Lybia has a long history, running from the Third Millenium B.C. when its nomadic tribes began posing a continual threat to Ancient Egypt, to colonies created during the Greek diaspora, to its status as a province of the Roman Empire, to its setting as a desert battleground in World War II. Its archaeological treasures are extensive, and rarely seen in our generation because Lybia was closed to Western tourists by the Qadaffi government for many years.
Lybia was recently opened once again to tourism, but its corrupt government requires bribes in order to obtain a tourist visa. A few years ago, Lila and Jim Dickey paid a bribe and visited Lybia. The "cost" has since risen to as much as $2500 per person, so not too many of us will be visiting this fascinating country anytime soon.
The Dickeys took many photographs, which they will share with us at the next Brown Bag meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 12:00 noon at the BLM offices on Cruz Alta Rd. It's a 45 minute presentation, leaving time for questions.
And don't forget to bring your brown bag lunch. Direct any questions about the meeting to Steve Robertson at 751-9592, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there.