Traveling in Egypt

Old Jul 5th, 2013, 06:15 AM
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To be fair, Morsi was a democratically elected president, so the US was obliged to support him. On the other hand, my friends in Egypt (a Coptic family and three Muslim families)say that they and everyone they know are celebrating like crazy. As Casual Cairo says, this outcome is a great result for the people. Now we just have to wait and see how things go. There will be some defiance from the Muslim Brotherhood, but hopefully things will fall into place in a few months. Those who have planned trips for October may still be ok to go. One of my friends who lives in Luxor reports it's very quiet there. So cross fingers.
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Old Jul 5th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Deb, glad to hear you're okay. Thanks for the reference to Egyptian Streets -- I'll pass it along.
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Old Jul 5th, 2013, 09:30 AM
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RamR, I know that it shouldn't be a political discussion here but I just couldn't overlook your comment. If that elections in Egypt was "fair" then why would this administration sent 27 fighter jets and billions of our taxpayer $$ to help Morsi get elected? That would constitute "being obligated before he was elected?" And that is "unfair", is it not? Also if it was fair, why would 70% of all people celebrate the end of his short presidency today? As far as I know people of Egypt didn't ask US to interfere because they wanted fair elections and now angry that we did. Sorry but you are misinformed.
I haven't been to Egypt recently but I just came back from Turkey. I was there during the riots. The fact is that we cannot possibly have full report on everything that is happening within a foreign country and have to rely on media sources. Most of them as you well know are very unreliable. My trip was fine but the constant notion of something brewing up and possibly happening while I was there made my days quite stressful. I was constantly thinking of the airport being closed and being unable to leave. Uncertainty does not allow you to fully appreciate destination.
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OT - I'm just curious where you were in Turkey. We were also there during the riots, in Istanbul only. We didn't find it even a bit stressful. I agree that what the media reported (before we left) was only partially accurate. The protests in Istanbul were in a very limited and very confined area of the city. If you weren't there, and hadn't seen it on TV, you wouldn't even have known it was happening. I suspect what was going on in Egypt this last week was quite a bit more.
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Despite having been in Lebanon last month, I would not go to Egypt until things are sorted. The situation is too unpredictable. I have been in other countries when the international air transportation has ceased and we had to be evacuated by our government. It is not as much fun as you might think.
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Old Jul 9th, 2013, 07:11 AM
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Well, as noted above my wife's surgery will be the factor in the decision for our planned October trip. But if we were forced to decide today, without that hanging over us, then we'd regretfully cancel. The situation is too volatile.

Still, I'll hold on to the contacts, all the information and research that we did, and hopefully we can go next year.
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Old Jul 11th, 2013, 05:48 AM
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We've decided to change our plans and put off the Egypt trip for another time. Looks like we'll be exploring Italy in October.
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