Smiles


A new challenge by Sally this month was to choose our own theme.  I chose smiles because that is my favorite thing to do and to see.  In every country that I have been blessed enough to visit I have found favorite smiles.  I sort of collect them.  When I feel down or angry, I can look back on some of my favorite smiles.  If you look past through my posts, you can see all of my favorite smiles so far.  Smiles from family.  Smiles from old friends.  Smiles from new friends.  I have found people who just look angry and annoyed and yet when I smile at them, they almost always smile back.  Sure there are those that do not.  But in my experience, for the most part they usually do.  I hope you enjoy my most recent collection of smiles from Egypt.

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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From my last post. One of my favorite most recent smiles. My driver to the airport who got a call during the ride letting him know that his wife just had a baby boy. They had been waiting 5 years for this news.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa

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On a visit to the Egyptian Museum, these adorable young kids visiting the museum asked if they could take their picture with me.  I in turn asked if i could take my picture with them.  I LOVE this picture and love that they wanted to take their picture with me.  How fun is this.

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. Henri Nouwen

A person is just a person.  A job is just a job.  We do not know why someone looks angry (Resting bitch face?  Maybe?) or sad (Really actually sad and alone?).  We will never know why unless we engage.  Maybe you will get a positive response or possibly just an angry grunt.  You will never know unless you engage.  Every single sad or angry looking face I encountered above eventually smiled.  Maybe I just wore them down, I don’t know.  But engagement brought life to the face.  To theirs and mine as well.

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. Tom Wilson

The tour we went on introduced me to a bunch of new smiles that still make me happy to look back on and remember.  What a great trip. Still smiling from the fun.

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The Dark side of Egypt – Gobble..gobble


What to do for Thanksgiving?  Hmm… Family is far away, no one is visiting me, feeling a little sorry for myself and BOOOOOM.. a very good friend of my and a great travel companion tells me she is going to Egypt to visit some friends for Thanksgiving.  I do a little groveling, sobbing, and not so subtle hinting that I have NOTHING TO DO FOR THANKSGIVING!!!  Lo and behold.. she takes the hint and I’m packing for Egypt.  Yahoo..

It was an amazing 7 day trip, packed full of trips and tours, amazing people and amazing food.   I would so encourage people to attempt this journey at some point in their life.  We used a company called Memphis Tours but there were so many to choose from and all the people on all of the tours seemed to be having a good time.  Right now is the time to go as well.  The travel warning has been lifted, the people are friendly and super easy to please and the sights are beyond amazing.

So for my first installment, I present to you, the dark side of egypt – –

Luxor Temple at night

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Luxor Temple was built around 1400 BC.  It is an ancient temple complex that is on the east  bank of the Nile River.  This temple was beautiful and super inspiring.  It was where one of the most important religious festivals in Egypt where (statues or Gods..still a little confused on this point) traveled from Karnak to Luxor.  There was a lot more info about cults, shrines, royal Ka’s, symbolism and Kings that I sort of missed.. but you can google that if you are interested.

Then there was the Nile cruise on the Minerva (boat) from Aswan to Luxor and stops along the way.  The cabin crew were phenomenal.  Every single time we came back to our room, there was a new animal either hanging from the ceiling or resting on our bed.  It is true that we did not have a single towel in our bathroom the entire cruise.. but they were easily accessible in their natural habitat on our beds.  Amazing service and such a fun time.  Not to mention the beautiful scenery along the way.  Think of it as a bus tour by boat.  Even had massages available on the top deck.  I would highly encourage people to book their trips now!!!

 

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Having a nice cabin with beautiful views from hot spot to hot spot was so much nicer than busing it.

A night market – horse cart through a market only wide enough to walk through.  Also a few dark pyramids that we got to crawl through.

A hot air balloon ride that started in the dark and flew over Valley of the Kings..

and … and… finally… Gobble Gobble doesn’t always mean turkey around a candle lit table.. though sometimes it does.

Last but not least, and possibly my favorite photo.

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It was 445 in the morning, this is a picture of a wonderful Egyptian man who was tasked with driving me from the hotel to the airport on my last day in Egypt.  As we were driving to the airport, his phone rang.  He answered it and then started wiping his eyes.  He looked at me through the rear view mirror and with tears streaming down his face said, “My wife just had a baby boy.  We have been waiting for many years and God has finally been willing.”  I asked him why he was driving me to the airport when his wife was having a baby and he simply said, “We have to work.”

As he dropped me off, he asked if he could take his photo with me because i was the first person who received this news… well of course.  It was super touching.  Great way to end this trip.  Happy Thanksgiving all.

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An Open Letter To Donald Trump From Some Angry Women.


I have not been saying much here.. why start now… when this pretty much says it all.

Drifting Through My Open Mind

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Dear Mr. Trump… can I call you Mr. Trump? Is that ok? I want you to be happy, that’s very important to me.

Before I get started, let me say this letter isn’t from all women. The Trumpettes surely won’t approve of this message. But this is from most women.

We see right through you. We have all known you at some point. Your ways are not unfamiliar to us. We see through you because we’ve been dealing with you our whole lives.

We heard you call women pigs. And disgusting. And stupid. And bimbos.

We watched as you called a former Ms. Universe “Ms. Piggy” and then spent four days continuing to insult her.

We see your weakness. Your lust for attention at any cost, your need to denigrate women. We see all of it. And we’re mad.

Yes. We’re mad. And fired up. And here’s the thing about us……

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Getting to the fashion …


Life’s too short to wear boring clothes – Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

Life IS too short to wear boring clothes, but sometimes it takes a little more effort to get what you want.  It is one of my favorite parts of being in Nigeria.  From a traditional Nigerian look to rocking the 70s, the 80s, the 90s and even the current New York Fashion trends of today.  It all starts here.. or at least in places like this.  Come take a walk with me.. if you can get through the alleys, the trucks, the food stalls, and the other vendors.

Just  because you work in the fashion industry, it doesn’t mean you live your life in fashion. – Phillip Lim

My guess is my tailor is going to get overwhelmed with how much I am enjoying this journey towards fashion.  It has been a great way to meet local people and (I hope) bond with the folks I work with.  The style is energetic, frenetic, bright, vivacious, and at times, it appears that it just don’t give a shit.  Which is something I really like about the style here.  I hope you like the view and looking forward to sharing more.
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One thing I love about being here is our Friday traditional dress day!  The details that these tailors put into their clothes are amazing.  The buttons are covered with fabric, they stitch every single bead into an outfit, and add cute little doodads to every part they can.  It has been great fun to just give someone some material and say.. make what you will.  It’s quite the adventure.

So colorful, so bright, so fun.  The clothes match the personality of the folks here.  You gotta love it.  I have almost two more years of Fridays.  Looking forward to each one!

It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to.  –  Pink

 

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