Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
32Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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Stoned me just like jelly roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin home
And it stoned me"
- And it Stoned Me, Van Morrison
At Aspen Highlands in Colorado's high country, there lives the coveted Epic Flag
The EPIC flag denotes ideal winter conditions when the stars have aligned - light, fluffy snow falls in copious amounts, the weather is crisp, and conditions are safe - it's an overnight gift to skiers and riders. If used correctly, the flag is only seen a handful of times a season, so you know it's the real deal, keeping it special, and worth coming out for.
Well, I am flying my EPIC flag today. My six-week trip to Morocco, Egypt and Jordan exceeded all my expectations and was truly, epic.
Morocco moved me in unexpected ways. Egypt played with my sense of time, patients and commitment. And Jordan offered up a site I had only dreamed about. All of these countries put forwarded sincere hospitality, helping hands, tasty food, high mountains and sandy beaches, security and an education. It will live with me for a very long time.
I leave there with such a warm regard for their people, culture, landscape, religions, and attitudes
Trip By the Numbers
38 - Days out there
9 - Plane rides
5 - Train rides
12 - Beds slept in
2 - Nights under the stars
6 - Mornings up before 5am
20 - Cities explored
4 & 6 - Guides & tour ops
8 - UNESCO World Heritage sites visited
175 - Call to prayers heard
3 - Cooking lessons
3,282 - Photos saved
32 - Blog entries
3 - New passport stamps
1 - Bucket list accomplishment
Countless - Phone numbers collected
Thank you so much for following me while I was out there
And a HUGE shout-out to my dear friend, Mary, who made the last two weeks the best they could be. No one could ask for a better traveling buddy. We hiked and snorkeled and ate and occasionally slept; we laughed until we cried sometimes. "Akhmed, will the snack bars still be open on the way up?" That will never get old. I love you sister.
If anyone wants to travel there, please let me know. I had the best guides and guardian angels watching over me, ensuring I was happy. I have no doubt I will return one day.
Inshallah. Xo KR
PS Next up: Another volunteer month in Costa Rica between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"When you hear that engine, when you hear that engine drone
I'm on the road again, and I'm searching for the philosophers stone
It's a hard road, even my best friends, they don't know
And I'm searching for, searching for the philosopher's stone"
- The Philosopher's Stone, Van Morrison
Best of the Pics: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=300395&id=633950714&l=2cabbbd340