Aswan and the Temple of Edfu

We awoke the next morning finding that we’d sailed south from Luxor to Aswan and our first outing of the day was a horse cart ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. I got a chuckle as Horus is the falcon headed god of the sky, which reminded me of Folsom Lake College. The …

Valley of the Kings

Our visit in Luxor concluded with a visit to the incredible Valley of the Kings.  To date, they’ve unearthed 64 tombs of the pharaohs (including the very famous boy pharaoh, Tutankhamen (aka Steve Martin’s “King Tut”) who ruled from age 9 to 18.  He’s considered a minor pharaoh in Eqypt, famous only because his is …

Hot Air Ballooning

Tuesday morning brought a stunning adventure, a hot air balloon ride across ruined temples and vast expanses of desert.  We floated high in the sky over temples and excavations, and dropped down to glide across the tops of fields of sugar cane.     And this young boy was insistent in getting money from us, …

Galloping through the Bazaar

We were almost tempted to cancel an evening buggy ride through the city of Luxor as it had been a long day, but so glad we didn’t  as we got outside the tourist areas to see where the locals live.   We clip clopped through the city, hooves beating a rhythmic rat a tat tat …

Welcome to Egypt!

Greetings from Luxor, Eqypt, home of the Valley of the Kings!  We arrived safely in Cairo late Sunday evening and very early Monday morning flew south to Luxor to begin our four-day cruise up the Nile River to Aswan. An already short night was made even shorter as Steve (and by association, me) set his …

Trip Draws to a Close, a Visit to Nan Madol

The visit concluded on Thursday afternoon and the team was able to do a bit of sightseeing before flying out Friday morning.  We visited Nan Madol, an abandoned ancient city made of basalt and coral, and a beautiful waterfall. Nan Madol’s origins are unclear, but locals believe it served as a home to 1,000s on …

Oh Happy Day!

After almost a week in Yap, sans luggage, I headed to Pohnpei to meet up with the accreditation team at the National Campus on the island of Pohnpei. Tough trip as I left my Yap hotel at 1:15 am, flying all night and arriving in Guam at 5 am. But hallelujah! I got my suitcase! …

Dancing in the Village

After the morning with James, I had yet another special opportunity. I got to experience traditional dancing in one of the local villages, thanks to one of the deans at the COM-FSM.  Her young daughter was dancing that day, and she’d thought I’d enjoy it.  I did. A lot. In the villages, everyone dances. Everyone.  If …

Traditional Dancing in Colonia

Saturday continued with sensory overload as traditional dancers performed in the town of Colonia.  Beautifully adorned dancers of all ages, danced and sang to rhythms centuries old. Their costumes are made entirely from plants, dyed in beautiful rich tones.  And most were made by their mothers!   hhh

Sunrise and Sprinkles

  Saturday brought my final day in Yap and I planned to take full advantage. On the docket were a sunrise shoot, traditional dancing, and maybe even a sunset shoot before heading out the airport at 1:15 am (that’s not a typo) to catch my flight to Pohnpei. Late Friday night, I asked the front …