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Cairo (outskirts), Egypt

I took this picture last weekend.

I did not finish review of my trip to Jordan yet and here I am posting a new pic from Egypt. I decided to do so mostly because of how great this particular spot is… extremely undermarketed in my opinion, with such a great potential to attract tourists.

I hiked for a good few hours around the gorge (more so a full blast canyon) and left the place mesmerized. It reminded me so much of my recent trip to Jordan.

It is a good time to hike in Egypt, this is the proper time of the year (low 20C). Honestly speaking I was underprepped for this hike, initially I thought we will enter the site with a car, do small run around and head back. Again I had very little idea about this site.

Nevertheless, the day turned out to be a great adventure. I will certainly return there at some point to explore more.

The only one downside for hiking down the valley are the cars that are allowed inside the protectorate as not all drives keep a reasonable speed while passing by hikers (one would wonder why?!). Another issue with the motorised visitors is the amount of trash left behind. Extremely upsetting view.

#dontforgetyourtrash

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Petra, Jordan

Interesting thing about Petra, especially for those underinformed (like myblissfullself), it’s huge (!!!) and truly amazing!

There is so much more to see beyond the iconic canyon trail and carved in the sandstone wall the magnificent temple that greats visitors after crossing the 2 km long canyon. I guess it all comes to my lack of research (to avoid spoilers of such) before travels. You should see my face when I realized that it’s not over… there’s more to walk (climb) and to see. I was happy and wanted more of ‘Petra experience’.

Petra itself is one of those rear sites that keep on surprising you as a visitor. Every step of the way seems to provide better, bigger experiences a true feast for one’s eyesight. And at the end of the day it’s not overwhelming, more a thought provoking than anything else… how is it all possible, how come, what!?!

It took us 7h to walk around, (treacherous) climb 1200 stairs to see an amazing monastery (counted on the way down ๐Ÿ™‚ ), we’ve seen number of amazing things. I understand why there is an option to purchase a 2/3 day passes and I certainly recommend a longer stay in Petra. The entrance it self was quite expensive as tagged at 50 dinar (approx 75 USD), with kids free entry. Now I can say, it was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ (always a good thing to say after spending X amount of momey).

Speaking of kids, that was a common sight to see kids riding donkeys (offered rides too). I’m not going to describe the situation that I tried to capture, don’t want the narrative to influence Your first impression…

I enjoyed Petra. It’s on my list of top 3 places to visit (maybe even revisit, there is so much to see there).

More pictures, of actual Petra, coming soon.

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The Philippines… great place, great people, where the spectacle of life displayed on every block, every corner is unusually intense and entertaining to all people watchers.

The Phillipines, hopefully the place I return to again.

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Every day life on the outskirts of Cape Town. Morning hours in Kalk Bay’s small port. Fishermen slowly roll back with their daily catch. Local fishing enthusiasts set their rods in hopes for a glorious day…

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