As you can all see above from my ticker, I leave for my trip to Egypt soon. All was quiet on the Egypt front, and now last week there was some violence in Alexandria (not going there) and just yesterday an explosion in Dahab (not going there either.) I got on the phone with the travel agent that booked this trip for us, and she tells me of bomb-sniffing dogs, and radar around the peninsula. She says that the hotel where we are staying is harder to get into than Fort Knox. Let us only hope.
I've also been working on putting together a "cheat sheet" of Arabic phrases, so we can make an attempt at fitting in a bit more. I've got the basics: hello, goodbye, thank you, etc. What I don't have are key phrases like "get this spitty camel away from me" and "damn it's hot" and "walk like an egyptian". Any help would be appreciated.
In other travel-related news, those of my blogger friends who are in Australia, check in and let me know if you're ok after Monica hits. They're calling it a "perfect storm." Be thankful you're not depending on the US government to help out afterwards and build you some levys. ;)
egypt, cyclone monica