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"'Revolution in Cairo!' was the first thing I heard upon my return from a short desert trip. It was Friday 28 January and I had arrived in a small village in Fayoum Oasis, where my saddles and equipment are stored."
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Did not die in vain.
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"Since I arrived many days have passed. Police was taken off the streets in an attempt to create chaos. Mobiles didnt work. Internet was cut. "
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"Every time when I worry too much I go back to the square, where men sleep in front of the tanks to prevent them from moving forward. Women and men are prepared to die for a better future."
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"People are so proud to be an Egyptian now, you cannot imagine."
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"What surprises me most is the fact that demonstrators come in all sorts and sizes. Religious people with beards, heavily veiled women, secular women in jeans, the very poor and also the well-to-do, young and old, doctors and illiterate labourers. They pray, sing, hold up signs, wave flags, share food and blankets. I could go on and on about the wonders I have seen there."
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From the saddle: Arita Baajiens inside Egypt, "those kids really pulled it off!"

Posted: Feb 10, 2011 03:11 pm EST

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(By Mikael Strandberg) They just would not give up. "My address is Tahrir till Mubarak goes," Arita Baajiens told ExWeb was one slogan she just read on the square. It seems they have been heard. "Your demand will be met" the Millitary reportedly just said to the crowds in Cairo. History is being made as the second country in short time is overthrowing its president. Dutch explorer Arita Baajiens is a legend to desert travelers. A scholar of the Middle East, she also speaks Arabic. Knowing she was traveling somewhere in the...

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