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Welcome to the New Year blog by Jim Berkeley, president of Destinations & Adventures.

In late July 2011, I took a fascinating trip to visit the “New Egypt.” I met with all of my current business associates and friends from when I lived in Cairo. They are a wonderful melange of ex-pats, Muslims and Coptic Christians. To a person, everyone is so proud of what has been accomplished – in spite of the hiccups. Everyone knows there have been sacrifices, but there is a real sense of hopeful anticipation for the future, tempered by the realization that Egypt must decide where it is going and how it is going to get there. The parliamentary elections just finished and that is the first step in a three-step process. Still to come are the drafting of the new constitution and the presidential elections later this year. Certainly, people expect there will be more bumps in the road during this process. No one I spoke to, however, was negative or worried about the future. I traveled all over Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and the Sinai Peninsula visiting all my favorite sites to get a sense of what was happening around the country. Not once did I ever feel threatened or insecure. To the contrary! I was greeted with open arms everywhere and offers of mint tea and welcoming snacks. It was fantastic to have no lines anywhere and to be virtually the only person visiting some of the most archaeological sites in the world. That made for wonderful photographic opportunities. If you ever wanted to travel to Egypt at the best prices and avoid all the crowds, now it the perfect time to go! I wrapped up my visit at Tahrir Square, where after passing through the “security” perimeter set up by the demonstrators, had to shoo away people wanting to playfully finger paint my face in the red, white and black colors of the Egyptian flag. Souvenirs, Egyptian caps, buttons, pins and all sorts of revolutionary memorabilia were all for sale. It was like a carnival. Though the square now has been cleared by the military again, I felt the power to the people presence there. In short, Egyptians are empowered by the thought that they are leading the Arab Spring and the world is watching. They are marching down the road to a new future and are thrilled to be on the move! Since February 2011, we’ve had a slow but steady stream of guests traveling to Egypt with us. To a person, they are returned with the most wonderful stories of being welcomed with open arms everywhere, and having the sites virtually to themselves. Now is the time to travel to Egypt!”

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