Hurghada, Egypt

A day in the life of an American in Hurghada, Egypt. Friday is a holy day for Muslims, so today many things were closed for a few hours and lots of men were wearing their white sheet robes and hats. I could hear something exciting going on a few streets over so I went...

Valley of the Kings

I quickly stuffed my small Nikon camera back into my front pocket when the angry voice reverberated off the stone walls around me. My friend had just gotten busted taking pictures of the walls inside one of the tombs, and now the Bedouin man that “guards”...

Cairo to Luxor

I glanced up from my book and I was looking down the muzzle of an assault rifle. I was sitting in the Ramses station in Cairo, bored out of my skull as I had arrived 3 hours early. I did not want to take any chances in missing the last train out of Cairo tonight. My...

Countdown for Luxor

A wave of relief spread over my body. 73 Egyptian pounds (about $13) produced my ticket for the night train out of this city. Many will say that I did not give Cairo a chance, but it is just not what I am looking for. 3 days here in the crowded and polluted downtown...

Pyramids of Giza

They say that when you are about to die your whole life flashes before your eyes. However, over the last 10 years of adventure, every time I knew for sure that I was finished, I had a different experience. One single important event from the past would pop into my...

Diving Disaster on the Thistlegorm

I haven’t even found the pyramids yet, and today I already seem to have an evil-eye curse above my hut that would make the nastiest of mummies jealous. As mentioned below, I went on my live-aboard, 90-euro, three-dive extravaganza of the SS Thistlegorm outside,...