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Photo Essay | Bridges of the Camino de Santiago

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Las Fiestas Españolas – A Pilgrim’s Nightmare

It was the 10th day of walking, 3.9.2011, a rainy day, very cold since we woke up and the weather didn’t get any better throughout the entire morning. I reached Belorado along with some people I was walking with. A very small Spanish town, looking dead as all north Spanish towns during the siesta time (from 2 to 4 pm, towns are dead! Plazas are empty! And no one is seen on the streets! Those Spanish people take their rest time really seriously!

View from Hostel
Yes the pool belongs to the hostel, but it was really cold!

The Hostel room in Belorado

We entered our albergue, with nothing much to do, we did our laundry, started thinking about what to eat, and then decided to go out for a walk through the town to find a good supermarket to buy something to cook.

We search a lot, but we find none! All are closed down. We finally asked someone why are all the “supermercados” were closed down; and we were told it’s because…

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Camino de Santiago in Pictures | Special Moments – Photo Essay | Part II

First of all, I am not by any chance a pro photographer, nor do I own a good camera (and on the Camino de Santiago specifically I was using an old phone’s camera).

Second thing I have to mention about this post before you go through is that those picture are mostly of people, friends I’ve made on the Camino, so while the post in general might not be very interesting for most of you, each one picture of those holds a great memory in it, and always brings a smile to my face!

View the first part of this post, my Camino de Santiago special moments Part |

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Bar Espana, where we waited for the bus
Bar Espana

Waiting for the bus

A special moment in a different way, a day I couldn’t step on my foot, I’ll post about the story in another post. But boy did many people take the bus with me that day, and the 6 hours since getting kicked out of the hostel, till I took the bus were so much fun!

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Reaching a town after 10 Km walking

10 Km non stop

This day I started walking all alone in the morning while it was still dark. I can also make a whole post about this day, but in short, I walked 10km non stop to this town. The moment in this picture was special because if I had….

Continue this post on my new blog here “Camino de Santiago Special Moments Part II” 

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Camino de Santiago in Pictures | Special Moments – Photo Essay | Part I

First of all, I am not by any chance a pro photographer, nor do I own a good camera (and on the Camino de Santiago specifically I was using an old phone’s camera).

Second thing I have to mention about this post before you go through is that those picture are mostly of people, friends I’ve made on the Camino, so while the post in general might not be very interesting for most of you, each one picture of those holds a great memory in it, and always brings a smile to my face!

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The cooking Team (+others)
From left the left: Me, Jenny, Johannes and Chris.

Cooking in Zubiri

I have mentioned this story before, this was the day I started making friends on the Camino, and started talking and interacting with people, and found out there are many interesting people walking with me. It was Jenny who took the first step in inviting everyone to eat together, she cooks 😀

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Gathering in Zubiri after dinner in the Albergue's Yard

After dinner gathering

It was the same day we cooked dinner in Zubiri, everyone was talking with all, plus some wine to break the ice between all the solo walkers. It was also in that gathering I met Ismael, the great ….

To continue reading this post, and to see the rest of the photos, please do so on my new blog here: Special moments on the Camino Part I

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– Mina Mahrous

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No One Likes Being a Pharmacist

Statistically based, according to my previous post about why I hate being a pharmacist.

I wrote a previous post about why I hate being a pharmacist, thinking it would be one of the boring posts that wouldn’t get much attention. However, I was wrong! According to the statistics of the older blog of mine, that post was my most popular one!!

So why do people become pharmacists? I personally have no answer to this. And although I don’t like regretting things that already happened, because I believe that everything happens for a reason, and will build up to something nice with time, but if I am to regret something, it would be studying pharmacy. I don’t like, and I don’t enjoy working as a pharmacist.
And apparently I’m not alone!!

Pie Chart about my stats

The previous chart shows the amount of traffic to that specific post, with respect to all other posts and to the home page. It’s visited at least twice more than the second most popular post on my blog.

Another interesting thing I have noticed is the search keywords referring to the post.
Let me just mention a few of them that were most repeated:

  •  I hate being a pharmacist (with several changes, like removal of the “I” or some spelling mistakes, or addition of the “WHY?” question at the beginning)
  •  Why I hate pharmacy
  •  Why I hate pharmacists
  •  Why I hate pharmacy pharmacists (lol)
  •  Hate my job as pharmacist
  •  Why I hate being in pharmacy (dude trust me, you’re doing…

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Life is Sometimes Easier than What We Think

This post is inspired by something that might not be much related to the title, but it is how I felt after two frustrating days. I am applying to a masters degree to study Public Health. And for some unknown reason (really unknown) I have only applied to universities in Sweden. Paid the application fees and had hard times at my home university in Alexandria, Egypt finishing paper work to send it in to university admissions in Sweden. Finally sent in the papers right on time before the deadline.

Alexandria University Administrative Building

Alexandria University Administrative Building

What did I miss? The English requirements documents. I have been told that, as an IGCSE graduate (International high school diploma) I do not need to sit for a TOEFL or IELTS exams, all I need to do is send my ESL (English as a Second Language) certificate from my high school and it counts as a proof of English proficiency (as it is certified by Cambridge University).

My bad, I haven’t asked the university admissions if this is correct or not and just took the word of my friends for granted. Just to receive a message from university admissions on February 27th saying I did not meet their English requirements and they regret to tell me that I have been rejected.

Disqualified

I quickly started panicking and getting depressed and frustrated (all at once). I have been day dreaming about getting accepted for so long! I quickly started checking when the nearest TOEFL or IELTS exam is, they are on March 9th and 7th; grades come out in two weeks; so my grades will reach …

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Embracing a New Experience

So I have talked before about how my Pre-walking days were (How I went against the omens at the beginning, and getting to sleep at nowhere in Pamplona, and how I finally reached Saint Jean Pied de Port [SJPP], France, where I would start walking el Camino de Santiago)

And I have also mentioned how I met my friends on the Camino de Santiago, which was on the way I walked from Roncesvalles to Zubiri (2nd day of walking).

So I am now intending to fill in the blanks, with a short story about my first day of walking. From Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles: 27Km, includes crossing the Pyrenees, 1265m elevation followed by a steep 370m descending. Tiring? Yes!

Stepping out of SJPP

So that day I woke up to my alarm at 6.30 am, I slept really well, given

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I MOVED!!!

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

I AM HERE BY, PROUDLY (and very excitedly) ANNOUNE THAT:

I MOVED!

I have my website ready, it is not totally 100% ready but I am just too excited to wait anymore 😀 Please start visiting me there, share it with your friends, get me more readers because soon I will be holding my first blog contest with a very cool gift (under construction now, I’m sure you’ll love it).

http://somedayillbethere.com

Here you go 😀

All feedback, comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.

Now you can start following me there. For the first couple of posts I will still post here and link them to my new website. And then I will stop using this blog. If you are following me on twitter or facebook, however, you will still get the updates from there. I will not change those pages J

Thank you all, share me the excitement and say hello on the new website 😀

– Mina

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I’m Moving

Dear Readers,

Hope this post finds all of you good and safe.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. No I’m not quitting, not yet. The reason behing this delay is that I was moving, soon enough I’ll have my own domain, and when it happens I would like everyone to start showing me some love there 😀

Until then, I will not post on here (gotta save the, well, good but no so amazing ideas/posts), but I will re-update you here when the website is done.

Sorry about any inconvinience and I’ll see you again soon on my new website 😀

Excited,
 – Mina Mahrous

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That Small Particle called Sand

Inspired by last Friday’s twitter #FriFotos topic, and later on by AdventurousKate’s post about sand photos, I went through some of my albums and figured out I have loads of photos of sand, well some of them are pure sand, The great Sand Sea in Egypt. Some of them are your normal sand beach photos. Some are kind of rocky/sandy beaches. So I thought I could also share some of them. Well my favourite of them atleast.

Siwa, Egypt. Well most of my sand pictures are in that place. It is one of my favourite places on planet earth. Continue reading

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8 Reasons why I hate being a Pharmacist in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

I work in a pharmacy in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. It is our family business/thingy: My father in a pharmacist, and so is my sister. My mother, though not a pharmacist by profession, she has 20+ years experience in running the pharmacy by now, so by now she is actually better than many ‘real’ pharmacists. And so, after high school, I was forced to follow the family trend and study pharmacy, although I knew I hated it. And now looking at the possible careers, non of them seemed to catch my attention or to promise any self satisfaction, so again I was forced to work as a retail pharmacist, in our pharmacy.
And I hate it. I really do, from the bottom All my Heart.

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2011 – A Year Full Of Surprises

2011 – A Year Full Of Surprises

It’s the holiday season, 2011 is almost over, a couple of more days left in it. Speaking from a personal point of view, this was by far the weirdest year and certainly the fullest!

Here’s a summary of how my 2011 went, from the very beginning.

15 minutes into 2011:
The Church I was supposed to be in for the New Year’s mass got bombed, I clearly state that I was saved by Continue reading

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