It took just about a week, but I think I have finally kicked the jet lag from my trip. It seemed to hit me much harder after the Egypt trip than it did when I got back from Jordan, but it finally dawned on me why... I got a reasonable amount of sleep on that vacation. I can't say that was true on this trip to Egypt. Getting there kept me up for the better part of 36 hours, getting home was a somewhat more reasonable 20, there were two late nights at the Cairo airport in search of my luggage (including one that ended at 6 a.m.), the early tours started at 7:30, the late ones at 9 -- all in all, not a recipe for getting a lot of rest. And yes, you did read that correctly. I got up at the crack of dawn for tours day after day -- several times, even earlier than I normally get up for work. Fortunately, Egyptians are as fond of coffee as I am, so it was rare that I had to board the bus, operate my camera, or absorb any of the information proffered by the tour guides while under-caffeinated.
The hectic pace, however, absolutely worth it. I saw a lot of amazing places and got to spend time with some really cool people. The slideshow below will introduce the sites, and a later one will share some of the fun we had along the way. Enjoy!