Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

February 13, 2012
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... Read More
by Dr. Lobban
February 8, 2012
I was here in Cairo a year ago, first on a family vacation, then to host a tour group which had virtually concluded its program when the revolution of January 25, 2011 broke out and as a second tour group was just arriving. We could see the vast crowds at Tahrir Square and had to take some security measures to move about Cairo. We were never at risk while seeing a number of official buildings on fire, seeing military aircraft flying low, plenty of tanks and heavily armed soldiers, checks points and such. Finally we had the opportunity to be evacuated to Athens and we safely made our ways home to America. I came back to Cairo in November on my way to Sudan and again in December on my way back. Often teaching and lecturing about Middle... Read More
February 7, 2012
Aswan is one truly gorgeous and extraordinary Nile River town. It is located at the lower end of the first cataract or rapids in the Nile and the site of the old Low Dam and the newer High Dam that store up irrigation water and generate electric power for much of Egypt. Aside from the unique Nubian culture and language, it has fascinating tombs of the nobles dating back to the first intermediate period. It is possible to take camel tours to the tombs or out to the western desert abandoned monastery of St. Simon. Sailing or motoring between the granite rocks is absorbing; it is engaging to imagine that they resemble herds of stony elephants have a drink in the cold deep waters. The still-new Nubian Museum is a must-see opportunity even... Read More
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