This is my 1000th post of TripAdvisor. I thought of celebrating it by writing this special post.
First, let me salute those who came up with the idea of TA and those who are maintaining it. They are surely doing a great job.
For the Egypt forum, I must say that I have enjoyed my experience here over the last year so much. Although most of the time, I was on the answering end of questions, I did learn a lot from all your experience and knowledge. I also had the opportunity to know and meet a few special people. From those I mention Ibiris and Karen_in_Egypt. There were other great contributors who made by their contributions the Egypt forums, a place that reflect how great a destination Egypt is. From those I recall King Tut, Barbara, Swisssinai, Maria, Rose, Nefertari and Studioworks. There are others. So, forgive me if I dropped any names. I think we all made a great colorful team that created a special and unique "community" on the Egypt Forums. I hope that we can keep up the spirit and I hope that others would join in and make our spirit shine even brighter.
As I said, I have been so far lucky to meet Karen and Ibiris, but I would definitely be glad to see the rest of you one day. For those who do not live in Cairo, please feel free to drop me a line anytime you are visiting. For those based here, the invitation for a gathering is an open one.
For our visitors, I want to say to you are all that we are always happy to have you with us and that the news that you "had a great time in Egypt" is what keeps us going and what encourages all of us to keep this place growing and flourishing. Therefore, keep the trip reports coming. I really love reading them.
What I saw on this forum taught me that traveling is not only a way to have fun and relax, but it can bridge gaps that politics can do nothing about. The way many of you showed their appreciation and understanding of the Egyptian culture, the tolerance and the support you all showed after the terrorist attacks in April and the feeling of safety you all talk about when you evaluate your Egypt experience all draw another picture that neither the terrorists not the right wing fanatics with their biased media would like to see. The more people who see and realize this real picture through this forum, the more hope I could have in a world that has been lately rather disappointing.
I said before that I do not work in the travel business. My interest in this comes from being a traveler myself. From here, I can always see your questions and concerns with your eyes and from here I am sure you can see what I mean with my eyes. The more you people enjoy your stays in Egypt, the more I would feel safe to travel around the world. So, we ball speak here the same language and this is where you all made a difference. We will keep going and we will encourage more and more people to join.
Cheers to everybody.