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Travel Blogs from Cairo
It's 6 am and we arrived in Istanbul. We knew it was going to be an overwhelmingly big city but once we started driving through it, we were blown away at just how huge it was. With over 13 million people, Istanbul was by far the biggest city we had been in and just to top it off, it was nowhere near as warm as we thought it would be. Actually, it was closing in on negative temperatures when we arrived. As usual, we 'penny pinched’ and asked the early risers roaming around the ...
... soon as I stepped out of the hotel gate people left and right started offering me things. Camel rides, taxis, horse carriages, you name it. I told them goodmorning and kept walking. The guy at the ticket office tried the oldest trick in the book, by telling me he had no change. I smiled and kept waiting for my change, which he eventually, grumpily, handed over. When I tried to walk to the gate, I was nearly dragged through a security building by my hair. ...
... ceiling gets lower for humble (bring heaven to you). It was done to focus you toward the sanctuary so you could achieve the divine.
The doors to the temple were made of cedar from Lebanon and gold. The were held in place with leather the was oiled with sesame oil.
The sanctuary was the holiest of holies. Only priests were allowed into the sanctuary.
Beside the sanctuary there was side rooms representing the villages of Egypt where they ...
... 5: Full day of sailing on the felucca - no plans at all!
Day 6: Leave the felucca, visit Kom Ombo temple, drive to Luxor, visit Luxor Temple at night
Day 7: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and Karnak Temples, board overnight train to Cairo
Day 8: Arrive Cairo, nothing planned, last full day as a group
Day 9: End of the tour - we all go our separate ways.
Of course, it didn't work out quite like that, but I'll get ...
... coloured patterns later
we’re on the run again, back to the main road and into a minibus towards Dokki
district and yet unknown the teaching institute. Somehow, I’m clutching a newly
bought blue cotton shirt and it’s 2.40pm. First twenty minutes successfully
executed. Despite everything, I am impressed. It goes downhill from here though,
and trying to find the institute melts into chaos involving wrong numbers, a
bus driver scam, ...