My last day in Egypt.

Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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Friday, October 7, 2005

Day 16 Thur 6th Oct 2005
My last day in Egypt.
I had nowhere to go today so spent the day chilling in the hostel. I went out for a walk this morning and it was very quiet, I found out later it was a national holiday to celebrate Independence Day. I got some post cards today to send back home, I ran out of time and had to leave them with Ahmed, I hope he post's them! I got talking to this guy from Scotland in the hostel this morning, he was a photographer called Alistair. He had a really bad stammer so getting the conversation going was a bit of a mission but we got there eventually. He is in Egypt for a month to take pictures and that. Nice guy, hope he finds what he is looking for, I have his website address-looking forward to seeing the pics. I gave him what advise I could and off he went!
I also got talking some Australian girls in the hostel, they just got in last night and wanted to know where to go and what to do. They wanted to know about Mustafa's tour, I told them to do their thing independently because they had three weeks. That's what I would have done, if I had more time. I know we paid way over the odds for what we did but I think it was ok because l really needed a holiday before I start the whole backpack thing.
Egypt is a wonderful place, it's a mission at times with people harassing you all the time. I mean you can't walk down the street without some random person talking to you, trying to be your friend so he can sell you something. Apart from the sales men, most people are friendly and genuine. The driving is crazy. The food is ok, it is mostly bland with beans, chickpeas, pasta, rice and of course chicken.
The place is totally geared up for tourists, there are travel and tour agents everywhere. When you go to see the sights the amount of tourist around is quite overwhelming, there are coach loads of them everywhere! I shudder to think what its like in peak season. There is a lot to see here and I would have loved to have more time.
I messed up a bit at the airport today. Mustafa came to drop me off, we got to terminal 1 and said our goodbyes. The terminal looked nothing like the one I landed at but I went in anyway. There was a nice cafe there so I had a late lunch. Now the money situation was tight, after lunch I had 26 LE left. When I went to check in I realized I was at the wrong terminal, TAXI! Yeah literally, I had to get a taxi to terminal 2. This cost me 20 LE, so 6 left. The taxi driver was a Larry, he didn't even know the way! I had to show him how to get there. Then he told me I had to give him another 5 LE so he could get out of the car park. Grand total of ONE Egyptian pound left!
I saw the episode of Friends when Chandler and Monica decide to move out, what a classic! There was a 3 week old baby on the plane called Kalifa (see pic). He is the youngest baby I have seen flying so far.
On to Dubai now and hopefully I won't have to go anywhere near the Mall's!
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