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“Not possible,” the soldier said.

I set my bags down at the gate and faced the Egyptian soldier. “Nothing is impossible.”

“Where is your bus?” 2,518 more words

Adventure Travel

'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,

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Scale & Observation

In 2013, we visited Egypt, first touring Cairo before cruising down the Nile River to Aswan, making stops and excursions to observe ancient sites. Today’s Photo 101 theme is to “play with scale … use anything and everything to help convey size in your image.”  Three images from that trip are shown in this post, each using humans to suggest the enormity of objects from that earlier time. 193 more words


Tea in the Sahara

On Saturday, I met my tour group in downtown Cairo.  I am not crazy about organized tours partly because when 15 usually white English speakers get out of a van, it’s hard to blend in. 661 more words


Egypt & Not much time left in Beirut

I am sitting with three layers of clothes next to a small portable heater. Does it get so cold in Beirut you might wonder…? Well, the outside temperature during the day is still around 19 degrees but it gets colder in the night and more importantly due to the lack of any real insulation indoors it’s pretty much as cold as outdoors. 2,268 more words