To Egypt, After Luxor, With Caution

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Feb 11th, 1998, 11:18 AM
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Paula Smith
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Now through March is considered "low" season and even though this is so, there are fewer tourists because of the situation in Egypt. Nothing is going to change in the Middle East; it has been, is, and will continue to be a difficult and often dangerous place to visit. Presently there is a "truce" going on and the government has stepped up security such as it is. Just be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

 
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Feb 11th, 1998, 11:18 AM
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Now through March is considered "low" season and even though this is so, there are fewer tourists because of the situation in Egypt. Nothing is going to change in the Middle East; it has been, is, and will continue to be a difficult and often dangerous place to visit. Presently there is a "truce" going on and the government has stepped up security such as it is. Just be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

 
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Feb 11th, 1998, 11:27 AM
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The Mena House is part of the history of the Giza area. It was built as a rest house for royalty. During World War II Churchill, Montgomery, and Roosevelt met there. The Montgomery and Churchill suites are elegant and can be seen if not rented.
It has two sections - the historic main hotel and the Garden section which is modern and less expensive. The Mena House is less than a block from the Pyramids - you have to request a room overlooking the pyramids and it may not be available. As far as it being a "fun" spot, the clientele tends to be more mature but then anyone can get "lucky!"
 
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Feb 13th, 1998, 12:24 PM
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Ryan Bowles
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Es-salaam w'alaikum. I am posting this in hopes of generating some personal e-mail response (see address above). I have enjoyed reading the postings but don't have time to regularly check back here.
I am an employee with the YMCA of the USA preparing to embark on a six-month fellowship with the Egypt YMCA on April 1. The location (country) of my placement was decided for me and I could not be more excited. I, like most Americans, have been ignorant (or apathetic) about Egypt, its culture, and more importantly its people. My research to date has filled me with anticipation, wanderlust, and awe for a country that measures time and history in thousands of years while I see a couple hundred years of history as something worth talking about.
I am most curious, however, about the Egypt of today. I want to see the country but really want to get to know its people. I have been told Egyptians are, on the whole, the quintessential hosts and I look forward to working with my Egyptian counterparts to break down the barriers of language, culture, religion, and politics and emerging from my experience with lifelong friends.
Please feel free to e-mail me with advice, words of wisdom, or stories of your travels. Thank you.
 
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Mar 10th, 1998, 08:46 PM
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Al Clem
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Listen to the Paula Smiths of this world. She's a very level-headed lady. Ph.D. has always stood for "piled higher and deeper" in my experience. She, instead, speaks from sober judgment and valid contacts. If you want perfect safety in this life, never open yourself to all that life has to offer, including Egypt. Just keep your eyes open, your mouth shut, dress conservatively, drink bottled water, wash your hands, and have the time of your life. Personally, I've come so close to losing my life so many times in my 70 years that I marvel at the many acts of Divine Providence that have seen me through. Enjoy! But be watchful.
 
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Mar 22nd, 1998, 05:52 PM
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Just got back from Cairo.I had a Great time and will go back soon.I`ll answer any ?s,if you want.
 
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Mar 30th, 1998, 04:38 PM
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Jan Buck
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I just recently returned from Egypt and had a wonderful time. I too am ready to go back. There is so much to see and learn that one trip hardly touches the surface. We kept our eyes open and tried not to do anything stupid, but never felt unsafe. Nothing in life is certain, but don't miss this fascinating land if you get the chance to go!
 
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