Landing in Cairo, Egypt.... You better move fast..
Trip Start Apr 29, 2009
7Trip End May 11, 2009
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We also sat next to a very friendly businessman from Bologna, Italy named Andrea who sells Italian Marble who by the end of flight wanted me to be his American girlfriend, and I did not...and he did not take no for an answer so I was a little over Andrea by the time we landed in Frankfurt, and was happy for a change of planes to Cairo...
Our flight to Cairo was smooth as well and after a $15 visa upon landing to get into the country , we walked thru the gates at customs and looked for our sign with our names on it from our taxi driver sent from our hotel to pick us up....We found him with no problems, we were the only Americans, and the only Cassidy party..
We were expecting this HUGE hot breeze as we left the door and entered the outside of Cairo for the first time and were pleased to find that it was actually really nice out! Dry, and maybe only about 80 degrees. Our driver told us that we needed to take a bus to the parking lot where he had parked his car . No cars are allowed into the airport directly because of car bombs....ahhhh, welcome to the other side of the world....but a very safe choice for the airport to choose.
The buses pulled up and our driver grabbed our backpacks and told us to get on the bus....it pulled up and it was already almost full, and then all of these people, all locals ( and very few women) starting pushing their way onto the bus until the doors barely closed! Maureen and I failed this task three times...every time a bus would pull up, we were so intimidated to push our way on, we just stood there and our nice patient taxi driver would smile and just wave his hand,." Go, Go...!" We finally got up the courage on our 4th bus ( I'm not kidding) knowing that our driver couldn't keep up his Patience forever and we had to go for it sometime! Ahh, we made it on and he looked proud of us!
We made it to the car lot ( no camels yet...) and were on our way to the city of Cairo! We thought getting on that bus was crazy, then to get out of the lot we had 8 lanes of traffic all trying to squeeze into one lane to pay the toll to get onto the expressway! It was insane! Our driver held his cool, but others were yelling thing in Arabic , and I think I picked up a couple new words...and some even got out of their cars and yelled right into the faces of the other drivers...it was insane! ( but entertaining...:)
We made it out of there just fine, but Maureen was a little nervous when realizing that the cabs have no seat belts...these cabs are sooo old..I think some of these cars were here when the Ancient Egyptians lived here
Our hotel is great! I found it on my trusty Tripadvisor,,,,,its a small guest house on the 12 and top floor of a building in downtown Cairo in the local district, and we have a great room with a balcony to watch the sunset on!
Their is open air terrace that they serve breakfast in the morning (included) and a beautiful rooftop deck to hang out and have a drink and watch all the life on Cairo below...Fantastic ! The hotel is run by the nicest french/ Egyptian couple. The roofs here are full of satellite dishes and debris...its really quite a site!
Tomorrow we are hiring a taxi to go out to see the Pyramids of Giza...and some camels I'm sure :)