This is one of my favorite photos. I took it during our first trip to the Giza pyramids. Egyptians are very friendly and helpful. I get approached a lot by schoolchildren who have never seen Asians in person and they do funny things like take my picture or ask to touch my hair. I also get greeted with a warm “Nihao!” a lot even though I’m not Chinese.
What I love most about this shot is that one of the girls waved back to me. I think they look pretty in their hijabs. A lot of Egyptian girls make their Muslim dress quite fashionable, with mix-and-matched pieces and colorful headscarfs.
Kitkat in Egypt
These are scraps from a family vacation in France.
- I had an incredible time walking around Paris and taking in the shops and cafes, the fashionable Parisians, and the historical beauty of the city.
- The best part was seeing in person the works of my favorite artists, including Gericault, Monet, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Seurat, and Mucha.
- We went to this quaint town called Colmar, where I successfully ordered ice cream in French (une boule de fraise, s’il vous plait)
- One time, a local asked me for directions, which was both flattering and confusing.
- I started my clothing tag collection in France. I also collect tickets and pretty pieces of paper. I have a shoebox in my room where I tuck away these things.
I’d love to go back to Paris, even just for the museums. Supposedly, you need a few complete days to fully appreciate just the Louvre. I’d also love to study art there, but that’s another story.
I used to be a ballerina. When I was 7, my love for books fed my mind with images of little girls transformed into flora and fauna, mysterious powders and creams on dressers, ladies adorned with swan feathers, dancing bears, and roses cast adoringly onstage. Never mind that I couldn’t split to save my life, I wanted to dance.