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Soldiers with Guns

 

 

I went to Egypt only one year after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.  Security was very tight.  I remember walking down the steps from the plane to the tarmac and seeing soldiers with guns at the bottom!  On the drive to the pension where we spent our first night in country before meeting our families the next morning, more armed soldiers were positioned behind sandbags in windows along the thoroughfare.

I remember wondering if I could handle living in such a place.  That memory overshadows actually meeting my host family the next morning.

 

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter und Anwar Sadat i...

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat in Camp David (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The AFS Experience

 

The AFS experience gave me the confidence to go away to college and move away from my family for my first job. It hasn’t really had an “in your face” impact, but I’m sure that it has influenced how I’ve interacted with others. You can’t have an experience like a foreign exchange program provides without it having an impact on your worldview in some way. It might be in many small ways rather than a couple of large ways, but the impact is there.

 

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Year in Egypt

I went to Egypt only one year after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.  Security was very tight.  I remember walking down the steps from the plane to the tarmac and seeing soldiers with guns at the bottom!  On the drive to the pension where we spent our first night in the country, more armed soldiers were positioned behind sandbags in windows along the thoroughfare.  I remember wondering if I could handle living in such a place.  That memory overshadows actually meeting my host family the next morning.