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.
Only very slowly do i proceed in this amazing book opening the boxes of Arabic poetry and life in a country divided clair-obscur like the human soul.
Yesterday walking along the shore. Occasionally groups of people sitting, young children playing in the sea. A group of four boys follows me at a certain point. They want to talk their English, i want to walk. Then i am suddenly hit with a big thump from behind between my head and neck. I fall to the beach. It is a big piece of wood, 30 centimeter long, 10 cm thick that one of them has thrown at me with full force. I am lucky it has not hit any bone or made damage. I rise, the boys are admonished by me and by a few fishermen. I shake my head in disbelief.
On the way back the boys want to approach me again. I tell them to beat it. Slight headbanger left.
As the drainage pipes have been laid, a new machine has come to flatten the road again.
The neighborhood is new. Digging for pipelines.
It was probably a luxurious outskirts of Alexandria with villas along the coast. Now it is stuffed with new and mostly still unoccupied apartment buildings.
I am told it was home to ministers and senior journalists, such as the head of the largest press institution in Egypt. They moved 100 km West about 10 years ago.
I almost went to Sudan to follow the Nile to Ethiopia. At the beginning of April and again on April 13th. Something kept me back. In Aswan i acquired with black market (banks and money changing stores have no $)- obligatory for payment – 150 dollars a 2 months visum. Theoretically i could still go. I did not have the impulse. Also my Arabic is medium rare.
A loong cycling journey, from the original BrOOklyn to far away JOrusalOm. Where capital O’s are wheels. Started 26 July 2021; numbers are number of days en rOute; now onward to COP27, and further in Egypt