The Midnight Sun: Travelogues and Monologues from Contemporary Cairo

After receiving a year-long fellowship from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad, I will be studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt until May of 2013. While living and studying in Cairo, I will be travelling around the Middle East/North Africa region as much as time and funding allowed. This blog is intended more as a jumping-off point for people interested in the region than as a resource for readers with M.A.'s and P.h.D.'s on the subject, but should be entertaining regardless. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or if I can be of use to you in any way while stationed here in Cairo.


  • Andrew Leber | August 24th, 2012
    Well, here we are in the home stretch for my Tunisian adventures – my recent day trips to the Egyptian countryside have been stacking up in the meantime, but we’ll get there in due course. When I first arrived in Tunisia a university friend who...
  • Andrew Leber | August 23rd, 2012
    I’ve been back from Tunisia for a few days now, enjoying time with friends here in Cairo, discussing the game-altering announcement by President Morsi that Field Marshal Tantawi and a few others at the head of the military council would retire...
  • Andrew Leber | August 23rd, 2012
    I find that a basic working knowledge of the 3 major religions to come out of the Middle East - Christianity, Judaism, Islam - is an important aspect of understanding the region I travel and study in, particularly in Egypt, where two of the three...