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Veterans Day - Today and All Those Years Ago

Veterans Day, all those many years ago, I was in Egypt. I had run out of money. So I sent my father a desperate email from the cyber cafe, after I had a big glass of juice at the Hilton café (no ice, as ice is almost impossible to find in Egypt).

Cairo: Without Reservations

Hathor is the daughter of the sun god, Ra, the goddess of joy and love, and the protector of women and travelers. She is depicted wearing cow horns, between which sits the solar disk. She also wears a manait, the symbol of joy and pleasure.

I actually thought I had reservations when I arrived, tired and alone, in Egypt. Four nights at the swanky Nile Hilton and from there, I would figure out my trip as I went. It was not to be that simple.

Finally, finally, at 9:30 at night, after five flights, a proposition in Greece by a traveling salesman, a scam in the Cairo airport, and a van ride into the city that scared the living shit out of me, I stood at the reservation counter at the Nile Hilton.

Egypt Calls A Woman

ThothThothThoth is the god of words and numbers and the patron of scribes. He presides over the heart ceremony during burial rituals—where one's heart is weighed against the feather of truth to determine the weight of its sins. Thoth records the final verdict: whether the soul will ascend to eternity or be devoured by the waiting beast, Aman.

I was the most unlikely woman in Egypt in the winter of 1999. Unlikely, unprepared, and underfunded. I didn't even have a hotel room when I arrived. The frenzied city of Cairo hit me like a jackhammer.

With ten places I had to see, two weeks of time, and not enough money to spend, I would call on Egypt. In her turn – with her demands and her offerings – Egypt would call on me.

New Website Launched for EcoTourists

KMC Media Co. announces the launch of the Northwest Road Tripper - a website for travelers and recreationalists interested in authentic, environmental, cultural, and low impact experiences.

EcoTourism – also known as green travel or sustainable tourism – attempts to make a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on local cultures, while helping to generate future employment for local people. The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development brings a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and the tourists themselves.

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