Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I have touched greatness!


I'm back! What a trip! Egypt was like nothing I had ever seen before...the great ancient-ness of it all, the mystery (how did they build those things?!) and the madness ("Come see my things! No hassle! No hassle! No cost to look!")! It was a glorious cacophony of sights and sounds. I had to pinch myself every so often...

I am in the process of looking through all my pictures and those of my travel companions (over a thousand photos in total), and trying to organize what and how I am going to post them here. I am also wading through tons of work email. So I'll be posting bits at a time, probably interspersed with regular, non-Egypt posts (including my Lasang Pinoy entry!).

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with some images...

The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza...


Sailing on a felucca in Aswan...


The Kiosk at the Temple of Philae in Aswan...


Cruising down the Nile...the view from the deck of our boat...


The obelisk at dusk in the Temple of Luxor...


Massive columns in the Temple of Karnak...


I'm still reeling...it may have only been a week, but I have amassed a thousand wonderful memories, not just of the amazing sights, but also of all the little experiences along the way (including the food I ate and the people I met!). And now as I sit at my desk, back in the daily grind, I can smile wistfully and remember...until the next adventure!

31 comments:

Joe said...

Your pictures are quite amazing. I can only dream of going to Egypt but I can live with seeing them through your eyes! Can't wait to see if you post more!

Midge said...

Those pictures are super, Joey! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. My kid sister (a budding Egyptologist) turned positively green with envy when she saw your snapshots. ^_^ Ah, to have gone to that most fabled of lands -- !

Mila Tan said...

The picture at dusk looks like something from a travelogue. Marvelous images, and hope to read more about your trip. Thanks.

tattum said...

welcome joey!! what a trip!! the images are from a profesional!! wow! what colours! I studied History, but I've never been to Egypt, I must think about it for my next vacation. so now, tell us everything about it!!! Besos

Kai said...

Welcome back, Joey! Great photos! I'm sure great travel and food posts to follow! Dying with anticipation....Did you go as far as Abu Simbel?

Lori said...

It's good to have you back, Joey! Your photos look like postcards. Can't wait to see more. But first, take a vacation from your vacation... :P

ChichaJo said...

Hi Joe! This has long been a dream of mine...will be posting more soon :)

Hi Midge! Belated Happy Birthday! If you or your sister is interested let me know and I'll give you the contact number of the travel agency I used (good package) :)

Hi Mila! I actually saw a picture of the obelisk at dusk in a magazine, so when we went (and it was conveniently dusk as well) I tried to recreate it :)

Hi Tattum! Will post more about it soon (spice shopping, eating at a Nubian village, and more!) You are much closer to Egypt than I am so I'm sure you can make the trip :)

Hi Kai! Thanks! Unfortunately, we didn't reach Abu Simbel...sigh, but that leaves something for next time, hehe :)

Hi Lori! Thanks! I am very familiar with the "vacation from your vacation" concept, haha! So there will be a Lasang Pinoy break before my next post... :)

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fiordizucca said...

hi joey. i also think we should have a world blog by post. it would be much fun experimenting with ingredients from another side of the world! hey, we can always organize one! :)

JMom said...

Great to see you back, your photos are amazing! Can't wait to hear more about your adventure, especially the food related ones :-)

Randi said...

great pics, cant wait to hear about the food there.

stef said...

oh, how beautiful!!!! joey, i'm even more envious than i was when you first said you were leaving LOL. great to have you back, and looking forward to more Egypt posts!

ting-aling said...

Nice ones Joey. I could tell you had a fantastic one! 'can't wait for the rest of the stories.

Paz said...

Welcome back, Joey! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time in that magical, historical place. Looking forward to more pics and news! Glad you're back!

Best,
Paz

megwoo said...

Joey,
Welcome back! What beautiful pictures! Can't wait to hear more details...

dexiejane said...

oh glorious. just glorious. welcome back sweetie. :)

Karen said...

Welcome back, you lucky girl! I'm glad you had a wonderful time in Egypt.

What wonderful pictures! You made me long for the desert. Sigh!

I'll be eagerly waiting for your stories, O Princess of the Nile! ;-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Fiordizucca! World Blogging by Post...the final frontier! That would be exciting :)

Hi Jmom! It was really a great adventure :)

Hi Randy! Thanks! Will be posting about that soon...

Hi Stef! It's great to be back, although I did want to stay longer, but work calls! Hayayay! :)

Hi Ting! Yes, I had a wonderful time :)

Hi Paz! Thanks! There were a lot of magical moments...it's quite a special place :)

Hi Megwoo! Thanks! Stay tuned for details :)

Hi Dexie! Thanks for the warm welcome! :)

Hi Karen! Princess of the Nile...hoohoohoo! I like that ;) Would you believe that I missed the humidity here? There were times I thought I would burst into flames! :)

Marketmanila said...

Gosh, I need a trip to someplace enchanting... what superb photos!

nina said...

beautiful pictures! i hope someday i'll be as lucky as you and experience egypt :) discovered you through pinoycook.net, btw.

thess said...

not only that the photos are superb but your camera as well, joey :)

egypt, the country ive been longing to visit...

Barbara said...

Welcome back. Great photos.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Market Man! It really was enchanting :)

Hi Nina! Thanks for dropping by! Our dreams are never as far as they seem :)

Hi Thess! Thanks! It's a Sony (parang commercial) :)

Hi Barbara! Thanks for the welcome :)

schatzli said...

perhaps your next adventure is a visit to greece i live right in the heart of the city and I can take you for culinary delights


red sea sa canal i did that crossing but sure wont be long I visit the place selos lang

dito pa ako sa france end of oct na balik ko

Ruth said...

Awesome photos!!! What a memorable and gorgeous trip. Thanks for sharing

Mona said...

You might not even read this..being the 25th post and all but welcome back. Do you moonlight as a photographer for LIFE magazine or something? Truly remarkable pictures. I must get there before I die...and perhaps touch some greatness too!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Schatzli! I would love to return to Greece...there is so much I miss about it, the food being a big part! Naku, I can't name it all here :) Having a local to show me the culinary delights would be heaven!

Hi Ruth! Thanks! Will post more as soon as I can :)

Hi there Mona :) So far I have read every single comment on this blog, and I aim to continue :) Thanks for the welcome back and the nice comments!

angelika said...

Just a short note - but welcome home and my thoughts often and often were with you, wondering how you would like it - and I am happy that you obviously had a really great time ! I am looking forward to reading your diary !
angelika

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Angelika for such a sweet note and for keeping me in your thoughts! I truly did have a great time and I have published my first post on my first meal there just now :)

Cesca said...

Yo! I managed to stumble upon your blog somehow and I'm happy that I did! I wanna go to egypt too! >.< The food looks soo good! What tour did you take? What other countries have you been to? Sorry kulit hehe, just excited.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cesca! Thanks for dropping by :) I took a tour offered by a local travel agent here that a friend of mine took before me (so I had her recommendation). It included Cairo, Aswan, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo...and incorporated a Nile cruise to travel between some of these places. Traveling is very exciting! You should check out the myriad of options that are out there :)

Let me know if you want the details of the travel agent we used...