I have had the good fortune in my lifetime of meeting a very large number of people. Among them are a family who live in Egypt. When I was considering whether I should even consider taking this trip, I reached out to one of them about the state of things in her country. She didn’t […]Read More Getting to Know My Egyptian Family
I took my breakfast on the rooftop of the hotel, staring up the Nile. My path doesn’t lead that way, and I often wonder about the other roads. Yesterday afternoon I was dropped off at the hotel and the host really tried to be welcoming but I was too tired for any of it. They […]Read More There’s Real Money to Be Made In Death
In the evening twilight, when the sun has set over the mountains to the west and the sky is still streaked with oranges, reds, and purples, the Nile shines like a silvery serpent as she flows northward from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea. I am in Luxor now, which in ancient times was Thebes, […]Read More The Spiced, Perfumed Air is Hot
I walked through Amsterdam Schiphol thinking about the lounge and that perhaps I should just go there and start nursing a cappuccino. Seven hours would be a long wait, but at least I would have a comfortable seat and some food. The airport wasn’t very busy – none of them are right now, and I […]Read More All The Moving Pieces Have to Fit
The plane hurtled up the runway in Nassau, gathering speed, and I looked out the window, ruminative, thinking about the week I had spent on a boat with strangers (I met Trish in January when I went to Cozumel, but didn’t really know her very well before this trip). As the wheels lifted off and […]Read More So, On Monday…What Happens?
The captain gave us all the instructions ahead of time: what we were to do in preparation and how we were to behave Really, he just wanted us to stay out of the way of the crew. I’ve personally gotten better at that as the week has progressed. But first, there was time for one […]Read More Sailing Toward Home