Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day one

Well we were up at 6 to get dressed (I changed my underwear) It wasn't really hard to make a decision! Our luggage arrived tonight at 9pm - the locks were broken but all seems to be there. I ended up buying shoes at 9pm last night. Shops are open from 6pm - 10pm here

Man, when you are on a tour, it is GO GO GO! No waisting time while you zip around looking at the sites. First tour is at 8am and we only got home at 4pm ...NO LUNCH! But we loved it, it is the best way to get around. Weather was great, no wind, not too hot and to top it off, it is Eid here. There is alot of singing. This is like a Christmas so the whole country is having a 4 day public holiday.

So we haven't experienced the "true" traffic in Cairo. Even so, they manage to fit 7 vehicles in a 3 lane road. NO robots are in sight and if there are any they just flash orange. Hooting is everywhere. I don't know how it helps when everyone hoots?

Everywhere there are guys asking for "Baksheesh" which is like a tip or bribe. If you look at anyone or get them to take a pic, they will ask for money. One poor Japanese tourist really got sucked. Someone came up to him to offer to take a pic of him and his 2 small sons. Well one pic made way to about 20 with 3 more "helpers" arriving. We dashed leaving the poor guy trying to fend off the masses.

Egypt is not clean. But you feel like you are in a different time. The museum is awesome. The pyramids are a marvel. Even though it looks so basic, when you see the scale of things, you just wonder how they did it. I tell you, going through all these sites, you realize they were no fools. All of this happened 5000 years ago - amazing. What was surprising, if you look at the tombs etc, the people were really small!

I got suckered into buying. I feel post purchase depression. Well not really, I am happy with the purchases, just wish I didn't have to pay for it. We tasted hibiscus tea. It is actually quite divine. Looks like Fanta Grape! Bought some pure purfume, put our family names in hieroglyphics on papyrus and got some "golden" mugs.

So now we are just going to hide in our room and try to avoid paying anymore tips to the masses outside.


Barb said...

Hi Dee and James:

Sounds like you are having a wonderful experience. I am thoroughly enjoying the trip through your eyes - thanks so much.

Enjoy and savor every moment.

Lots of love,

Anonymous said...

6am, very impressive!!!

Anonymous said...

6am, very impressive!!!

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