Chaos in Cairo

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
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Trip End May 11, 2011


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

I should imagine that Cairo is one of the most chaotic cities on the planet. I thought this last time I was here ten years ago and since then I have absolutely no reason to have changed my mind.

Unlike in Morocco, where as mentioned there seems to be this unison between everyone, here it is more like a free for all and no one is willing go budge an inch.

Impatience appears to be key here. Stall for half a second and you've just made yourself a lot of enemies! If there is any place in Cairo at any point during the day or night where you cannot hear a car horn then it is yet to be found.

Having said this however, the Egyptians do seem to share one thing in common. They all seem to want to share their knowledge of what this unique country is all about.

Pyramids, pharoes, temples and tombs. They've got something special here that they're pretty proud of!

Obviously, this is what coming to Egypt is all about and even though I've seen the Pyramids of Giza before myself, it's quite easy to forget how incredible they are! They creep up on you and before you know it, you're right next to one of these huge ancient structures!

Admittedly, having seen the Sphinx now for a second time, I feel I may have undersold it... It's bigger than I remember and I'm glad I've been corrected on this.

I'm also glad that this time round we took the pyramid viewing one (actually two) steps further.

Saqqara was to be a big highlight but as has been the theme throughout much of our travels... the pyramid was covered in scaffolding! A dissapointment? Yes... but at least our driver slipped the guy a little backsheesh (tip, bribe... Call it whatever the hell you like, it certainly ain't legit!) and we didn't pay the entrance fee.

As it turned out, our third pyramid site of the day was the highlight. The site that we probably knew least about. A couple of lonesome pyramids miles away from Cairo, so much so that fewer visitors go there which leaves you in a position of being inside a pyramid all on your own.

The only company in this situation would be that of a mummy. I'm grumpy enough as it is after an eight hour sleep... I don't wanna be around when one of bad boys wakes up after 4500 years!!

The mummy didn't wake up... I survived... and having a pyramid all to yourself certainly is a pretty interesting experience. Giza is fantastic but you could never dream of having that type of experience there!

It may be chaotic here.. even to the point that even the locals are fed up but it certainly doesn't lack character..

And being here at Ramadan just gives it an extra edge.
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