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n South African Gastroenterology Review - AMAGE - Cairo
Dear Prof Reid and the SAGES team
I would like to thank you all for sponsoring our trip to Cairo for the recent AMAGE Gastroenterology congress. I had never before been to Egypt and as such the experience was fascinating. A city of some 20 million people seems to function well by various degrees of organized chaos, with the six lane traffic crawling along highways originally intended for three lanes. Kilometers of apartment blocks make space the one commodity everyone is keen to acquire. The luxurious hotels we were accommodated in being in stark contrast to most of the local homes and apartments. In between all the hectic activity of a modern African city are constant reminders of the magnificent past that the Egyptian people originate from, and remain so proud of. The various rulers of the different dynasties have each added to the architectural, religious and cultural influences, some of which are fortunately still visible.
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