“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I will not caption the photos like I do on my “PHOTO ROUND UP” with my thoughts. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me. I have also numbered them in case you want to leave a comment about a specific photo.
As much as I love Tahrir Sq. I had been avoiding it the last few days. The tension was building as they continued to postpone the announcement of the first leader in Egypt’s history to win a democratic election. They finally announced that Sunday the 24th of June 2012 would be the day. My Egyptian friends and I were glued to the TV set. The images of Tahrir Sq were breath taking. I couldn’t believe I was just a 30 minute walk from there, but chose not to go because I knew if they had announce Shafik the winner things would have turned ugly. Instead we waited and waited and finally it was announced “The final results are Shafik got 48% of the votes and Morsi got 52% making him the winner”. We couldn’t believe it and moments later we heard the cheers coming from the streets along with many honks and even fireworks. It was a historical moment in Egypt’s history. The images of Tahrir Sq. on the TV set were amazing. It was filled with celebration. I immediately told my boyfriend that I wanted to vist Tahrir Sq. we agreed to eat first and then go.
MORSI… MORSI… MORSI – BEEP BEEP… BEEP BEEP BEEP, were the sounds we heard as we walked to Tahrir Sq. People waving flags and waving their hands in the air everyone with a smile and cheering. When we arrived to Tahrir Sq. we went through 3 pat downs set up by regular citizens to make sure no weapons are smuggled into the Sq. I looked up after the pat downs and couldn’t believe Tahrir Sq. was jam packed crowded with people. I had NEVER seen the Sq. like this. Not even during the one year anniversary of the revolution. I was in a state of shock… I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that last Sunday I went with my boyfriend to vote and today I was there celebrating. I kept telling him “your vote counted”. The feeling I felt was like no other. I mean you are there, you are witnessing the hard work of a 16 month old revolution. I don’t even know how to describe how it felt. If I had to use one word I would say ELECTRIFYING. The energy being sent into the air by the people was like no other. Over and over again I heard “MORSI MORSI”, I saw fireworks explode in the air over the crowd. I saw people dancing, people hugging, people crying with joy.
I spent the next two hours walking around Tahrir Sq. living the historical moment with the people of Egypt. While I was there I took over 200 photos. I have selected 60 of my favorite photos and thought I should share them today. I also decided not to make any changes to the photos (I just resized them for the post). I want you to feel what it was like to be there. I know I mentioned this before, but I still can’t believe I was there. Now I will let the photos speak.
Mr. President Morsi congratulations on the win and please give the people of Egypt the future they deserve.
Hope you enjoyed the photos & I hope you share your thoughts below.
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