Safir Hotel Cairo
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11.8.09 Ancient Churches, Mosques, And Synagogues – Oh My! Cairo, Egypt
Ahh, Cairo. Every problem that you can imagine associated with an overpopulated city probably exists in Cairo – extreme poverty, trash everywhere, incredible pollution, and unforgettable traffic congestion (and, like Morocco, with little to no rules of the …
... machine guns (unintentionally) pointed at the bus.
At one of the rest stops, near sundown, all the men sat in silence with food before them. I observed them through the bus window. What a strange sight, I thought. Why aren’t they eating, forgetful that it was Ramadan. As soon as the call was heard, everyone dove into their food simultaneously with vigor. It was like sprinters waiting for the start gun. They chowed down heartily on chicken and ...
... and Christians, who all gave insights into modern day Egypt, with everyone hoping for better times ahead.
Failed to pick up Arabic language; likely to only remember 'Habibi (sweetheart), ‘Alibaba’ and maybe ‘La a shockran'' (phonetic sp for no thank you)…but certainly couldn’t translate conversations around us (including the singing on/around the boat) which may have been a good ...
There is one postscript that must be added to this day (and the rest of our days in Egypt). Egyptian street vendors aggressively hawk their wares to tourists. There were no vendors at the remote pyramids of Dahshur. That changed in Giza. The problem is simple. There are too few tourists and too many vendors desperate to feed their families. Even the children are insistent and persistent peddlers. All vendors try to wear down your resistance with ...
... same rules, and as we had been beginning to wonder quite how long this desert highway was exactly, we decide that here, the best answer is probably a ‘yes’. Our drivers agree to take us in as far as the next free taxi. Deal. The decision turns out to be doubly good, as the road to the university is longer than we remembered, and for one of the first times these guys aren’t English speakers, so we’re without our English water wings to fall back on. Yesss! This ...
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