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Thursday, January 12, 2006

On the plane from Brussels to Cairo I started talking to the woman next to me who had lived in Cairo for 1.5 years already. She gave me a number of good tips and my first Egyptian words. Aywa Aywa! Maashii ;P I tried practising them on the little 3 year old girl sitting across the isle of me, but she looked at me as if I was crazy. Nonetheless she "wrote" something in my scrapbook for the road. A painting unmatched by any artist so far!

Arriving at Cairo my mind went kind of blank, I had no clue where to go or what to do. Since it was still early in the day I decided to a) buy a map and b) start talking to someone who looked at least a bit European. Luckily, there was a tall blonde guy, I calculated my succes rate and when this amounted to about 95 percent. I proved myself to be quite the accurate mathematician: "he spoke english!".

Johann explained how to get to the center and he gave me the name of the most popular traveller's hotel. Bueno! I wasn't to sure about the bus ride, so after hanging around at the airport a bit more I started talking to a marocan family I had seen on the plane. They were going to be picked up by a chaffeur and immediately they offered me a ride, only thing was that he'd be there in half an hour. Enfin, half an hour turned in to 5 and a half hours and in the end: we took a cab.

Perfect! ;) I enjoyed talking to them though, so I did not have any problems with it whatsoever. Now... Cairo... seriously, unlike anything I'd ever seen before! No traffic rules, and people, people, people... on the streets, next to the streets, above, probably also under. None of the police man either no english or were literate, so after trying the 3rd time. A guy my age came up to me and told me he'd take me there.

I was a bit weary, especially when another of his friends joined and we walked into the lift of this seemingly disserted building. In the end, I didn't get raped or robbed at all, but the contrary. The guy took me to 3 hotels and then took me out to dinner. It turned out it was a festivity in town where they had just killed thousands of sheep in the streets the day before. There was still blood in the streets everywhere, so after smelling it and having my primary hunter instincts being actived. We went for a "Shish Kebab" - Those little wool creatures tasted gooooood! :D

After the showed me around the city center, we went for a beer in a traveller's pub and who was sitting there: the german guy of course! We were joined by another French guy later and after walking around a bit more I finally went home to go sleep in my hotel.

So many impressions in one day, the people here are so incredibly hospitable. So many little things to see... Not sure what this day will bring either, but for the moment, I don't really care :) :)

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