2 days of couchsurfing in Caïro
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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We went with the three of us to the Camel standing place where we had a traditional Egyptian breakfast which was good. Now it's time to climb on the camel and go for the Pyramid trip. For Pablo this was the first time he saw a camel and I did have some experience with camels since I have made a camel ride on Gran Canary island. This is really a strange animal and it's quite a challenge in the beginning but we managed to do it. In about 3 hours we saw the pyramids of Giza consisting of:
- Great pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
- Pyramid of Chephren (Khafre)
- Pyramid of Mycerimus (Menkaure)
- Chephrens valley temple
- Imhotep museum
- Step pyramid
- Red pyramid
(in this pyramid we were the only visitors and we could also get into the pyramid which was a great experience)
- Bent pyramid
After all this sightseeing it was time for some lunch which we again got at the camel standing place. Since Pablo was very careful with eating food from the street I didn't mind eating his bowlwith some sort of Egyptian spaghetti. It was good by the way. Before sunset we again went by camel into the desert. This time Rami thought we could handle the camel by ourselves and we got the rope and the instructions to 'drive' the 'ship of the desert', I felt like a real Arab who could cross the desert if needed! In the evening a visit to the traditional dancing 'Al-Tannoura Traditional Troup' in the 'Wekalet El-Ghouri Arts Center' which was quite the experience. There we also met some couchsurf friends from Rami with which we went out for something to eat and drink. Pablo and I thought this was enough Cairo for one day so we went home or a well deserved shower which I hadn't had since Tuesday morning.
*For details on the couchsurf experience checkout the blog at IS Magazine (www.ismagazine.nl)
The next day Pablo and I wen by metro to the Egyptian museum. It's a real challenge to find something in Cairo since almost nobody speaks English and everything is in Arabic. But Rami gave us some hints and directions so we would be alright. The Egyptian museum lies at Tahir Square so the results from the riots were clearly present. Especially when we walked around the museum at the backside there was some serious damage and I couldn't resist to take a shot of this sight. After this we went to the Egyptian museum where my student card offered me a 50% discount, that was something I've learned from other city trips. After a more than 2 hour visit to the impressive museum Pablo and me would check out Islamic Cairo but because we had difficulties in finding our way Pablo was a bit frustrated so we split up. I walked for 2 hours through the city which was great. Saw some mosques (the mosque of Al-Hakim) and saw how life unfolds in the streets of Cairo.
At 17 hrs is was back at Rami's place and ready to pack my stuff. We drank the Dutch tea which I gave him and after a shower we got a traditional Egyptian meal prepared by his mother. It was great and after a hug with his mother (who prayed for me to wish me good luck on my trip) it was time to take a taxi. It was a bad driver who didn't know the way and didn't speak English also. Luckily I have gave myself some slack which was a good thing since the airplane went an hour earlier, so less waiting time.
Cairo, a very big, crazy driving, Arabic, hot city with much to offer and I believe I got most of it due to this couchsurf experience.