Got back in late last night. I heard a couple of our West Virginia travelers were hung up in New York overnight, but I haven’t heard anything else about flight complications.
Overall, this has been a very, very good trip. The program of the Society for Biblical Studies isn’t just about tourism. It’s about getting to know people–what they struggle with, what they hope for, how the live. The holy sights were incredible, but the best part of the trip was the human aspect. We got to see many different perspectives on life in Egypt and Israel and became more aware of the enormous complexity these cultures, complexity that is not often shown to us in the media. If you go to these places and see the tourist sights, you’ll have a great time, but if you don’t interact with people beyond the surface level, something important will be lost.