Good news and bad news. The good news is we are not going to Alexandria after all. The bad news is we are not going to Alexandria. Of all the places, we have been in the past three months, this is the only place we have been before, but we only spent one day there and it’s worth more than that. And statistically, it is probably the safest place in the Middle East right now.
Among other tragedies, this is devastating for the people who work in tourism. They had just recovered from the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011. When we were there in 2009, everyone was really happy to see Americans; this time at our other stop in Egypt, they were really happy to see tourists.
The stupidity of the latest attacks is that they will accomplish nothing but reinforce the stereotype of Islam held by too many “Christians”. Anyone who has had Pysch 101 or heard the story of the Hatfields and McCoys knows violence, in any form, begets violence. War, in any form, does not determine who is right; only who is left. A terrorist is a patriot with a bomb but no airplane. Most of this paragraph was plagiarized. End of today’s venting.
We are going to Crete instead. The bad news is Heraklion is now the only place on the itinerary that we have been before. The good news is it was one of our favorite places on our tour of the eastern Mediterranean. We will be there from about 6:00 Tuesday night until about 6:00 Wednesday night.