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The last rays of the setting sun burnish the high peaks as it sinks below Mt Sinai. © L. Birch 2014
Into the Heart of Sinai

November 10th 2014
Into the Heart of Sinai. As we rolled up to the checkpoint, the soldier who had flagged us down walked around the car and stood in front of my window. He wore an automatic rifle of some kind, strapped across his chest – the barrel pointing down at the road. His left hand covered the trigger guard almost negligently and because the gun was at eye level next to my window, I had a brief opportuni ... read more
Africa » Egypt » Sinai » St Catherine

Egyptian Flag 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
19th February 2015

Magical journey!
Staying in a Bedouin camp in the vast, red desert, visiting the fabled St. Catherine's and hiking up and meeting a seeker on Mt Sinai--it doesn't get much better than that. I used to focus on my inner journey during my travels but had lost sight of that recently. Your words, "we all travel to try and make sense of our world and of our place within it," remind me to take the time to look within--thank you!
22nd February 2015

Magical Journey!
Hi Tara, thanks for your comment and so glad you liked the article. Trips like this one are often a reminder that sometimes... maybe we're missing the point. An easy place to feel like that though, I think it would be difficult to be somewhere like Sinai and not feel touched by the experience of being there.

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