“As the first leg of the fellowship draws to a close, I find myself reflecting back on the indelible impressions that have been left on me thus far: the warm welcome of the Egyptian fellows, lively conversation about everything from politics to football. The beauty of this country; the stark desert palette rushing past the bus windows, the kinetic liveliness of Cairo, the blinking multicolored lights strung from minarets. The beauty of the corniche in Alexandria, gazing out over the sea. The surprisingly lush greenery along the Nile, and the farmers working their land in much the same way as they have for generations. And of course the awe inspiring archaeological sites; the stunning beauty of the persevered paint on the tombs of the nobles, relating tales of industry and conquest from 3000 years ago. I am looking forward to unpacking this experience over the coming weeks as work in our action projects begins, and I feel a deep gratitude for the opportunities that I have been presented with on the fellowship.”
Jeff Walls, Gabr Fellow. June 17th 2013

4th February 2016