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  • hardie karges 1:49 am on June 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Egypt, , , , Nubian, Sudan   

    #Egypt in #Music, #Nubian and Urban… 

    Egypt (Misr) is a mother, the mother of us all. With origins at least ten thousand years ago and a well-documented history for at least half that, this is where it all began, the bottle-neck between Africa, Asia and Europe, where black and white have rubbed shoulders since time immemorial and big ideas have been made and canceled as a matter of course, where Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mamluks, French, British and Ottomans have all had their day, until Egyptians ultimately have their say and their way, and agree to disagree…

    The last six years say it all, at the start of which I could travel freely all over the region, over land and water, like a pilgrim in search of everything, now divided into safe zones and no-fly zones and there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I zones. Pick any God. The pyramids are the big deal, of course, but Thebes is all about columns, though never given credit as the prototype for Greece, with whom Egyptians share more DNA than has ever been acknowledged, either, only now obvious with the world genome now revealed…

    If you want to travel there, do it. There is an overland route going south, too, you know, South Sudan optional. Sudan also has a border with Eritrea, and onward to Ethiopia via Djibouti, more of that same Greek/Nubian DNA there, apparently. Get visas in advance, if possible. You can always fly. The horn is the heartland. Welcome to the Bible. Go before WW4…

  • hardie karges 1:41 pm on December 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Egypt, Luxor, Thebes   

    Luxor, Egypt: Down South Up River 

    Ruins at Luxor, Egypt

    Ruins at Luxor, Egypt

    Cairo has largely missed the boat to modernity that its sister oil-rich states are riding into the sunset… faded glory, historical standard bearer for Arab and Muslim worlds… glorious past, but future very sketchy… so I kill time peacefully until time to board train, disgustingly filthy and hardly worth the cost… but I persevere, next stop Luxor.

    …hustle hassle starts before the train even gets into the station… nice Australian lady touting for her hotel on the train, claiming discrimination on the home front, (not Australia), claims locals diss her as a whore… she’s dissing them, of course… when train gets in, touts right at the door, following hot on my heels… hard to be polite in situations like these. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 3:24 pm on December 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You never cease to amaze me with your descriptive power.

      • hardie karges 3:38 pm on December 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thx, I think a visual style is what makes the re-mix interesting, like reverse applique’ textiles, cutting through layers and only leaving certain patterns…

  • hardie karges 6:36 pm on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dahab, , Egypt, Jordan, , Petra   

    Crossing Jordan: the Bitter Tears Of Petra 


    Ruins at Petra, Jordan

    December 2009

    …try to travel again next day… loose stools… don’t worry much if nothing in there… haven’t eaten much this week… wonder what I weigh now?  …get a taxi far out to the edge of Damascus… just to catch another taxi, “service taxi,” long-distance collective ones, to neighboring countries… easier waiting for a taxi to fill than a bus or even a van, as in Africa.

    At least drivers here not absolute maniacs as in Egypt… nice to see some old-fashioned excitement at the presence of a foreigner… Arabs can be loud and belligerent, but also very sweet and helpful… but I’m a man.  It could be very different if you’re a woman, especially if you’re traveling alone… after an hour or so, taxis start filling up and we’re on our way to Jordan.  (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 7:41 pm on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very entertaining, to be sure – but how do you do it!!!

    • hardie karges 10:36 pm on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is fun, and easy too, 100% editing, since I wrote it five years ago in wordier style. Compare to your hard copy and that’s what I was working with last night… hence: ‘re-mix’…. interesting lesson in editing…

  • hardie karges 3:11 pm on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Egypt, , pyramids, Sphinx   

    Chaos In Cairo: A Comedy Of Errors & Assorted Pyramid Schemes         

    Egypt in happier times

    Egypt in happier times

    November 2009

    …four days of bad coffee … Wheat-a-Bix… no Wi-Fi,… good to be moving on from London.  The verdict is still out on Cairo, but at least a room will be cheaper…

    The Blue Bird (Hotel) has no Wi-Fi, of course.  But they DO have a twenty-five-foot hard line… I start making onward plans… need to get to both Sudan and Eritrea…

    … Eritrean embassy says that they can’t give me a visa, since I’m not an Egyptian resident… guess I’m Caught-22, but I’ll inquire again in Yemen…

    … Cairo at midnight is something to behold, something like Halogen heaven.  If you shine bright enough lights on anything, I guess it’ll look good … not unlike Mexico City or one of the older sections of Bangkok… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 3:52 pm on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I can hardly comprehend all your travels from place to place – and how you have such expertise!!

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