(For a few days anyway).
It wouldn’t be my first trip to Egypt, as the department took us there on an “art” trip a couple of years ago. Naturally, the trip was bucketloads of fun (of course, how can you not have fun when you’re going with friends?), and I fell absolutely and hopelessly in love with how culturally rich the country is (and horribly terrified of how polluted and crowded it is).
I wasn’t amused by the country’s claim to fame as the Pharaohic stuff didn’t do it for me; I actually thought they were as dull as their description in art books, “characterized by flatness, lifelessness, and grandiosity”. What really tickled my senses were the religious art and the contemporary art of Egypt (man, Mahmood Mukhtar is awesome).
It is worth mentioning that some of the closest moments I have ever felt to God (rephrase: one of the most spiritual moments of my life) was in the grand mosques of Egypt (I think other my other two moments of spirituality were in the Haram of Mekkah and the Ummayyad Mosque of Damascus). My God. It is impossible to not let out a gasp of amazement when you enter the Mosque of Sultan Hasan.
This visit should have a completely different flavor though as it has nothing to do with the first love of my life, art, but rather, with late-comers in the list of loves of my life- activism and blogging. Joining me on the trip is Amino, Sandmonkey, and I suppose other bloggers that I am still not aware of.
I doubt I will blog as I don’t think I will have computer access, but if you can fill up your time with instead checking my new cool links page, or perhaps by reading Nox magazine.