Earlier this week, I was encouraged to post some pictures of Egypt (thanks, Dowser and Michael).
It seemed timely, given the images we've been seeing over the last 17 days. In contrast to the protests and violence, I wanted to show a different kind of Egypt - the one I came to know by actually visiting the country many times, and making so many friends.
I hoped to write about my wonderful experiences with these friendly and fascinating people. I wanted to show how they work and live.
Above all, I wanted to share the magic of this place. I didn't intend to post my best pictures, or the incredible treasures of this country. Instead, I wanted to show faces and special memories - faces of friends and faces of stangers, but all faces of Egypt.
The events of today leave me disheartened. I don't have the words.
These pictures will have to speak for themselves.
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Update: The original title of this piece was 'An Homage to the People...' As of 10:30 this morning, it deserves a new title.