December 28th, 2012
I woke up with engorged eyes, buffed knee, and a horrible feeling in my gut. Belal had already advised me that I shouldn’t tell them back home (namely mom and Khaled) about my knee, when I called mom this morning to say hello, she kept asking about who fell because she could “sense” something was […]
December 26th, 2012
If there’s one regret I have in this entire trip, it’s not being able to walk the last 10 steps of the hike! I was really looking forward to that feeling: “The Accomplishment”. Feeling that I did it, I finished the whole hike. All the pain, agony and trouble finally finished and done, what’s left […]
December 21st, 2012
Just as I expected… waking up to sunrise on the mountains in our room was priceless. I was riveted for a whole 20 minutes watching the changing colors of the dawn while propped up on the bed snuggling in my orange sleeping bag, wishing that I had a hot cup of anything, surrounded by the soft breathing […]
December 21st, 2012
I got up very early from bed, even before 5 am, there was a lot of commotion outside and people talking, laughing and shouting. Once out, I saw over 30 people (some in shorts and tank tops, majority in very light clothing) warming up and stretching. As I was told by Eric & Julian from […]
December 19th, 2012
“Oh Sh*t, get up” I thought as vision returned, Belal, Maha & Dr. Ramzi faces slowly coming into focus as if fading in from a whole white screen. “Get up, get up get up” urged my inner voice as I tried to get up mumbling I’m OK while they insisted that I keep laying down. […]
December 10th, 2012
DAY 8 still: Through paper thin walls you could hear the hushed conversations in the late night three rooms down in each side. In the most distant room, Belal is reading Quran. Although I can’t make which Soura it is, but the mere lilt of tajweed soothes my soul and calms my nerves. I haven’t heard Quran […]
December 10th, 2012
This entry has been modified from the original diary that was written during the trip. You’d wonder, does it take a week to see through who people really are, or is it the accident with Muna that forced some to shed the filter they used for their words and actions before they are out? Or […]
November 29th, 2012
Despite the cold morning, everyone is up and about early, hanging around chatting, chasing chicken, or just basking in the morning sun trying to catch some warmth. It is without a doubt the coldest night to day (later, there were much much colder nights). I would imagine this to be in a Scandinavian country: green meadows […]
November 24th, 2012
This is a day that I will look back at, and wish to relive again and again. There’s nothing superlative about the day, wasn’t the most difficult, wasn’t the easiest, wasn’t the most fun I’ve had, nor the happiest nor the saddest. It was just the day that I would chose to relive if I […]
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November 20th, 2012
I woke up around 5 am, it was still dark outside, cold, and the warmth of the sleeping was way too enticing to let go of. Other than a distant rooster, and the snoring of a close by tired trekker, there wasn’t a sound to be heard. I felt that my breathing is too loud […]