In the predawn hours of my first morning in Aswan, Egypt, I woke up to the chants of a call to prayer reverberating from mosque minarets. It’s Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of observance, and the melodic cadence of these Arabic words resonated daily, beckoning the faithful to nearby mosques for the 5 am prayer. I head to the window of my cruise ship quarters to watch the activity below as Muslims, working outside, unable to make it to the mosques, pause to lay blankets, face the direction of Mecca and pray. This Ramadan ritual that I feel privileged to experience is an unintended benefit of timing my trip in April.
_TWI Spring23-LeBlanc-Traveling Egypt during Ramadan