Personal Impressions

The "Personal Impressions" section is a collection of thoughts and personal experiences.

Turn on Your Headlights

Someone convinced all Egyptians that driving without headlights saves loads of fuel. Despite the fact that Egyptians leave their cars running idle for hours while chatting with friends, they invariably cruise streets and highways with little or no headlights at night. Maybe the same person convinced Egyptians that running an engine uses no fuel.

Culture Lost

Ancient Egyptian cultures erected wondrous structures over 3000 years ago that continue to impress today. The Pyramids are 4500 years old. The Temple of Karnak and Abu Simbel are 3500 years old. Carvings and inscriptions covering the walls of these monuments depict proud and powerful cultures. Where did they disappear to? Modern Egyptians have no resemblance to the ancient inhabitants of this land. There seems to be no culture, no identity. The Egyptians of today muddle through their mundane lives without vision to improve.

Where Are You From?

All through the Middle East, tourists are asked, "Where are you from?" Any and every answer begets the same response: "Welcome!" Maybe people's intention are pure and friendly. Maybe they aren't. Regardless, having been asked the same question every hour of every day for the past two months has taken its toll. We're ready to leave.

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