"Egypt! Isn't that dangerous? Are you sure you want to go there?"
What were we going to encounter in Egypt? The troubles that followed the Arab Spring of 2011 had convinced most Americans that Egypt was unsafe and dangerous. Were we concerned? Perhaps a bit, so we checked with the most reliable sources we could find and decided to go. Any concerns we had disappeared when we stepped off the plane in Cairo and saw the warm smile of Yasser, our Deluxe Travel tour coordinator.
For 12 days, we explored the sights of Egypt, astonished to be standing next to the Pyramids, amazed at the structures, statues, and even the paint that had survived centuries beyond our comprehension. We camped in the White Desert, waking at 4 a.m. to revel in the surreal light. We cruised the Nile, delighting in the sensations of ancient and modern life. We drank tea and played dominoes in a Bedouin bar. We hiked the rugged paths of Mount Sinai to witness a glorious sunrise. We endured Cairo's famous traffic and dust to experience the vibrant life of that incredible city.