Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

Everything about this stay in Sinai, Egypt, was warm.

The Berber tents under which I shared mint tea and fresh apricots, the sunny weather, the local Sheikh’s family. The Berber camp I visited twice, once on my day of arrival when I followed the Sheikh’s son when he did his rounds and second on the way down after making it to the Mount Katherine summit. The family didn’t speak any English, but recognized me and my weary expression, invited me for some tea and a break before getting back to town.

I ran into issues starting my climb up the Mount Katherine, being prohibited despite having a local guide. The Sheikh took enormous personal offence and apparently raked the local police over coals.. in the environment of the American police and racial tensions, this memory serves as an amusing contrast. And, yes, I was able to climb the following day.
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Mobile phone camera shot #1

Courtesy of Black Friday, I am finally a smartphone owner.

By the way, if you are wondering how I’ve managed so long without: it was incredibly easy. If I ever needed anything, I just asked someone else to whip out their smartphone to look up information for me.

And I’m still thumbing my way around. Too many things! Where is the darn instruction booklet.. even though I never read instructions. Wait.. how much data am I blowing through?

But the real test came tonight, when the view was too good to pass, but the temperature too cold to fumble in my backpack for my ever present point-and-shoot.

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Not bad, eh?

I won’t be giving up toting the serious cameras around just yet, though. And, geez, louise, it was freezing waiting for the camera to focus.

Even figuring how to load the photo was an experience.