Anastasia78's Guestbook



9th February 2013

The Storyteller
More of the incredible writing we've come to expect from you - fantastic again.
9th February 2013

Wow!!!
You do have a way with words Anastasia and this is yet another touching blog, which I can see has come straight from your heart. Most people can't even begin to comprehend what the Vietnamese people have been through. Your story reflects much of what my wife has told me about the trials and tribulations her country and her people have had to endure, some of which has reduced me to tears. Thanks for sharing your story.
9th February 2013

Great stories...
keep them coming.
9th February 2013

What absolutely interesting and educational stories. It is good to be at ease asking questions. See what you learn and can share. Keep it up!
24th January 2013
Mena House Oberoi

Loved it there
Back in 1996, I stayed here. But my room was by no means as big nor as nicely appointed as this one. Thanks for all these hotel pics, Anastasia - - - nostalgic for me. Would love to be back, staring out at the pyramids from the hotel room.
24th January 2013

Mean House
If I go back to Egypt, rather WHEN I go back to Egypt, I'd stay again in Mena House Oberoi. Was there ages ago. 1996 to be exact. Need to get a good deal to afford staying there again. Thanks, Anastasia for this post. Been searching for hotel photos -- mine sucks -- and seeing yours made me remember. Would you mind sharing your photos with me on my Egypt blog? I'd use the TB photo code of course to redirect the reader to this blog.
17th January 2013

I didn't know what I was getting into when clicking on this blog, but what a gem! The conversation isn't just unexpected, bittersweet and fascinating, it reveals so much about you as a person -- all good. Thanks for sharing.
16th January 2013

As usual ...
A great entry, poignant and beautifully written. And the thing that touch me even more is that it is about the "back home", not some exotic destinations; thanks for sharing the story about your encounter with Jerome. Traveling comes with a certain state of mind & you of all are definitely keeping the same human approach that you are in a dusty street of Cairo or in a train heading home... Keep writing !
15th January 2013

Did you ever see that Idiot Abroad when he sees the pyramids for the first time? There was garbage and nappies wizzing around his head, and he says something like 'they don't put that on the brochure do they?' Oh I laughed myself silly. Great blogs by the way!
16th January 2013

I just put Idiot Abroad on my Netflix queue. :)
15th January 2013
Yes, I certainly found my sunshine.

You get 5 stars for this picture! I love it.
13th January 2013

How brave..
Yes it seems that you can learn a lot by being a little more outgoing and curious about those around us. As Mike Fossey said, unfortunately the British distancing yourself from people is a well-known trait. I vow to look more carefully at those empty seats!
11th January 2013

And I think I learned a thing or two too!
We Brits get on trains and do precisely what aspiringnomad's degree project found - we avoid other passengers if we can. Your interesting tale proves how much more rewarding it is to sit and talk to someone. I'll try it next time.
13th January 2013

Try it and then report your findings. :)
9th January 2013

Beautifully written!
Lovely! You certainly have a gift for communicating with people. Well done!
9th January 2013

What a profoundly beautiful blog...
thanks for sharing and being the kind of person who is willing to cross boundaries. I pray that Jerome found the encouragement he needs to achieve his good goals, like taking care of his mother.
9th January 2013

And again, WOW!
I've had some amazing experience in Chicago, but this is tops. And I think both you and Jerome are richer for it.
8th January 2013

Learning about the world through the art of coversation
Beautiful and touching - it brought tears to my eyes.
8th January 2013

Another "Wow!"
What a very well written, incredible story. I really enjoyed this. You truly do have a gift for being open to seeing people. This reminded me of you asking the woman in Egypt (I think) if you could see her face. Thank you for sharing this.
8th January 2013

Why thank you very much.
I was hoping to hear from you! In all fairness, my gift of gab has backfired on me more than once....I just haven't written about those incidents...guess I could though. :)
8th January 2013

Wow - just WOW!!!
Very poignant writing - I thoroughly enjoyed it!
8th January 2013

Wow! Thanks!
Thanks for the comment. Really appreciated.
8th January 2013

heart felt
What a heartfelt and enlightening conversation. You truely have a gift for talking "with" people, not too them. Great expression.

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