I never thought being in love with someone who lives across the world would be such an amazing feeling. But this is only because I have met the love of my life. After publishing my second novel, I felt it was time to take a vacation and visit my beautiful habibi in Egypt. If you don’t know, “habibi” means “my beloved” in Arabic. My amazing journey began on October 21st. I won’t lie, I was extremely nervous on the airplane—I’ve never been able to conquer my fear of being a billion feet high in the air (haha). But for my habibi, I was willing—and always willing—to do anything for her, and that meant traveling halfway across the world to be with her.
Being with her was like a glimpse of paradise. Imagine having your very own star that shines its brilliant light just to keep you warm. Imagine having your own goddess who blesses you each moment with her presence. Imagine having your own succubus who furtively seduces you yet turns out to be an angel in disguise. She’s the perfect package: the good; the smart; the sexy; the beautiful. She’s my own personal Nefertiti, and I am her personal Akhenaten. Truth be told, we’re both heretics of the world. We may not worship Aten, but we have our own idea about the cosmogonies of this universe—it’s a secret!
I don’t, however, mind sharing one particular secret with you, which is how we spent our time together. She took me on an amazing adventure to the Pyramids of Giza. It was there where I met Charlie the camel and rode through the ancient sea of sand. Charlie was quite a genius. He would listen and do everything I’d say: Up, Charlie! Go, Charlie! Down, Charlie! He’s the most awesome camel ever. Entering the Pyramid of Khufu was next. It was truly majestic climbing to the pinnacle; and when you are standing in front of it, you will understand why it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Photos simply don’t do justice.
Afterwards, my queen treated me to lunch at a gorgeous outdoor café in Cairo overlooking the Nile River. Yes, that’s right—we were chillin’ with a smile in style for a while by the Nile, and it was worthwhile! Believe it or not, she doesn’t mind my corny rhyming.
Anyway, the food was absolutely delicious. I’ve never tasted such amazing rice pudding in my entire life! In fact, it was so good that I ordered seconds! And while we sat there together we saw several boats pass by us. It was romantic and cool at the same time.
We eventually returned to Alexandria, which is where she currently lives. For three weeks I stayed at Azur, which is a hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Speaking of which, I somehow gathered my wits and guts and proposed to her there by the water. I wanted this to be special, and I knew asking her to marry me by the Mediterranean Sea would be like casting a magical spell because she couldn’t resist me. Well, to hell with it, I’ll tell you another secret—I also couldn’t resist her! From that point on, we hung out at malls, pretended to be models while trying on tons of clothes, checked out the latest movies, and we of course did plenty more sightseeing.
I had an amazing time with my fiancé. Traveling to Egypt was the most incredible experience of my life. Though, hearing about Sandy made me very sad and worried. I’m fortunate that nothing happened to my family here in New York. They only lost power for a few days. Once I knew they were safe I felt better, but my heart goes out to those who lost so much.
Well, I want to end this on a positive note. Life is a journey. Most of us have to work hard every day so that our dreams can become a reality. Although we may suffer at times, there is always a chance to find true happiness. If you have a dream, never let go of it. Keep striving for what you wish for, and if you work hard enough, you can make it happen. I just did, so you can too…and then some. Last but not least, I hope you enjoy the photos below. Peace and love, everyone!