A Hotel with a View of the Giza Pyramid Complex

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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Monday, October 4, 2010

I have not written on this Blog for a few days.  Interesting days and I will fill them in later but while this one is still fresh on my mind and I wait for a doctor to arrive let me count the ways that this day has been bad. 

1. Got a cold yesterday not feeling so great this morning and had to pack.  

2. Forgot to empty the safe before leaving Hurghada for Cairo and had to rush back from the airport to pick up my treasures, money and travel documents.  We were flying.  Guys were really good about it and I tipped them big.

2a)  Airport security advised they were NOT allowing any batteries on the plane for the time being ( some kind of scare somewhere recently) and I could not take my scooter.  I explained politely that it was special for travel and not liquid etc. but they would not budge and I nearly had heart failure until the supervisor came out and told them to let me on. 

3.  The driver and guide emptied the car and left my crutches in it and I was already through the boarding area when I realized it and low and behold they had not left the lot and the baggage guy waved them down and rushed out to get them.

4.  Cold got worse on the flight and eye started to drip - stye I think

5.  When we got to Cairo, jewellery I bought previously had a flaw and we had to stop and get it fixed.  Think i paid to too much as the were far to nice and it was the recommendation of the guide.

6.  Got to hotel and the room air-conditioning was not working.  Engineer said it would take half hour to fix (an hour ago).

7.  I tried contacting my insurance company to get a doctor approved and got the Royal run around - after half an hour of personal questions and some guy filling out a form and me sweating buckets because the engineer was still working on the air conditioning, he finally asked me my credit card number and I refused to give it to him so he said he could do nothing for me.  I decided to call the hotel doctor who called me back immediately and should be showing up any minute which is why I am awake, anxious and need to be doing something.

8.  I then called the travel company on Skype and they are contacting the insurance company and will call me back with an approval number.  

It is only 6:00 p.m. but I have yet to have my lunch, let alone my supper and am afraid to eat until i see the doctor as I think there are other problems.  

All in all the worst travel day of my life I think, although the Engineer just left and says the air conditioning is working.  Now don't you all just want to join me????  There have been some marvelous days so not giving up by any means and I knew there would be one or two let this to test my metal so we sit and wait for the doctor.   No pictures on this one. 
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dorothy on

Sorry to hear of your "adventures' - not the kind you want far from home.

mloebus on

Oh you poor baby you. Sound like the day from Hades!!!. Nothing is worse than having a cold on a trip so hope the Dr. gives you some magic potions and has you up and about in fine order. Did you take Cold FX with you? We never leave home without it. Well things can only get so much better. So no more buying jewellery from the cousin of the guide. Hugs M

shelley on

Laura my prayers are with you and hope the doctor found nothing seriously wrong to hold you back....you have had LADY LUCK on your side this far.....wow....what a mess if she had not of been......keep rested and EAT! LOL

hugs from afar....

Tisha on

Laura, I am thinking of you.... get better quick! You are going to all the places we went to in the Spring and I get excited just reading about it all. Have fun, in spite of the down days. You certainly do have the spunk it takes.

Berks Browne on

Hi, Laura.

Hope you are feeling better. Yes, it sounds like a travel day from hell. But you always seem to pull it out at the last micro-second. Did you get my last commen? Are you looking at your email?


Lorna Dall on

Sorry you're having a 'down' day. Hopefully, a good night's sleep will help. I've been really enjoying reading about your travels. Take care of yourself.

Terri Lynde on


Jan-Louise on

Sorry to hear that things went side wise for you... I do hope that you are okay and soon back to enjoying your holiday. Things happen in three, so I am sure this is all that can go wrong for you... Hugs, JL

Trish on

Hi Laura,
An unbelievable list of bad happenings..I hope by the time you read this, the doctor has been & said you are ok, and that you get a good night's rest..Keep going! The pictures and commentary are wonderful.

Anne Wilkinson on

What a dreadful day! Hope for a better day today, Laura. You are really gutsy!

Marilyn on

And, here I had just figured out how to enlarge your pictures. It must have been a very stressful day. I can just imagine how each of these issues felt. Hope you feel better right away!!!

mary miller on

Hi Laura, Please try yoyr keep your immune system up with lots of vit.c etc. I just spent a week in hospito lwith a viral encephalitis....Had a fever and was disorientated. all they could find on all the tests was a elevated White blood cell count so my body was fighting some kind of infection. am home and fine now. Hope you are feeling better soon. God Bless, Mary


Sorry you have had such a hard day...hope the doctor was able to prescibe something for your cold so you can build up your immune system again and enjoy the rest of your trip...positive thinking does wonders...really enjoying your comments and pictures, keep them coming...cheers...Keren

painterlaura2 on

Mary I am so sorry you have had this come up. Please write in again and let me know how you are doing. I am trying to keep up the vitamins but I had so many pills to bring that I just brought a multi-vitamin and would you believe they hardly eat any fruit here. Bananas sometimes, apples sometimes. This hotel is better and I am off to see what they have today.

dorothy on

Hi, Laura
I'm glad you got medical attention and hopefully will be on the mend by the time this gets to you. Keep enjoying your trip. It is great to follow your adventures.

Nancy on

Hope you are on the mend Laura. It looks like it has been quite a trip so far.


Jan-Louise on

Happy Thanksgiving to you.. I have enjoyed your travel logs and of course your pics are wonderful too. Sounds like you are on the mend.... good news. We are having a wonderful trip too. Enjoying sunshine in ON with my daughter and her spouse. Looking forward to sharing our travel tales. Hugs to you... May you have a safe journey.

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