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and fascinating to see. And of course, there was the obligatory camel ride which was a lot of fun once you got the hang of it. We went to the oldest functioning Coptic Christian Church, one of the oldest Synagogues in Cairo, and the Mohamed Aly Mosque, considered the grandest mosque in Cairo. A lovely Nile dinner and entertainment cruise ended our evening. Our last day in Egypt, and off to the Egyptian Museum. One of world’s most important collections of ancient artifacts, we spent our time with the treasures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The museum is in flux, with many objects being moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is being built near the Giza pyramids. The first phase will be opened later this year, with a grand opening planned for 2022. Then it was back to the hotel to relax, pack, and get ready for our midnight flight from Cairo to Home Sweet Home. Hamdy’s promise of a Trip of a Lifetime was kept. We expe- rienced the best of Egypt—cruising the Nile River, seeing temples and antiquities, hearing stories of the pharaohs, snor- keling the Red Sea, visiting Cairo, Luxor, and the Pyramids. We felt safe and secure the whole time, and to top it off, we had the best guide, Abdallah, a great Egyptologist, who brought the past to life with his knowledge and humor. Having the trip organized and administered by Hamdy, a local native Egyptian, provided a unique perspective into the culture. That, coupled with the exquisite history of the country, produced an experience we wouldn’t have received otherwise. A Grant from the Gilroy Foundation… } …has helped foster youth earn professional internships throughout the Gilroy Community. Meet Noah who completed 60 hours of STEM training and 20 hours of professional development training. This enabled Noah to land a paid internship with CMAP-TV and has helped shape his interest in college and career. Funding from the Gilroy Foundation is connecting foster youth, nonprofits, schools and the private sector to contribute to a stronger community. John Hogan, VP Career Services, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and TeenForce Gilroy Foundation is blessed with generous donors! With assets in excess of $13.5 million, Gilroy Foundation awarded nearly $1million in Grants and Scholarships in 2017. You, too, can BE the difference in our local community. ~Noah P.O. Box 774, Gilroy CA 95021 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN APRIL/MAY 2018 101