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Farewell Dinner and Some Retrospection
February 13, 2012

Farewell Dinner and Some Retrospection

Two weeks later, our tour is at an end. Our group of ten really bonded, and at our farewell dinner, addresses and e-mails were exchanged  to stay in touch and share thousands of photos once we are all back in our usual homes. Yes, all will shortly depart in various directions, and are looking forward to being back home, but all agree that we had one very exceptional time in Egypt. 

I stayed on for a few more days of the revolution to meet some of those who were with us last year and have returned to carry on with their interrupted tour from last year. Our brains and cameras are overflowing with thoughts and images of places we visited and people we met and how much we all learned. 

Really this was not only a very informational tour, but it was transformational. We made new friends with our group, and gained a deeper understanding of Egypt and the Middle East. We agreed that we learned much more about ancient and modern Egyptian history, but also saw the entire world and ourselves in new ways from history, archaeology, religion, politics, economics, foreign relations and even, in very fundamental spiritual ways. We are not the same people that we were when we arrived a mere two weeks ago.

Comments

As one of the members of this group, Richard had promised us "Awesome" days and this was a trip of a lifetime for me and one that I am humbly grateful that I experienced.  And to be in Egypt during  its revolutionary times made me very proud to be an American and to better understand the struggles of Egypt.

Richard was a wonderful guide for us and presented very interesting lectures every evening- my favorite was bees in ancient Egypt- since Richard and his wife are avid beekeepers. 

Now I  would like to return to Egypt and Alexandria-- and ask Richard to join us again...Do you think he would go with us??

 

 

As one of the participants of this group that Richard led for the tour just completed- it was a life changing experience for me- as I had always  wanted to go to Egypt- my fondest dream was to become an archeologist which never happened of course. 

Richard was suburb as a leader for us and every night we had wonderful lectures involving a variety  of Egyptian related topics-- my favorite was  beekeeping in ancient Egypt- since Richard and his wife are avid beekeepers in the States.

Can you imagine how exciting it was to stand by the mummy of Ramses II or be inches away from the mummy of King Tut?  Richard promised us "awesome" days and that was delivered and more.. WOW!  A dream come true for me.

And to be in the Egypt during  its revolutionary days was a wonderful eye opening experience.  I am very proud to be an American and to have been part of their changing- even in a little way-we certainly understand and appreciate their struggles much better.

Richard is working on a new dig in Sudan- a new temple complex- and I will help him with fundraising in my local Egyptian Study Society chapter...  I may be back in the States but my heart is in Egypt!   Some of the group and I are already planning a return trip to Egypt and to Alexandria.  We may even ask Richard to join us!

Thanks for the "Awesome" experience...  Humbling and very special!

 

 

 

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