We loved all the suggestions, so thank you very much. I now have even more places (and people) I am longing to see. I was certain we would end up in Jordan but couldn't let Geoff miss a second opportunity to see the pyramids, now could I?
I am so excited about going back to Egypt. Though I give Geoff a hard time for missing out on this adventure last time - it's just because it's one I've always wanted to share with him. Almost 7 years and a few bizarre circumstances later - we're on our way! We got a great deal on a last minute flight before we watched prices sky rocket. We'll pay for it with the commute, I think. We fly out tonight, spend ALL night in Istanbul's airport (unless I can talk Geoff into a late night Turkey adventure) and will be in Cairo at 9 a.m. on the sundial. See what Geoff has to say about how great it is already. I think he's excited.
We aren't worried about the security in Egypt. One because we understand from experience the difference between media and real life, and two because we do our best to take every possible precaution when travelling. Things happen, but we stay aware and will be intentional during all of our travel negotiations and adventures.
We have a good contact in Egypt, are splurging on a real hotel for at least the first night while we get our bearings (and SLEEP!), but after that will most likely move to the more character filled budget lodging options. Bring it on!
The last time I went to Egypt we took a bus to the southern tip, and shared a taxi across the Sinai. That route is closed now, making ground travel very difficult and higher risk. So we won't be crossing the border where I was practicing walking like an Egyptian in the first photo in 2006. We're getting fancy now, arriving at the airport. I may even recreate the sphinx kissing photo above. I think this picture is why Geoff fell in love with me originally; said he liked my neck in the picture. Weird, yes, but I'll take what I can get. Maybe this time I'll just kiss Geoff instead.
Even with flying, it will take us about 17 hours of travel from the time we leave our apartment to landing in Egypt - and we think we're tired now. 2 flights. Have I mentioned I don't really like flying? I do like traveling. It's a challenging complex.
Looking forward to our adventure - we hope to have internet to post short updates. Expect some serious photos in a week. We plan/hope to be back in Jerusalem Monday night/early Tuesday a.m. Now I have to go make a hotel reservation so we have at least one thing planned for this last minute trip. Then we're going to make like baby Jesus and head outta here! Egypt - here we come.