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Mar 112016
 

So many street vendors are loud and aggressive in hope of selling their wares.  Not this old timer.  He was always calm and composed.  I watched him from across the street for some time while sipping on Egyptian coffee.  The coffee here is dark and muddy and good, but that’s another story.  In the street’s of Aswan, there wasn’t a more composed man than this one.

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Mar 122015
 

Upon arrival at our hotel in Giza, a friend and I immediately went exploring.  We walked up the hill toward the pyramids we could see the tops of and Wow!  What a sight!  We found someone who could lead us out through the gate.  Yes, it’s highly regulated yet anything can be negotiated with a bit cash.  We were both extremely excited and in awe of the grandeur of what we saw.  This is one of the first unobstructed views we had.

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Aug 292014
 

The market area of Aswan is old and disheveled.  Bricks have fallen off old buildings.  Streets are mostly dirt.  But it does bustle with people and commerce and life.  Most necessary items can be bought there; as well as many trinkets and unnecessary things.  But, one thing comes without a price.  And that is friendship and camaraderie and lively conversation.  I wonder what they’re talking about.

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May 262014
 

It was quite a day.  We ferried across the Nile from Luxor, then rode in vans to the temple in the Valley of the Kings.  A grand spectacle  After spending time in and around the temple itself, along with some others, of course, I wanted to do a bit of wandering.  There was a trail leading up into the rocky hillside above the temple grounds.  Perfect.  I love a heightened perspective.  If not with a group I could have wandered for hours around here.  It was so moving some of us chose to come back at dawn the next day.

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Jan 082014
 

Wow!  What an adventure this was.  We started out at the remote St. Catherine’s monastery.  After settling into our preferred mode of transport to the top, we set off.  Personally, I chose to hike up.  I would be more free to take photos and if it was good enough for Moses….  The camels could go about 3/4 of the way up and then everyone had to hike.  We arrived at the summit in time for some singing and prayer before watching the sun go down.  The hike back down was incredible in the intense silence and dark, with one of the clearest and brightest skies I’ve ever seen.  Without a flashlight we had to be a bit careful, but the stars lit up our path just enough.

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May 202013
 

This icon, the Sphinx, is so huge, so ominous.  It just sits there, regally, gazing out over the desert; a sentry for the pyramids, on guard for invading marauders who would rather destroy what was sacred.  Or, at least, so I imagine.  Actually, it was quite incredible to be there from before sunrise, without hordes of tourists.  Just our little group of 25, alone amongst these seemingly alive “beings” on the Giza plateau.  Whether quietly singing or meditating or imagining, we were all in awe, blessed to be thrust into ancient times and tingling mystery.

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Oct 222012
 

Still standing after all these years.  Almost seems like a miracle.  Many of the pyramids in this area of Egypt were either crumbling or in a certain stage of pre-crumble.  But that just seems to make them more interesting and mysterious.  Thus my friend Fort’s sit-down meditation.  Maybe that’s just a way to get inside it.  Get still and quiet enough, internally, to move into the heart of what’s there.  Now that I think about it, he did have a little wry smile and glow when he arrived back at the bus.  Hmmmm?

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Jan 292012
 

We all got up early one morning and through the influence of our guides were able to get into the area of the Giza pyramids and sphinx at sunrise before any other people were allowed to get in.  It was incredible being there at that time of day without the masses of other people milling around.  After hanging out inside the sphinx, we were taken to a not-so-much visited place where we could practice our movement meditation in perfect view of the pyramids and rising sun.  It was a special morning as the sun seemingly split the Khafre pyramid, energizing the whole complex in response to our movements.

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