Middle school fantasy come true- PYRAMIDS
Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
69Trip End Sep 04, 2008
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I came trudging back to the hostel and went to the Citadel, a major tourist spot in Islamic Cairo. LP described it as if it were really lame and "underwhelming", but I did not find it so
By the way, I had taken Tylenol PM before going to the Citadel. It didn't help me fall asleep on the plane, so I figured it would just work like a regular Tylenol. I was conked out from 2 to 5:30pm. I told the British guy I would go souvenir shopping with him. Oh well. Khan el-khalili is WAY too hot and not as good during the day anyway.
I left for the PYRAMIDS around 6:40pm. It was a surprisingly long drive in a cab. All of a sudden I see a boy riding a camel next to the cab. I FREAKeD OUT. I did not know that camels were so gigantic- like 9 feet. They looked so mean too! Then I saw a glimpse of the pyramids from the road. I was hyperventilating by this point. Salma told the driver something, they talk, and then a young impudent Egyptian guy came up to the cab and joined the conversation. Then he just hopped into the cab while it was driving off
The "guide" did not speak English. He had an assistant who was wearing a soccer jersey that said Figo 7. Figo looked like he was 14 but had a mustache. I was truly impressed by Figo's ability to run up the sand hill (the guide was cruising on his horse). We all rode up to a hill and got a great view of 6 pyramids. The sun was setting- unreal! UNREAL.
Then the guide just turned around and rode back. Eck? I thought I was going to ride around the pyramids or something, but then again, pyramids look the same on all 4 sides. I was dropped off at a perfume shop. I thought- here it comes, the #1 most rip off product in Egypt. I will not be victimized. The guy goes on and on about the perfume... he would keep saying "Why?" rhetorically and go on talking about the greatness of the Egyptian perfume. I have no doubt they are great but not for 60EGP. I made him take a picture and took off.
The sound & light show was going on. It was like 200EGP to get in. NO. I got thirsty and went into KFC (yeah, KFC with a pyramid/sphinx view) to get a cup of coke. Then, we went upstairs to Pizza Hut and saw that you could get a full view of the sound & light show through the window
On the way back, we took the metro from Cairo University to my hostel, and for some odd reason, there were MEN in the women-only carts. A lot of them. I saw two in the morning and had thought it was very strange. Do they not feel like their manhood has been downgraded? They were shamelessly taking up half of the seats. When we got off at Sadat, a bunch of policemen were waiting around and then came into the carts to pull all the men out. It was awesome! Props to those policemen and yay for women's rights!
I gotta sleep early because I am catching the 8am train to ALEXANDRIA tomorrow. I used to play a video game called The Age of Expedition as a kid, and Alexandria was one of the 2-3 port cities in Africa. It was not originally in my plan, but because I was so productive in Cairo in the past 3 days, I get to treat myself.
Life is good.