I'll soon get to work retrieving our money for this second non-trip to Egypt. I'm eating Wheaties to fortify myself for the task, which I expect will sap a ton of time and energy. But I will, eventually, get my money back, as I followed the advice I gave in my earlier Egypt posts: I bought travel insurance.
This time I opted for a policy from M.H. Ross, again purchased through the excellent online agency InsureMyTrip.com , and I paid a little extra for additional coverage for "cancellation for any reason." I must have felt something in my bones, because, had I not purchased this extra bit of protection, my trip cancellation coverage would not have covered us for this cancellation. Terrorism is covered; civil unrest is not. I'll invoke the "for any reason" clause when I submit my claim.
I'll also have to return the several hundred dollars' worth of Egyptian pounds that I bought from Travelex. I always get some paper currency before I land in a country so I'm self-sufficient upon landing, should banks, foreign exchanges and/or ATMs be closed or hard to find. Having a small stash of local cash gives me power and peace of mind.
I'll get to Egypt some day. It's just not in the cards right now. I'll watch the momentous, history-making developments from here in Boston, on my TV and computer screens, and I'll root for the Egyptian people.
My sister Lisa sent me an email last night: