Join me this summer in Jolly Old England!

It would be a bit of an understatement to say I’m thrilled that I’ve been asked to sing at the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge this summer , July 26- Aug. 3, 2011…

Day One / Flight and First Impression / Cairo

The Nile River – taken from my hotel room. First impression flying over the Nile delta and toward Cairo is the absolute enormity of the city. It took half an hour to fly over it to get to the airport. There, we were met by a rather striking man, both in features and in demeanor, […]

Day 2 / Pyramids and Old Cairo

Great Pyramid at Giza Woke up this morning at 7am and by 8 had eaten breakfast, met our guide Magda, and were crossing the city to Giza to visit the three most famous of the 118 known pyramids in Egypt. First, let me correct last night’s description of Cairo. It is perhaps a bit more […]

Day Three – Luxor

The Nile from my hotel room window in Luxor I’m going to try to be quick here cause it was a long hot day and I’m up again early in the morning. So I may leave out a detail or two for now and come back and fill in later. Rikk and I flew out […]

Day 4 / Back to Cairo

This will be very brief. We saw another amazing temple this morning before catching a flight back to Cairo where we were immediately taken to the Egyptian Museum for the rest of the afternoon. We saw, among other things, the contents of Tutankhamen’s Tomb. To see this stuff is overwhelming. Of course we weren’t allowed […]

Day 5 / The Sinai Penninsula

Gulf of Aqaba It’s 6am and I’m sitting on my hotel balcony, drinking my morning ‘Nescafe’, and looking across the Gulf of Aqaba at the mountains of Jordan. But for the Nescafe, this could be a perfect moment. To the north east I can see the shores of Israel; to the south, Saudi Arabia. And […]

Day 6 / Hello Israel

Flowers outside my room. This morning was the one chance to sleep in – and of course I woke up shortly after 5 am. Sigh… But it was a great am with the sun bathing my balcony so I just relaxed there reading ‘till about 10 when I met Rikk for a quick breakfast before […]

Day 7 / Jordan Valley

Looking behind at the Dead Sea as we head west (up) from the Jordan Valley We rose early again this morning and were on the road by 7:30. Very hot today. In the morning it was already in the high 30’s and rose to around 45C by mid-afternoon. We first traveled inland toward Tel Arad, […]

Day 8 / The Galilee and Golan Heights

Tiberius When one thinks of a sea, it is usually of a fairly large body of water. As with all things in this land you must think so much smaller than we do from our expansive plains at home. The Sea of Galilee is more like a lake, and when you stand on the north […]