I had a trip planned for Egypt and Morocco in August- now because of unforseen curcumstances I may reconsider this and go in early January. Call me strange, but I don't mind extreme heat and don't know if I will enjoy being there during the winter. What is a North African winter like? Is it dark and gloomy and is all plant life brown and dead looking like it is here? Are the cities and towns still bustling and busy or do they sort of calm down like towns do over here in winter? Finally, I've heard I'm crazy for wanting to go in August-- is it really that unbearable?