Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Egypt

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.

Original Post

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






Egypt 1989 (Cairo?)



"Liberty is always dangerous,
but it is the safest thing we have."

~Harry Emerson Fosdick


11 comments:

Emily said...

Beautiful shots! And I agree, once you've been somewhere that connection always stays with you. Love the quote at the end, too.

erin said...

incredible photos, despite all your bad luck there.......egypt needs our positve and healing vibes right now.......

Cinthia said...

Great shots of a great place...I hope in peace...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Lucinda!

What a beautiful place this could be.....the appearance so full of history, mystery and magic, but the current situation so frightening. You capture a vision of hope and ancient artifacts of a fairybook land...which no longer exists. How we can make peace, but does the world really want it? Thank you for coming to brighten my day! You are so kind! Enjoy the rest of your week, Anita

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--these photos are just amazing, Lucinda. I've always wanted to go to Egypt, and you've taken me there vicariously. It's very true that we feel a bond with anywhere we've traveled--that's why I wish so much everyone could travel the world over! My heart goes out to the Egyptians right now. I hope the future holds beautiful things for them.

Munir said...

Thank you for sharing your photos. They are really nice. Every thing that is happening in Egypt is upsetting. However if the general popultation of Egypt can get some gaurentee that their needs will be taken care of it will be great. Please look at my view point on deeperzone.com to get an idea.

KathyA said...

Amazing photos, but after hearing of your experiences I wonder if blocking out the whole experience would be healthier!! :) Would getting malaria have been any different?

Loree said...

Oh my, that sounds like on nightmare of a trip. But the photos are gorgeous.

Cristina said...

Povera Egitto, speriamo si risolva tutto per il meglio! Ciao Cri

Bella serie fotografica e bellissimo paese!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

HI Lu..thanks for sharing your stories and adventures...and yes it is sad what is ocurring there now!Wonderful photos!

JM said...

It seems we share the same feelings. The bottom shot is fantastic!