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Cedar Crest Contingent Experiences Marvels of Egypt During Semester Break

Nearly 30 Cedar Crest College students, family members, and alums experienced the cultural and religious marvels of Egypt earlier this month, as they journeyed to the ancient land with Allen Richardson, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, from January 7-16.

The group trekked throughout much of the desert country, including Abu Simbel to visit the Temple of Ramses II; Luxor to see the Valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, the burial site of many ancient royals where among other things, they went inside King Tut’s tomb; Giza, to visit the largest of the Egyptian pyramids; and Cairo, where they visited the ancient Khan el-Khalili marketplace and experienced the Middle Eastern tradition of negotiating for goods and services. In addition, they took a three-day cruise down the Nile River.

Professor Richardson said of the value of the Egypt trip for the Cedar Crest contingent: “They experienced immersion in a very different culture, and what it’s like to function in a very different way than they do in the United States. It also gave them an opportunity to see themselves in a new way. The outward journey is also the inward journey.”

Four of the students on the trip earned one-credit toward graduation. Professor Richardson said he would like to return to Egypt for an educational excursion in 2012.