Thursday 12-Saturday 14 September
Thursday I spend the morning in Cairo doing various errands, and I also visit Rawya Ismail in the Egypt Exploration Society's office. Rawya we have known for many years, and since she has worked for the EES she has helped us a great deal by communicating with the SCA in Abbassiya on our behalf. In the evening Aly takes me to a wonderful wedding at the Nile Hilton, and we get home very late.
Friday I spend the morning with Aly and then he takes me into Cairo, where I meet with Ian Shaw and Reem el-Khodary. Reem has had her PhD exam the day before and Ian is over here for the exam as her supervisor at the University of Liverpool. She passed her exam of course; today she is taking me and Ian to Saqqara. There we visit the various British teams working at Saqqara and Memphis, and go for a brief stroll in the area of the pyramid of Teti.
On Saturday I go back to the Cairo Museum, and spend several hours wandering around the galleries, looking at all sorts of things. I also meet with some colleagues, and one of the things I am shown is the statue which was recently recovered from Holland having been stolen from Egypt 15 years ago (see News and Gossip for 24 April 2002). My journey home is fraught; first one minibus collided with a woman crossing the road, and the second one broke down...
Late in the evening I go to the airport for the flight to Luxor. I arrive at the Etap hotel about 01:15!