So many people, so little space

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
Trip End Aug 29, 2007

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Friday, June 8, 2007

We had already booked our hotel and had a pick up arranged in advance...

The hotel was quite nice! (English vocabulary must really have more words than nice, I sound like a toddler!)
We had a huge room overlooking downtown Cairo and it was very comfy!
Our first day here, we headed out to the Cairo/Egyptian Museum, and on our way, guess what, people tried to sell us things :p

Now, I realize that I was and still am to a lesser degree, quite guillible, but I am slowly getting hardened from all the travelling...However, these shopkeepers are so slick, that at first, you simply want to believe that they are telling the truth because they are so nice, but eventually you just get fed up with all their sucking up attempts...

NB  While I sound very annoyed with Egyptians in this bit, we have met tons of great people and really out of the tons we met, there are far more good than bad!  SO don't take what I say to deeply to heart, just be a bit more travel savvy than me...
Anywho, one such shopkeeper was laying it on thick...I thought that he was just being a nice guy, but inevitably no, we were simply walking wallets...
These are the kind of lines to look forward to:
- "Oh I just had a granddaughter/son and I want to give you a deal for good luck for the new child"
- " I usually never give such good prices but I like you" (he usually has a staff member to confirm his statments, that no he has never made such a deal before)

That sort of thing anyways...When I wouldn't budge and pay what the shopkeeper wanted, he tried saying that maybe I could bring him a present or something and he would bring the price down...he suggested an MP3 player or something (YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!)
I had a crappy game that I didn't want and so gave him that instead, but you still walk away feeling that you've spent too much, been cheated or are a walking wallet...
So really my advice is, be careful where you shop...

Anywho, we made it to the Egyptian Museum, which was huge!  One nice thing about Egypt, is that they give excellent student discounts...50% at most admission to the museum was only 25 pounds ($4-5)...Some stuff has no marking and others have a bit, but for the most part you can figure it out on your own...There's an animal mummy room, which has gigantic Crocodile mummies, which were my favourite part...

If you spring 50 Pound extra, you can go into the mummy rooms, which have about 20  ancient mummies, which were quite cool...Incidentally for foreign students it is 50 Egyptian Pounds and for Egyptian Students (and maybe Arabs, I don't know how strict it is) it is 5 Pounds...Ahh to be Egyptian...

The rest of the evening was more or less spent at the hotel relaxing after a half day of walking at the museum...

I think that due to the mood I am in, I had better take a writing break before I get too negative :p  Cuz really it's not so bad here, quite cool actually!
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