robertisenberg

Egypt: 7

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

The point of this visit was to fufill Kylan’s mother’s lifelong dream — to see the remains of Ancient Egypt. She had little interest in Modern Egypt, and in this way we were opposite. I enjoy hieroglyphics and mummies as much as the next guy, but I was far more interested in Muslim Egypt — the Egypt of the past 1,000 years. So I convinced Kylan and her mother to see Khan Al-Khalidi, an historic souk in Cairo. The mosques and many buildings have survived centuries of politics and war; and although medieval merchants never sold CD’s and pharaoh T-shirts, the bazaar has teemed with activity since 1382.

This may be my favorite picture of Egypt — a moment so serene and romantic, yet quintessentially Islamic.

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