Looking back at the past year….

pyramids edited

It was a little over a year ago that my wife and I made the decision to pack up our lives in Canada and relocate to Egypt. This anniversary got me thinking about everything we’ve had the opportunity to experience in the past 12 months.

Here are just a few of the more poignant things that stick out:

  • Published my first article in a magazine.  I’ve since published a dozen articles with many more on the horizon.
  • Visited 4 of the New7Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal, The Colosseum, Petra and The Pyramids of Giza (an honorary 8th wonder)
  • Swam in the Dead Sea
  • Went for a sunset cruise on the Nile
  • Experienced 43 C weather
  • Stood in St. Peter’s Square
  • Ran a half-marathon in Cairo
  • Started my own nutrition consulting business
  • Rode a camel – in both Egypt & India
  • Became a magazine editor
  • Went sandboarding
  • Experienced a curfew
  • Ate ants
  • Went rock climbing
  • Witnessed tourist police “rough-up” a tour operator who was trying to screw us
  • Visited more churches, mosques, monasteries and temples than I can count
  • Saw snow in Egypt
  • Toured Roman ruins in 5 countries
  • Saw King Tut’s tomb
  • Wandered the streets of Venice
  • Learned to read, write & speak Arabic (albeit quite poorly!)
  • Witnessed the cremation of human bodies on the banks of the Ganges River
  • Went snorkeling in the Rea Sea
  • Saw the largest man-made lake in the world (Lake Nassar)
  • Camped in the Sahara Desert
  • Had tea with a Bedouin
  • Admired the Statue of David
  • Was woken up by a bomb
  • Toured a spice farm
  • Sampled koshary, napoli pizza, shawarma, gyros, gelato, falafel and butter chicken – all from their countries of origin
  • Rode an overnight sleeper train in India

It’s been a pretty incredible ride.  When you compress everything we’ve done (or had done to us!) into a list like this it somehow makes it all seem that much more amazing.  I count myself pretty lucky as many people don’t get to experience this much in a lifetime.  Here’s looking forward to year two, where we already have plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, do a safari on the Serengeti, continue touring Egypt and host our first visitors!

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