|Explore North Africa/Middle East Egypt The Desert|
Date: Saturday 16 February 2002 Setting: Degla noon, Maroush, Degla evening
A line of SaharaSafarists walking along the edges of Degla cliffs, the Degla Corneiche . They have an overall view of the valley, tracing the green bushes at the bottom of the valley, observing assumed animal trails and ancient water tracks.
Up in the hills 3 Safarists are at the entrance of a dark cave , holding a candle they just found there. Backs bent they try to see whats in there. A squeeking sound is heard and then a bat shows up further inside the cave.
At the bottom of the valley 2 Safarists are caught by the striking contrast of fragile green grass (lawn) braced by dry pale bushes in the middle of the desert.
Dozens of small yellow and viollet flowers sprouting wherever they go.
Gathered around a table in Maroush Restaurant more and more Safarists join . Cups of tea and cappochino are all around the table. Photos and books are passed around for everybody to see. Compliments, laughs and sometimes funny sharp comments are exchanged.
Name of Game: First Impressions Core Question :"What's the impression you got the first time you saw that person??"
List of some "First Impression" projected by SaharaSafarisits :
-full of energy -thinks he knows everything, and ....he really does know everything -most adventurous girl I've ever met -good eye for photography -great innocent smile -people's person -deep -not democratic -kind -interesting character -individualistic -adventurous in his own way -quiet but observative -there's more to her than what u see -great photographer -considerate -wants to share the knowledge and the fun -not yet as fully Egyptian as I thought -you didnt leave any impression behind
Back in Degla at night ....4 Safarists using a lame lighter trying to start a camp fire. And.....finally it works ...old gasoline together with wood and Kleenex make a campfire. The smell of burning wood fills the air.
10 Safarisits sit on rocks around the Campfire , pass on potato chips, biscuits and play funny and sometimes silly games laughing out loud sometimes, and listeninng attentively to deep personal expriences at other times.... till the day is over and it's time to head back home.
article published 7/3/2002