Day 3 of the big E

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

The big E: Day 3

Today we went to the pyramids. THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA! While they were the same as I remember however it was more built up and touristy I feel. We spent a lot of time walking around in the hot hot hot sun, I am 98% sure I got heat stroke or sunstroke. After the pyramids we went out to lunch, again buffet style. After lunch, we went to another governmental run/tourist trap clothing store. Our second to last event and highlight of the trip was a felucca (sailboat) ride on the Nile. It was so relaxing; we had music playing and a light breeze to cool us off. After the sailboat ride we went to the bazaar and walked around for a little bit before we were hustled back to the hostel to catch our flight back!

Over all, I had a blast going. It was a lot of stuff packed into a very short time and everyone got sick from all the pollution and change of climate. While being American with everyone trying to get your attention or marry you was annoying at times, I only had one experience where I felt uncomfortable. One of the nights, walking around in a dress with my shoulders covered, in a non touristy place near our hostel, every man we walked past was whistling, shouting, and trying to get our attention while the women were saying God disapproved of our choices and were giving us strange looks. While my dress wasn't revealing and my shoulders were covered, from my knee down was exposed. Other than that one experience the Egyptian people were very hospitable and friendly. Every time we entered a restaurant or shop we were always offered a welcome drink. All three of the days, Aya joined us for part or all of our tours. It was so wonderful learning from someone our age living in Cairo about the typical lifestyle and about the Muslim religion. She was such a sweetheart and so friendly. It was also helpful having someone who spoke Arabic while we were negotiating prices at the bazaar.  
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