Down to Abu Simbel July 19th 2012 After the pyramids, probably my favorite day in Egypt. Set off with a driver at 11ish for the 3 hour drive South to Abu Simbel. The landscape in this part of the country is nothing but desert - vast, endless plains of sand. At one point, it was 115 F outside the car, and mirages were beginning to appear on the horizon. They really did look like water, and you could see how they could easily lead y ... read more
Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C. and a ser... ... read more
The best places aren't on any maps.
- Herman Melville
At the end of all of our exploration we will arrive back at the beginning and know that place for the very first time.
- T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to confront only the essential facts of life, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not truly lived.
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden... full info