Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo
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It was amazing to be back in the warm weather again. Found at the latitude of 30º 3'N and longitude of 31º 14’E, the average temperature of Cairo ranges from 27.7ºC to 15.76ºC. Though the temperatures aren’t that hot, Cairo is a very dry city. With a population of 9,120,350 and an annual precipitation of only 24.7mm, there are quite a …
... of spices in hessian bags, windows full of gold and colourful scarves hanging everywhere! It was a delight walking through having our guide tell us about the history of the place. We had Turkish coffee and sheesha in the oldest, and most famous, coffee shop in Cairo, El Fishawy. It had not yet become annoying at this time but the Egyptian people will try to sell you EVERYTHING with a persistence that will grind your gears like nothing I've experienced in any ...
... spoke the language, haggled hard with a few taxi drivers to get a good price, but the taxi driver had the last laugh when he pulled over and took another passenger, so there 5 plus a baby crammed into the car. Nevertheless we all arrived safely, not to any house, but a rather luxurious house for Ethiopian standards, in a gated diplomatic community.
So I ended up swanning around the comfortable loungeroom playing with the baby Declan, going shopping in the marketplace ...
... we were on a bit of a timetable. After dinner we boarded the bus again and headed for Giza station, to catch our second-class overnight train to Aswan. And it was here that the fun began.
We arrived at the station around 2145, ready for a 2220 train, and were still sitting there at 0100 when the train finally arrived. This didn't bode well! While we waiting for the train to arrive we chatted, played a couple of games and apparently became the free show for ...
- And now a small leap on our timeline to the half term
holiday just gone by before I forget it, and when I get time we’ll return to
events of last term! -
We reach the first weekend of our February half term
holiday, a luxury most of us haven’t enjoyed since school, and I wave good bye
to the family, who’ve been staying for the past week.
First project of the holiday: Visa renewal. This involves
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