I had no idea where the Egyptian on horseback had taken me, but it was wonderful. We had ridden out into the desert, away from Saqqara, to an area where workers were excavating several small pyramids. Crawling into one of them, I discovered only sand, and a bucket.
It wasn’t until I returned home from my third trip to Egypt, 12 years later, and looked at my photos that I discovered that I had been to Abu Syr, a site that had not been open to the public.
I did not know much about Egypt when I made my first visit. I traveled alone for a few days, then joined a tour. What I learned I could not have gotten from books. It ignited in me a passion for the Land of the Pharohs, and laid a foundation for further study, and several more trips.