A loong cycling journey from Brooklyn to Jorusalom, where the O’s are bicycle wheels, continued into Egypt, 1st to the climate conference COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, on to the pyramids in Giza, Abusir and Saqqara and then up the Nile soourcewards.

Eid Mubarak. The singing in the mosque starts early, with many voices. Celebration of the end of fast. Mohammed means ‘praiseworthy’,* it is repeated time after time.


In the streets children enjoying free time. Quite a few boys with toy machine guns 😦

*Arabic given male name literally meaning ‘Praiseworthy’. The name comes from the passive participle of the Arabic verb ḥammada (حَمَّدَ), meaning ‘to praise’, which itself comes from the triconsonantal Semitic root Ḥ-M-D. Believed to be the most popular name in the world, by 2014 it was estimated to have been given to 150 million men and boys. Source: wikipedia

Mohamed, Mahmoud, Ahmed are all variations and many, many men carry this name.

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