I can't remember the last time I saw Luxor as alive as it is this morning - I am talking about the atmosphere. There have been long lines of men and women waiting outside polling stations since before 8 am this morning to cast their vote in the first free elections. Some of the lines are snaking down the streets and round the street corners while some are doubling back and running beside each other. The mobile phone cameras are clicking as friends take photos of each other. Everyone is smiling. There are lots of police and army in trucks and on foot guarding the streets around the polling stations - some of the streets are closed altogether to traffic. It's great to see everyone so enthusiastic and no signs of animosity between police, army and citizens.