Tahrir Square Video

Here’s some of the video I shot of Tahrir Square in Cairo on the first night of the Egyptian demonstrations.

It was shot using a Nikon D7000 with an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at ISO 3200 from my 25th floor balcony of the Semiramis InterContinental Hotel, which is about a block away. If you watch the High Definition version you can see a lot more detail even through the digital noise.

Thanks to The Conversations Network’s Paul Figgiani for editing and titles.

Exodus from Egypt

On January 19th I tweeted “Getting ready for a trip to the Middle East. Decided to register with the State Department. You just never know.” Six days later I stepped out of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to find a scene reminiscent of Berkeley in the 1960s: a stream of demonstrators running past the museum towards Tahrir Square.

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Out of Egypt

My wife and I just returned prematurely from a trip to Egypt. We arrived in Cairo on Monday, January 24, the day before the protests began. We were in the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel just off of of Tahrir Square with a 25th-floor view of the action. On Tuesday, February 1, we finally evacuated on a charter flight to Amman, Jordan. Two days later we were able to get a flight to JFK and finally to SFO on Friday, February 4.┬áSo much to blog about. Once I get some sleep, I’ll post my thoughts and experiences here. Stay tuned!