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Crazy Cairo (Amman on Steroids!)

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PePyrarfect Petra

PePyrarfect Petra


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From the moment we stepped into our awaiting bus at the airport to the moment we left our bus at the airport 4 days later we were immersed in a city like no other we have ever visited. The road meant for 3 lanes has 6 cars across it. Only one traffic light works in a city of 22 million people – and it seems 22 million cars plus donkey carts and tuk tuks! Cars fight for road space like I’ve never seen before. Find a metre of space and the Cairo drivers think that’s enough road for a bus. Car horns beep 24 hours a day. Friday and Saturdays here are a little less hectic – more like Melbourne’s South Eastern Freeway, say, at 5pm on a Friday night☺ Somehow though the traffic does move – and pedestrians just walk across the road weaving their way through the traffic with not even a hint of intrepidation. Luckily the local McDonalds was on the same side of the street as our hotel!

On the first night in Cairo we met our driver of Egypt Tailormade Tours who took us to FB Stables where our 3 camels were waiting for us for a ride in the desert to view sunset at the pyramids. T enjoyed the night immensely and took great joy in mocking Mum who felt just a little unsafe. The ride took us through some fairly poor housing but it was good to see that children seemed happy playing their simple games and families were sitting on the floor of their house sharing in a pot of food. The next day we met our guide Mebo of Egypt Tailormade Tours for a tour of the Pyramids, the Ibn Turun Mosque and the incredible cave church of Mokattam. The Pyramids and the Sphinx need no further description other than “awesome”. Went inside the second pyramid, crawling down the narrow passageway to the burial chamber. Our lovely guide invited us to a typical Egyptian lunch, Koshrr – a mix of rice, pasta, lentils, chick peas and fried onion with a tasty tomato sauce. Of course, T turned up her nose but we loved it. Have to check that one out on the internet. The afternoon was spent at the awe-inspiring cave church of Mokattam. This suburb is known as garbage city and it is where Cairo’s rubbish is brought to and sorted out for recycling. Apparently they have much better recycling rates that any other country. The inhabitants eek out a very small living, so it’s a poor area – a good experience however for the western T who is used to her luxuries.

Posted by adtamo 09:49 Archived in Egypt

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