An eventful first day in Egypt.

Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Day 7 Tue 27th Sept 2005
An eventful first day in Egypt.
Where do I start! Well I didn't get a wink of sleep last night, I don't know why, I was tired and the bed was soft but still I was up most the night. This morning I got up at 10.30, breakfast was included in the hostel so no hassle there. My new best mate here is Mustafa, the owner of the hostel (he's everyone's best mate, yeah you know the one!) he has booked me on a tour of Egypt that covers everything I need to see. He introduced me to Romain, a French guy who also arrived last night and is doing the same tour as me. Mustafa suggested we have student cards made for a 50% discount on entrance fees to all the sights, so of we went with Ahmed, one of his right hand men! My experience with the taxi last night was memorable but it was nothing compared to the daytime, the taxi drivers of Cairo are quite reluctant to work for a living. When you hail a taxi here, you tell the driver where you want to go, if they WANT to take you they stop or else they just drive with this look on their face that says 'why did you even slow me down!' To top it all of when we managed to finally get on it had a flat tyre two minutes into the journey. This meant a half hour task took much much longer! When we got back to the hostel it was afternoon, too hot to go out so I decided to catch up with my travelogues. Mustafa to the rescue once again, he had an internet connection in the hostel but it was hush hush! The speed was way faster than any Internet café would have been. I got my travelogues up to date and had a chat with TJ and Andi on MSN, it was great to chat with you guys. I got talking to a guy from the UK in the hostel, he was on a mission round Africa on a shoe-string budget, good luck to him. In the evening Ahmed, Romain and I went on this Nile Boat Cruise. It was very upper crust, more guy-girl thing than 3 guys but hey, we had paid for it so what the hell! The food was nasty and the entertainment worse, they had these singers, belly dancers and this guy who kept turning around and dancing with a big colourful tent! The best bit was on top of the boat, getting out of the cold dinning room (yep the AC was on full blast!) and on to the upper deck, the temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze in the air. I got to steer the boat for a bit (see pic) I think Ahmed enjoyed it the most, well he would it didn't cost him anything!
When we got back I showered and hand washed a few clothes in the sink (mum would be proud!).
I think we are probably paying way over the odds for the tours but if it means we see everything hassle free, than it may be worth it. This place looks like it could give you some big-time hassle! And after the last few weeks I could do will a chilled out few days.
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