Day14~ March 14th~ Egypt


lost in the sand

I went to Egypt looking for adventure. I got far more than what I bargained for…

A group of 25 something friends from all around the globe, all eager to find the truth, we headed into the desert on a moonless night to gaze at the stars and dwell on the mysteries of Egypt. It was magical to say the least, until a few hours later someone looked around and we had a feeling one of our friends was missing. We called her name into the pitch darkness but nothing returned other than the eerie stillness of the desert night. It was the kind of darkness where you could not see your own hand, let alone another person lost in the sand. We desperately came up with a plan to separate into groups of 2 and walk around looking and feeling for our friend. We spent about an hour of very high emotional distress and thoughts going all over the place and expectations of the worst possible. We were each running the risk of getting lost ourselves, if not for a far away light that we left as a marker and a place to meet at the end of our search. Our local friend and guide who was with us walked finally to the nearest road and managed to call the hotel in Cairo only to discover that our friend was showered and in bed after having been lost, finding the road and hitchhiking to the hotel while we were busy searching for her.

That night, people of different religions, backgrounds, nationalities and ages worked together while faced with a crisis, an Arab with a German, a christian with a jew, a European with an American, all towards one purpose, the safety of another human being. Amazing how a real life situation can cause all the ‘stuff’ that does not belong to being human, to be shed away, dropped for the sake of our shared humanity. A great lesson was learned by all that night, as the deserts of the planet can do that to us.

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37 comments

  1. Good picture, Mimo, and very poignant words. Adversity does have a way of drawing very different people, even potential enemies, together. I’ve seen it too. Adrian

  2. oh! stunning atmosphere!

  3. … True lesson learned… Despite race or religion.. We all are humans- so we have that common humanity shared.

  4. What an incredibly calming post! The perfect marriage of a breathtaking pic and awesome prose!

  5. Gosh! What an adventure, terrible as it must have been. Always great to hear about people coming together for a common cause and working as one. Lovely picture of the desert as well! ^_^

  6. very powerful post and photogragh. thank you for that!

  7. that cool girl who knew when to give up and give it a rest: Next adventure, tie a rope around her waist…

  8. Would have been terrifying…love the photo!

  9. This photo I simply like because of the beauty on display. Great shot! πŸ™‚

  10. A truly beautiful story, and what an exceptional picture to go with it.

  11. What a wonderful post Mimo and the photograph is truly remarkable – my favourite to date.

  12. Thank you for your insight Memo. NICE!

  13. A wide range of thoughts here. The picture is spectacular! The emotions of the peace of the night to the frantic search for a friend … and then a touch of what humanity is all about. In other words, simply a wonderful post!

  14. What you write is so true. I love being in the desert with its simplicity, it strips everything away.

  15. Wow! What a beautiful photo and story to go along.

  16. This is a great lesson. And I think you had a rare experience there. WHat a great memory. And the image is soooooo perfect!!!! Great work.

  17. Beautifully written story. WOW! I am sure that was a night to remember. I love your message and it is so true. When it comes to being human, the other problems of the world no longer matter.

  18. What an amazing photo. The story is great too and if you want to know what I think, I came across this recently via my Tumblr blog. I don’t often use my blogs to reblog other people’s work but I did in this case. Obliquely, it complements your words I think…

    http://ayephonography.tumblr.com/post/19083990646/wolvensnothere-carnivaloftherandom

  19. Beautiful piece of writing to accompany a wonderful group of people.
    Makes me think, that there still is hope for humanity.

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