EGYPT AND ISRAEL | A PROMISED LAND
The only time that I ever really thought I was going to die was in Egypt.
Not from militants, drowning in the Nile, or heat stroke – It was the food!
Sailing south on the Nile from the Aswan Dam, I ate something that I shouldn't have. In a half coma for 3 days, my eyes transfixed on banks of the Nile as the boat drifted downstream with the current, I watched men watering their herds and women washing their clothes.
I thought about the great explorers of yesteryear who had perished on this very stretch of river, and never before did my life seem so insignificant.
After crossing the Sinai Desert by bus, my camera and film were held hostage at the Israeli border.
I was somewhat annoyed while the Israeli police X-ray scanned my film with heavy-duty equipment more than a dozen times. Once they were finished, the film was damaged, and I never bothered to share the remaining pictures with anyone.
The good news was that I eventually passed through the border near Palestine and was on my way to Jerusalem in time to find a hostel for the night.
The photos shown here are from the original 1998 prints dug out of a shoebox.
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The Giza Plateau
The Nile | Lifeblood of Egypt
Thank you for visiting my Egypt and Israel page.
I'll be adding new content to this page over the coming months, including my near-death experience on the Nile, crossing the Sinai Peninsula in a public van with 12 Palestinians, and surfing in Tel-Aviv, Israel.