobilini, a cell phone company here that quotes Obama speaking about Egyptian revolutionaries. The only problem is that, while the sentiment is positive, the quote doesn’t seem to be real. It seemed odd to us that any American President would explicitly say that American children should be like people from any other country. So we googled and googled... Read More

#1 United Employee

We were lucky to “bump into” United’s #1 employee yesterday in London at Heathrow airport, on our way to Cairo, Egypt. Bonus!  Read More

China: Reflections on the Great Divide

After nearly two months in China, Sasha and I have holed up in a hotel in Katmandu, Nepal where we’re taking advantage of some unfettered access to the Internet to catch up on the blog and wait for Sasha’s sister to arrive. We’ve gotten more questions about China and what it’s like from friends and family than any other place we’ve visited. We’re still soaking in everything we learned from China — some good, some bad — but we wanted... Read More

Totalitarian Time Zones

We just arrived in Nepal. As we crossed the border we set our watches and cameras back two hours and 15 minutes (UTC +5:45). Not sure whose idea it was to put them a quarter of an hour off from the rest of the world but we’re going along with it. Of course, that’s nothing compared to China’s time zone craziness. All of China is in a single time zone UTC +8. This is despite the fact that China spans five international time zones. It’s a policy that’s... Read More