Many years ago, as a student of archaeology, I made my first trip to Egypt and was so moved by the treasures of the country’s past.  My visit in 2009 was another memorable experience.  Not only did I visit the incredible archaeological sites, but also established friendships with many wonderful people. I sincerely hope that this latest change continues the proud tradition of a very noble land and the people who live and work there.  -Robin Albing

Although we recognize that there are many challenges ahead and it will not be easy,  all of us at AIM send our wishes to our friends that the new Egypt will be a land of opportunity for all people.

The following are excerpts from just two of the emails that we received this week from our friends in Egypt:

We are all confident that the future is going to be better. We can feel it in the air, in the attitude of the people towards each other, in everything. Let me tell you that we feel a new EGYPT is born because this country with its treasures made by its own people since ages, deserves to be in a better rank within the biggest civilized and developed nations in the world.  I fully share your thoughts and pray that the new Egypt with its young generations who managed to make what no other Egyptian could do in the last 20-30 years is coming to be prosperous, developing and peaceful land same as it used to be ages and ages before.  – Mahmoud Rushdy (Deputy Executive Director | Egyptian Exporters Association-ExpoLink)

And from free-lance writer, Randi Danforth:
Back in Cairo…Yesterday (Monday 14th) I went to my office for the first time since 27 January, where there were more demonstrations suddenly down in the street–we are right on Tahrir…Around Tuesday the 31st ( I think ) I was interviewed for a NY Times article, including a 2-minute audio:

Randi Danforth, 56, an editor for American University in Cairo Press, has been reluctant to leave, partly because of her cat, Stella, but she booked a flight leaving Wednesday. Until then, she remains in Maadi, a comparatively wealthy suburb south of Cairo where many foreigners and well-off Egyptians live.

“I have been calm and reasonable about everything, but uncertain of what is going to happen long term,” she said. “There have been no demonstrations in Maadi, but what people are concerned about are opportunists and thugs. There are rumors going around of home invasions and looting. In fact, we have seen little of that ourselves.”

Ms. Danforth said tanks were positioned on key roads and that security guards were patrolling her apartment building. The 60 or so residents have been gathering in the garden to trade information. Some neighbors have armed themselves with baseball bats and golf clubs.