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Choosing to Say “Yes”

Posted on March 07, 2017 in Traveler Insights

Fear didn’t stop Marie from visiting Egypt in 2004—and it’s not stopping O.A.T. travelers today.

By Marie G., 8-time traveler from Greendale, WI

I read in an edition of the Inside Scoop that Harriet Lewis mentioned that O.A.T. will again be traveling to Egypt. It’s understandable that even seasoned travelers can hold some fear of that part of the world. I was there in 2004 and it was an incredible experience. I write my travel journals in rhyme, and I thought I’d share just a few of its beginning lines that deal with stepping beyond that fear.

My poetic journals remain some of my favorite souvenirs of my travels with O.A.T. When I reread them even years later, they bring back all of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and memories that I treasure.

Long have I held a dream within—
Today that journey will begin …
To lands still veiled in mystery,
Five thousand years of history,
Of pyramids and lavish tombs,
Of temples, sphinxes, ancient ruins,
Of pharaohs, gods, treasures sublime …
I’m crossing o’er these sands of time.
I’ll first explore Egypt, the Nile,
Then head to Jordan for a while.

Though friends and family share a fear
Of dangers that are lurking here,
I cannot live my life that way;
Lost dreams—too high a price to pay.
“Safe” places simply don’t exist;
And so I’ll carry on, persist,
And live my life and dreams my way.
This life-long dream begins today.
My joy’s determined—more or less—
By times I’ve chosen to say “yes.”

Explore the places that inspired Marie’s insightful rhymes when you join our Suez Canal Crossing: Israel, Egypt, Jordan & the Red Sea Small Ship Adventure.

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