January 8, 2000 and Rainbow Planet arrives in Cairo, Egypt
after a week in Nigeria where I presented workshops and concerts
in Lagos and Abuja.
This is my first visit to the African contenent, very exciting!
Cairo is such a fascinating city and the giant pyramids of
Giza are on the outskirts of the city. My first view of them
takes my breath away. The Sphynx is really quite small compared
to the great pyramids.
Going for a camel ride around the back of the ancient is a
thrill! You climb on the camel when he's sitting down with
his legs folded under him, and when he gets up...... you're
moving all sorts of ways and you're holding on for dear life!
Then in a matter of seconds I'm transported to ancient Egypt
in a beautiful desert on a sun-shiny day. Heart be still! My
camel's name is Moses and he has very nice manners.
It was great fun to explore the old market in Cairo where
my partner Janice and I met some very interesting folks and
shopped for gallabias, which is what both women and men wear
in Egypt, very comfortable!
While in Cairo I gave workshops at the British International
School and the Cairo American College which is the American
International School. The kids wrote some wonderful poems which
I helped make into songs. The last day at CAC we had two family
concerts in a giant Arabian tent. What fun!!!
The next day we flew to Aswan where we
began an incredible Nile cruise! The boat would stop every
day at a different little town. We would hop off the boat
and explore with our guide, whose name was "Magic".
We explored ancient buildings, temples and memorials. One
of them called Abu Simbel was moved from its original location
to another place 200 feet higher because of a giant dam that
was built in the 1970s. The ancient Egyptians were such amazing
artists and builders. If you ever get the opportunity to
visit Egypt you won't be disappointed.