Egypt was a ‘first’ for me in many ways. It was my first time in the Middle East, my first trip with a digital camera, and the first time my travel plans were relatively flexible.
I’m not normally a morning person, but I still miss being woken up each day by the exotic ‘surround sound’ call for morning prayers (our hotel in Cairo was literarily surrounded by mosques).
The ability to come into contact with something that I had only seen on pictures before was impressive, but at the same time a little disappointing, since I realised that there is not so much mystery in the ancient Egyptian religion, knowledge and lifestyle.
For me, Egypt is a striking contrast. Between ancient and contemporary ruins… Between magnificent 5 thousand years old monuments and the busy noisy life surrounding them… Between the cold and dry desert wind (it was February) and the warm breeze over our felucca on the Nile… And the sharp border between the green fields of Nile valley and yellow sands of desert…