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San Diego woman finally gets parents out of Egypt

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For days now we've watched Egypt come apart at the seams with rioting in the streets and historic turmoil. Imagine yourself being stuck in that country on vacation.

For the past week, Leah Anderson has been glued to the television because her parents David and Virginia are vacationing in Egypt.

"They actually spent the first night sitting on the balcony of their hotel overlooking the riots and saw the tear gas and really saw it break," she said.

In fact, last week Leah's parents called to tell her that what they were witnessing was about to make international headlines. Although Leah's parents assure her they're safe, she can't help but worry.

"My parents are nuts. I love them to death but they are always traveling," she said.

Leah recently traveled to Ireland with her mom and dad, but admits she can't keep up with the couple in their 60's who have soaked up culture in Austria, France and Turkey, but were troubled by what they saw in Egypt.

"They say it's really sad. My dad met a woman who said she wasn't able to find work for 30 years, you know, she just can't find it," Leah said.

David Andersen told his daughter most of the people he met in Egypt blame the government for the turmoil.

"My dad basically said it's really sad. He said something needs to change because it's not working, the way it's going right now," she said.

Despite the rioting, Leah thinks her parents got to see the pyramids, but communicating with them has been difficult. The last she heard, her parents had just enough money to get out of the country.

"He was getting worried that he was running low on cash because a lot of ATMs had been cut off or they had been looted or ripped out," Leah said. "They seem to be in good positive spirits and not panicking at all, but I think they are ready to come home. But they can say they've seen Egypt, right?"

Leah's parents, who live in Seattle, are on their way home, but as luck would have it, they had to fly into Jordan, which is in disarray as well.

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