by Luna

by Luna

Luna

Luna

Blog Intro

Hello, I'm Luna, and I'd like to welcome you to "Kisses from Kairo,"* my blog about living and working as an American belly dancer in Cairo.

Life in Cairo isn't easy for dancers, foreigners, women, or even Egyptians. It is, however, always exciting. That’s why after living here for seven years, I've decided to share my experiences with the world. From being contracted at the Semiramis Hotel to almost being deported, not a day has gone by without something odd or magical happening. I will therefore fill these pages with bits of my history in Cairo—my experiences, successes, mistakes, and observations. Admittedly, my time here has been rather unique, so I want to stress that while everything I write is true, my experiences do not necessarily reflect the lives of other dancers.

In addition to my life as a belly dancer, I will write about developments in costuming, performances, festivals, and, of course, the dance itself. I will also make frequent references to Egyptian culture. I should note that I have a love/hate relationship with Egypt. If I make any criticisms about the country, please keep in mind that I do so with the utmost love, respect, and most of all, honesty. Egypt has become my home, so I want to avoid romanticizing and apologizing for social maladies, as most foreigners tend to do. Nothing could be more misguided, patronizing, or insulting.

I hope you find this blog informative, insightful and entertaining, and that we can make this as interactive as possible. That means I'd love to hear from you. Send me your comments, questions, complaints, suggestions, pics, doctoral dissertations, money, etc., and I will get back to you. Promise. :)~



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Saturday, February 11, 2012

On Being American

Last year, I bought some glittery red,white and blue fabric and made an American flag belly dance costume.  I never intended to do that, but when I saw lycra stars and stripes while fabric shopping, I just couldn’t resist.  It was as though the fabric were saying, “make me.”  Politics aside, it is a beautiful flag.  And, I’m crazy like that. :)  
The costume was absolutely stunning, and I performed in it quite a bit.  At first, I was a little reluctant to wear it, given Egyptians’ unfavorable views towards the United States.  But one day, I decided to take a chance.  The worst that could happen, I figured, was I’d be booed off stage.  I was willing to take that risk.  To my surprise, nothing like that happened.  In fact, my audience started clapping and cheering the moment I entered the room.  Many of them even begged to be photographed with me.