From Egypt to UK

26 04 2009

When? 25 April 2009, Where? Shangri-la Hotel & Sahara Tent, Bukit Bintang

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Travel from the pyramids of Egypt through the Enid Blyton-like lakes of United Kingdom to the Eiffel Tower and Rome – all without leaving our meeting venue in KL! Now that was going to be a challenge but we were up for letting guest speakers Rotaractor Ziad El-Adawy and GSE team member Tang Weng Cheong take control and steer our minds through these exotic locations.

Ziad, who is currently a student at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, certainly put in a lot of effort on his presentation – despite being in the middle of finals. He shared his experiences of living in Egypt and took us through time from the historical days of Pharaohs to the modern cities (and for some of us who still had images of Egypt being a desert, we were amazed at how developed and green Egypt really is!). The interests of the avid travelers in our club was certainly peaked and his Q&A session was filled with questions on the cost of traveling to Egypt and must-see itineraries.  

Next up was alumni Cheong who had just returned from his Group Study Exchange trip to the Lake District, UK. Cheong shared on the wonderful Rotary hosts he had and vocational visits he got to be a part of – including trying his hand at being a firefighter! For more of their adventures, you can check out their blog. Cheong also shared pictures from his extended solo trip to Paris and Rome as well as a unique tip – To get great pictures of yourself in front of landmarks when traveling alone – look out for people carrying SLR cameras and get them to assist. Cheong even got a National Geographic photographer to shoot him in front of Eiffel tower!

After that, we planned to have an international cuisine in line with the IS avenue talks. Since we had an Egyptian in our midsts, we decided to host him to dinner at Sahara Tent which is famous for Middle Eastern cuisine and even won a Special Tourism Award. This restaurant also highly recommended by Anu as well and Ziad helped suggest what authentic food we should try. We had Hummus spread and Falafel (spiced chickpea balls) as our appetizer, Cheong was having Moussaka and Kavita was having lamb couscous for their main course. The food is excellent, by the end of the day everyone is satisfied on what they have. We also exchanged portions of our food with each other, sharing is caring as they say.

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