Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

Profile Updated: March 16, 2012
Maryanne Stroud
Residing In: Cairo Egypt
Homepage: www.alsorat.com
http://miloflamingo.blogspot.com
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Occupation: equestrian tourism
Children: Nadim, born 1981; Yasmine, born 1983
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I moved to Canada in 1971 and decided I liked it there. Finished university and grad school, married Diaa el Gabbani in 1980. Moved to Egypt with kids and husband in 1988 to manage businesses here. Husband died in 2000, but I stayed to settle estate issues and businesses. Retired to a farm outside of Giza where I live with a large number of animals and winter visitors. Kids are currently living/working/studying in NYC.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
We do a fair bit of work with schools and scouting. A wagon ride is a real treat for the kids. Most kids in Cairo live in apartments.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
High school students learning about cleaning horses.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
George, our master donkey, is pretty willing to let visitors drive.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I raise goats as well. I've bought some good imported goats to boost the local quality for the farmers. But mostly the babies are just dead cute and love being cuddled.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
When we have tourists in Egypt, we offer riding trips in the desert and countryside. These are our neighbourhood pyramids, the pyramids of Abu Sir, and the desert that is just across the road from me.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
You never know who you are going to run into on a country trail in Egypt. These camels are going out to the fields to carry back cut palm fronds to the village where they will use them to make furniture and boxes, ropes and baskets.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I often assist photographers, in this case a US based guy who films and shoots bodybuilders in Egypt. They sometimes use horses, but this time it was camels.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Our countryside is incredibly green and crisscrossed with canals. In the distance you see the pyramids of Abu Sir.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
My kids in New York. From left: Vanessa, my daughter in law, Yasmine, my daughter, and Nadim, my son in his pocket garden, a real prize in Manhattan.