The Wonders of the World
Trip Start May 24, 2009
34Trip End Jul 20, 2009
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The guidebook led us to the bus, which only cost of 2 EGP, and about 45 minutes later we were in Giza. From the bus we met a gentleman that worked at the light and sound show and he offered to take us to a place where we could rent out a camel for a tour
So the camel trip was pretty cool, I'm not sure it was worth the price, but the experience was definitely memorable. We had the opportunity to get up on the pyramid and have our picture taken, and had some good pictures also from a distance. We also got to get pretty close up to the Sphinx and take some pictures (though we weren't allowed on the Sphinx. I guess the most interesting parts of the ride were meeting some people from Baylor, getting accosted by people trying to sell us cokes (for around 20 EGP might I add, when they are normaly 1 or 2 EGP), having Cory's camel freak out and almost killing him (and all of us for that matter since we were linked), and arguing with the guide about his tip after we were done (he wanted 30 EGP from each of us, we gave him 10 each). They then took us through a series of shops, probably ownd by the same guy as the tour company, to sell us ridiculously priced papyrus paintings and fragrant oils (which supposedly dated back 5,000 years and smelled pretty good)here.
After lunch we decided to go to look inside of the pyramids, since we didn't get to on our tour. That necessitated us going all the way around the site to the other side, and cost us 30 EGP for the taxi (a rip off in my opinion). WE then bought the student ticket to get inside, which cost us another 15 EGP. We were of course accosted by tons of people trying to sell us various services (taxi ride, another camel ride, a horse drawn carriage, etc). We opted to walk, it was only about a 15 minute walk, not 5 Kilometers as some people would have you believe. The inside of the pyramid was ok, but it definitely didn't require you to pay 3 times as much for the Grand Pyramid. Upon entering the pyramid you had to bend almost in half and walk down a ton of stairs. It was cooler than outside in the desert, but it was much much more humid. Once we reached the bottom we walked a short bit and then went back up, though it was a smaller length. This emptied out into a large room with an angled ceiling. There was a tomb at the end, and that was it, we headed back out. Unfortunately you can't bring any cameras into the pyramid.
After we finished up here we walked the long road back to the outside of the pyramid area and then walked to the main road to catch the bus
After dinner (which cost us 9.50 EGP with a 7-up) we headed back toward our hostel to show the Brits an area with lots of restaurants and shops. Finally we made the trek back to the hostel, where I am now. It feels soo good to sit down and have my shoes off. As a testament to the amount of walking we did (on top of the saddle soreness from the camel ride), I actually have blisters on my feet, which very very very rarely happens to me.
One last (kinda) funny story
That's it for today I think. Tomorrow we are planning to head to Luxor in Southern Egypt, likely by night train, so there might not be a blog entry tomorrow. Our tentative plan is to go down there tomorrow night on the night train, stay Friday night, and come back on Saturday's night train which would put us in Cairo early Sunday morning. Our flight to Amman then leaves at 11:00 from Cairo.