Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2 cool days!

These last two days have really been something. We met with our table makers for a while to make sure they were making the tables right. Then we went out to Saqqara. There we saw the step pyramid, its whole complex, a couple of tombs, and went all around the Unas pyramid, following its causeway all the way along. We mostly did things that most people don't do on

tours, because we thought that Julianne will get to do tour stuff some other time, and we ought to do this kind of stuff while we can. It was a great day.

When we got home we hurried and got ready for the hotel manager's reception. It was an upscale thing that was very nice. We met some very nice and interesting people, including the new hotel manager. Two men we talked to for a long time were very interesting. They fly a private 737 for a sheikh, who has a wife here as well as in Saudi Arabia. They fly him and his wives around quite a bit. They live here in this hotel when the sheikh is visiting his wife here (six weeks this time). Sometimes a wife will want to go shopping in Paris, so they will fly there. Interesting life.

The next day we met with the hotel manager for a while, and had a nice time getting to know him and letting him know about our project. The we got ready and met our friend, Jessica Kaiser, who excavates out at Giza. She took us all around Giza and told us about all sorts of interesting things going on there. We had a great time, and really enjoyed ourselves and seeing kind of the "backside" of Giza, as well as a little of the stuff that tourists normally see.

When we got done with that we spent a little time in a tiny little apartment of an old Egyptian couple that were her friends. It was a highlight to spend time with such a nice couple and see how they live and how gracious they are.

We hurried back and got ready for our dinner with the deputy ambassador from the US, a great guy named Matt Tueller, who is Jim Tueller's brother (Jim is one of our good friends from Hawaii), and Chad Emmet's brother-in-law (Chad is our friend teaching in the Jerusalem Center right now). We had a wonderful dinner, and really enjoyed ourselves. What a very pleasant evening.

Tomorrow we get to meet with the SCA and hopefully we get our contract and have it all set to start digging. Lets hope!

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