If I had two months, I would make sure to reach some of the oasis in the middle of the desert.  But with one month at hand, the use of public ground transportation, and an obligation to bring back classroom material, I will first follow the established tourist route traveling in the Nile Valley.  I will then cross over to the Sinai peninsula to visit the monastery of St. Catherine and to climb mount Sinai where Moses, according to biblical record, received the tablets of law from God.  A few years ago, I turned back half way up, too exhausted to continue.  I am determined to reach the top this time!  I hope to explore a few off-the-beaten-path Coptic monasteries after Sinai.  If I can pull that off, I expect this to be the highlight of Egypt.  ET

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