Egypt is in the news with the recent protests over the dictatorship of Murbarak and the peoples quest for democracy. I hope the people achieve their goal. We stayed in the apartment of a friend (Fatma) in Egypt and hope that she and her family are safe during these times. It would be great if this situation could come to a peaceful conclusion for the people of Egypt.
I have been remembering our visit to Egypt for an NSF MARGINS meeting in Cairo and have decided to showcase Egypt today. The meeting was followed by a geological field trip through the Sinai Peninsular with an overnight stop in a remote spot midway between Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh. After the meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh Olaf, Stephen, Garry, and I went on a side trip to Luxor where we visited Karnak, Temple of Amun, and the Valley of the Kings.
While in Cairo we visited the wonderful Cairo Museum which is now under a threat of being looted. People are forming a human chain around the museum to protect it and we hope they will succeed. This beautiful mask of Tutankhamun is on display at the museum.