Post script 2/2/11
Things in the last 24 hours have deteriorated and become violent. There are hundreds wounded, some mortally. Gun shots, horseman riding through and hitting the protesters. (which I am sure you've seen as well.) I am so saddened for the people of Egypt. I can't imagine what it would be like if it were happening in my home, in my city.
Please join me in sending prayers and love to the people of Cairo and all of Egypt.
Once you have travelled to a place, it seems that no matter how much time has passed you have a connection with it ... an imprint on your soul. My hope is that whatever it is that happens there, it is for the best and highest good for the people of Egypt. As Erin said, they need our positive and healing vibes right now.
For obvious reasons, Egypt has been on my mind a lot. Unbelievably, it's been more than twenty years since I was there. I had a very strange relationship with the place. It might have been the malaria pills I'd been taking for other stops on our travels, but I was a bit of a wreck there. (The pills are said to cause "mental status changes.")
From the first night I arrived, when I shocked myself so badly on a hotel lamp that I flew backwards onto the floor, to breaking my glasses in the cab outside the pyramids when the seat came back on my purse ... I later left that purse on one of the planes and had a canteen of water spill all over my Kenya film I had in my backpack. My telephoto lens dropped right off my camera, I lost my sisters favorite hat and a bottle of suntan oil spilled in my suitcase. Oh, and the dreams. Well, they were nightmares really. The worst was screwing up my tailbone on a camel ride. (That stayed with me for months.)
This all happened in Cairo. But Luxor? Amazing and mystical. Aswan? Incredibly Beautiful. I loved it. So of course I concluded it was some crazy karmic drama I had with the pyramids.
The photos were taken with my old 35mm 1970s Minolta.
Cairo, Egypt 1989
Karnak Temple Luxor Egypt 1989
"Liberty is always dangerous,
but it is the safest thing we have."
~Harry Emerson Fosdick