Africa

Jammin thru the Global South

Egypt, Part 1: Alexandria’s Port and Intro

May 7, 2011I arrived on the African continent by my preferred way of entering new continents: by sea. I love the notion of having to cross water bodies in order to arrive in a new land. There is something romantic about that, harking back to the original explorers in our past. And I guess it’s…

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Egypt, Part 2: Alexandria the City and Ride to Cairo

May 8 – 10, 2011I only spent 2 days in Alexandria as I had to get to Cairo quickly to sort out my visa for Sudan, which was reputed to be quite complicated. Plus, the Egyptian immigration officials only gave me a 72 hour transit visa compared to one month for the Dutch boys; talk…

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Egypt, Part 3: Cairo, City of Many Faces

May 10 – 15, 2011Cairo, known as al-Qahira in Arabic, is not only the capital of Egypt, but is considered the center of all Arabic politics and culture. That’s partly due to its long existence (since the 10th century) and also due to its massive size. It’s the largest metropolitan area in Africa and with…

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Egypt, Part 4: Al Tanoura Spinning Sufis

16 May 2011My host in Cairo, Fabrice, told me about this cultural show that was a must see before leaving the city. It was put on by the Al Tanoura Dance Troupe and consists of men spinning around in big skirts. If I lost you with that description, I urge you to reconsider and try…

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Egypt, Part 5: Islamic Cairo at Night

16 May 2011After the evening show of the spinning Sufis of al-Tanoura, Cody and I met up with a friendly local, Mohsen, who wanted to show us around Islamic Cairo at night. Armed with my SLR camera, we walked back in time and experienced a Cairo that probably hasn’t changed much in a couple centuries.This…

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Egypt, Part 6: Bike Maintenance in Cairo

17 – 20 May 2011Since my windshield got broken by the customs agents in Alexandria, I headed to Mohammed Anwar’s bike shop (GPS: N30 01.289, E31 13.825) in Cairo for a solution. His reputation is well-established in the Africa overland community as he’s helped many a bike traveler with small to large issues. I spent…

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Egypt, Part 7: Dune Bashing in the Sahara

21 May 2011During my stay in Cairo, I had a wonderful chance encounter with a traveler I met in Argentina, Ava, and her CouchSurfing host, Bisso, who has a passion for desert rallies. He was heading out into the Qattaniya Dunes outside the city for the last part in a rally driving course on how…

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Video: Jammin thru Egypt | Dune Bashing in the Sahara

21 May 2011A day spent playing in the Qattaniya Dunes, about 80kms outside of Cairo. Driver Bisso took Ava and I for his desert rally driving course. Super fun to be charging up a steep dune and then cresting it and sliding down the other side.Set to some Rodrigo y Gabriela. Enjoy…Click here for more…

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Egypt, Part 8: The Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx

24 May 2011 At the end of my two weeks in Cairo, it was finally time to see Egypt’s grandest attraction, the Pyramids of Giza. I spent a couple hours at the Giza Necropolis (the Pyramid Complex) and besides the ancient wonders on display, I took in all the geometrical shapes that my mechanical side…

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Egypt, Part 9: The Oasis of Bahariya

26 – 27 May 2011After more than two weeks in Cairo, I was looking forward to getting back on sanDRina and heading south. I enjoyed my time in the hectic city, but the open space of the desert was calling. There are multiple routes heading south from Cairo: one follows the Red Sea coast, another…

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Egypt, Part 10: Camping out in the White Desert

28 – 29 May 2011An area of surrealistic limestone sculptures in the Sahara that’s safe to camp at night. I’m there. On par with the remote magnificence of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Egypt’s White Desert was a destination I was highly looking forward to. Especially to experience once again camping out in the…

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Egypt, Part 11: The Oasis of Kharga and Roman Ruins

29 – 30 May 2011 After a wonderful night of camping in the White Desert, I traversed a big chunk of the Oasis Route going through the oases of Farafra, Dakhla and into Kharga, the biggest oasis in Egypt. Kharga and the others oases have been focal points for caravan routes since time immemorial and…

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Egypt, Part 12: Across the Desert into Present-Day Luxor

31 May – 4 June 2011After my visit in Kharga, I had one last section of the Oasis Route through the desert to cover before coming back to the Nile in Luxor. The city is famous for its Ancient Egyptian wonders on display, but that’s for the next segment. This photostory documents my time spent…

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Egypt, Part 13: The Magnificent Egyptology of Ancient Luxor

2 -3 June 2011The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and the grand civilization that they ruled over are famous throughout the world. My tour through Egypt let me see the different sides of this modern country. However, its well-preserved ancient past is what adds magnificence to this land. In and around the present-day city of Luxor…

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Egypt, Part 14: Aswan, End of the Road in Egypt

4 – 5 June 2011After a solid month in Egypt, my time here was coming to an end as I journeyed the last leg southwards to Aswan. Filled with Egyptian cultural visits, I was now focused on a tricky bit of traveling, namely the ferry ride from Aswan to Wadi Halfa in Sudan. My time…

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