It is Monday, October 16. We just purchased our tickets through STA Travel on Saturday. It was a little nerve racking trying to line up dates with our renters, a friend who will be meeting us in Cairo, and getting the best deal, but I think we did it. Not only were we able tro match up dates, but we were able to get tickets that have a bit more freedom in changing dates should the need arise. We are set to leave on January 8th and will arrive in Cairo on the 9th. We will return on July 13th. Somehow charging a large sum of money to one's Visa card has a way of making the whole thing seem that much more real.