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March 24, 2008

We now resume our regular programming

A few folks have asked why there've been so few posts recently. And the answer to that is: I spent the first two weeks of the month getting my ducks in a row so I could accompany Mom and the kids to Egypt during the third week.

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There we saw many piles of antiquated masonry (like the two above), a horde of other tourists (from Europe and northeast Asia, mostly) and more street vendors than I've ever seen in one place. They were as thick as flies and harder to avoid.

It was an interesting trip - and not only for the 25 consecutive hours we spent in airports and on airliners yesterday (sigh). My elder son and I went to see an Arabic movie in Aswan one evening and we spent several other hours away from the tour group chatting up the Man On The Street in Cairo and Aswan. That worked surprisingly well, despite our ignorance of Arabic, but only because our Egyptian victims knew some English and wanted to practice it. The young men who weren't street vendors were uniformly pleasant to talk to. (We didn't try to talk to any young women because none approached us as the young men did.)

When I get photos & videos posted somewhere, I'll provide a link to them. But that won't happen for a week or two, I'm guessing.

Posted by joke du jour at March 24, 2008 06:20 PM

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