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Reporting from Egypt!!:)

We're two days into our trip to Egypt and I'm reminded, once again, of how easy it is to let media coverage choices dictate travel plans and incite fear. I fielded a lot of questions about why in the world we were going to Egypt "right now" and even I start to doubt my decisions under the weight of such scrutiny. But, like the topics we bandy about on this site these days about "safety" in traveling, at some point, too much fear causes inertia and inaction. Which is all to say that I'm so glad we've come. Tourism is definitely down here. There's not a ton of Americans but there's a very strong tourist infrastructure and we feel safe. There's security at hotels and at the sites we've been to. The people are friendly and extremely happy to see us and the uncrowded access to the sites is sad for the Egyptian economy but makes our sightseeing easy - especially compared to our recent trip to unbelievably crowded China.
If anyone's got any questions or wants to see my much-more-detailed blog, just let me know:)

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Glad you are enjoying Egypt. Thanks for stepping out!

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Nance - I emailed you a link! Way more fun detail in there to give you sense of touring over her right now.

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Would love to read more details, have people I work with from Egypt and definitely would like to visit.

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I would love to read your blog, please! I think Egypt sounds so exotic!

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Valerie, I'd love to read your blog too please!

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I am trying to repond to all your PM requests...be patient with me...my internet is slow:)

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Great blog! You have an interesting way with words and I just kept reading and reading, moving right on through your trip to China. I'll continue to follow your trip. Thanks for the link, Valerie.

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Hi Valerie,
I'd love a link to your blog also.
Thanks!
-Agnes

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I just finished reading your first post after your actual arrival in Egypt. It sounds like a fantastic trip and I really am enjoying your current (and previous China-hope that was ok?) postings. You are a terrific (and humorous!) writer!

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Thank you all for your kind words! I love writing about our trips. If you PM'd me for a link but I didn't respond, will you PM me again? Somehow they load weird on my phone and I don't see all of them.

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Certainly sounds like my experience in Egypt a few years ago. People were friendly, even when off-the-beaten path (a bit) in some shisha bars. Were also repeatedly thanked for coming. When we went to Abu Simbel the guide asked his friend at the ticket window and they had about 200-300 visitors that day...... often it is 2,000 or more. I stood alone in the innermost sanctum of the Great Temple for about 5 minutes and when I came out, couldn't see anyone else in the temple. My fellow tour mate said there were a few people in there, but not many. It was an absolutely wonderful experience.

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I highly recommend Valerie's blog. (Not that my opinion counts for anything!) But it really is entertaining, so if you enjoy reading about travel, just do it!

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As Valerie's daughter (and therefore someone who's been subscribed to her travel updates since long before she was introduced to the blogosphere), I highly recommend checking her stuff out, simply because I don't really think there's much travel writing like hers out there. She has a nice blend of self-deprecating humor and actual travel/historical content. If she's not replying to messages in re: her site, I'm still at home base, so please feel free to PM me for her website!

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Valerie or Grace, please PM me with a link to Valerie's blog. Thanks!

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Grace, your mom is a very entertaining writer. It would be fun to meet her in person some time.

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Hello from the Aswan airport! You are all so kind! @ Sarah....sending you a link. @SharYn....would be fun...Ron and I try to meet RS people when we're traveling. We've had success in Paris and Barcelona!

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@Frannie - I sent you a link via PM. I am back from my trip and we had an unbelievably good time. Apropos of other threads here that are active this weekend that will (surely???) get deleted tomorrow morning, it was an interesting time to be in Egypt and I feel a little glad we weren't transiting out of Cairo yesterday vs. last Sunday when we left.

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I would also love a link to your blog. My husband desperately wants to make a trip to Egypt but I am a little (actually a lot) nervous about safety. So glad you had a great trip!

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I'd be interested to read the blog as well if you could PM a link!