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Enjoying Egypt

April 29, 2001

Having recently returned from a fantastic tour of Egypt and Jordan, I was delighted to read of Howard Schneider's adventures ('On a Bumpy Road to Ancient Ruins," April 1).

Our group was prepared for the fabulous ruins thousands of years old and the exotic environment. But we were not prepared for the warm welcome by Egyptians from all walks of life. Apparently it is a well-kept secret that many Middle Easterners are fond of Americans and express that sentiment at every opportunity.

I would encourage your readers not to put off visiting Egypt's extraordinary sites (or Jordan's or Turkey's) because security is at a premium there. I'm happy to say that "the ugly American" is dead.

MARY NASH

Aliso Viejo

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