Located on the US-Canada border about a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls has become a well-visited tourist destination for anyone coming to Canada`s largest city. Last week, Hannah and I decided on a whim to spend a night in the city with its majestic falls. For Egyptologists, of course, Niagara holds special significance as the mummy of Ramesses I used to call the city home for over 100 years (1). He ‘lived’ in the Niagara Falls Museum until late 1999, when the Egyptian collection of the museum was purchased to become part of the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The mummy would eventually be returned to Egypt to great pomp and circumstance. Niagara lost perhaps its most famous resident…
2017 is already in full swing. Down south a new President has been sworn in and here in Toronto we are still waiting for the deep freeze. The semester has also resumed and this time around I am TAing for a new course on Egyptian myth and mythology, which will be enlightening. I had previously TAed a course on Egyptian religion, so this course’s focus will take me deeper into the realm between science and faith – at least from an Egyptian perspective.
It is hard to believe that summer has already come and gone. While it may have been a roast for many of us here in southern Ontario, a new academic year stands before us once more. For me personally, the summer was a great change in pace compared to my last year as I passed my exams and my thesis proposal was accepted – woohoo! So for my year 4, I get to dive straight into my research, something which I have been waiting to do for a long time.
I have just returned from a two week trip to Vancouver, where I visited my family and celebrated my mom’s sweet 60th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been three years now that Hannah and I moved to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Flying back to Vancouver was not only a great chance to meet up with family and friends, but I also decided to rekindle my passion for Egyptology in Vancouver.
Just over two weeks ago, my friend, Carla, and I partook in a tour of the collection of the Coptic Museum associated with St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the northeastern part of Toronto. If you take Highway 404 north and take the Steele exit, then go east, you will quickly come across a massive building on the north side of the road, which is the newly built cathedral of the church. It is impressive and the building was aligned with the east-to-west axis, as if it was to be an ancient Egyptian temple. Nevertheless, the collection is housed in the older building of the church, which is located only a few blocks to the south.