Egypt

In travel, fear is rarely where you think you'll find it

"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...

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