This week I embark on an exciting business trip to Cairo. Although BluSol Global has been in the works for about two years, this is my maiden voyage and seeing things come to fruition is exciting for our small team. My job in Cairo will be to assist with the final setup of our photovoltaic production line within the factory, meet distributors, meet with the US Embassy and take photos–lots and lots of photos!

While this trip is short and packed with responsibilities, I must admit how thrilled I am to get to see a country with such beautiful and ancient history. Here in Boise, Idaho the oldest buildings you will come across are perhaps a hundred years old, while Cairo is a city that has been flourishing for literally thousands of years. Egyptian’s strong sense of national pride is tied to their rich history, and I look forward to learning more about the people and culture as an immersive experience.

In more recent history, Egypt has experienced a tremendous amount of change. In 2011 revolution was sparked and the government was dissolved due to constituent dissent. At the time, I was in the middle of my Global Studies degree at UC Santa Barbara, so we often followed the revolution as a live case study. While the causes were a variety of legal and political, the revolution was largely catalyzed by young protesters utilizing modern technology to connect. Since that time, their political structure has shifted and so has the people’s outlook on the future; it is evident that Egypt is experiencing a new sense of hope and growth!

During this historic time, BluSol Global is humbled to contribute during this period of phenomenal transformation. As part of our company ideals, we strive to improve the quality of life of our customers and encourage planetary health, however in the 21st century world we believe it is important that we understand the people we are serving and what motivates them. I hope that this exciting trip will help expand our own understanding of Egypt, its people and the history that binds them together. See you soon Cairo!