"You're going to Egypt? With all the terrorism?" my friends and family asked when I announced I would be traveling to that country in northeastern Africa.
I understood their concerns, but having taught Egyptian history and literature at the high school level for 35 years, I felt compelled to see the ancient pyramids, tombs and temples.
On Halloween 2015 I left my Redlands home and flew to Cairo.
"Welcome to Egypt!" Lorna, our Canadian guide told our group of 16 tourists assembled in the lobby.
"The Egyptian government requires a certified Egyptologist to accompany all tour groups. Please meet Ahmed.”
Tall, thirtysomething Ahmed was...