Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Revolutionary Sand Dusted Sunsets

Camels for sale at the Camel Market outside of Cairo

Deep blue skies contrasted by the stark sandstone Sahara Desert have set the stage for an event that will define our generation.  When history looks back on the second decade of the second millennium, one of the events that will characterize this moment in time will be the cry for democracy in the Arab world.  While news agencies pontificate over the rebellion against the dictatorship in Egypt, citizens shape a country that is  rich with kind, knowledgeable and passionate people.  Egypt is not the country depicted by news agencies intent on selling the consumer the most dramatic and jaw dropping events of the past week.  Instead, Egypt sits in an awkward place in history, confused by the twisted road that lies ahead.

After a passionate, grass roots revolution, Egypt now languishes in stagnancy, stuck in a political stalemate between former Mubarak cronies, the Muslim Brotherhood and average Egyptian.citizens.  The fallout from the cry for democracy has reached far and wide.  Tourism is only starting to return to this Pharonic wonderland and the effects of this can be felt by the traveler when visiting the country.

Our trip comprised of one week in Cairo, where we visited Ghiza, Alexandria and local attraction within the city.  The following week we proceeded to Sharm El Sheikh where we dove with Emperor Divers in the Red Sea.  The biggest lesson learned on this trip ... wait for it ... wait for it ... was ... keep waiting ... don't try to change lenses in the middle of the desert during a sand storm.  Yes, speckles appear all over the photos because I'm stupid.  I have taken most of them out by using the healing tool in Lightroom but unfortunately, the sand has managed to work its was under my shutter button.  This has caused the button to work inconsistently.  Anyone know a good Canon repair shop in Sofia?

It was a fantastic trip and I would recommend that anyone interested in visiting Egypt look past the portrait of Egypt being painted on the nightly news and explore the country for themselves.  You won't be disappointed.  Enjoy the photos and please feel free to comment below!


  


Pharonic tomb inscription depicting items that would help the Pharaohs reach the afterlife
  

Pyramids dot the landscape as the flat, rolling desert stretches out in front of this sunset worshiper


   
Train riders waiting for departure out of Alexandria station
Market vendor selling his wares

A midday date atop the Citadel in Cairo


Camel jockey in training
Enjoying the shade of the Camel Market

Hot tea on a hot day


Strolling camel vendors



Sunset in the middle of the Red Sea


Stark, dry land contrasted by rich, blue ocean

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