Cairo: what an adventure!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2005
Trip End Mar 13, 2006

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Monday, September 26, 2005

We were so excited to meet our friends Danny & Emily Kapic in Egypt. Both Matt and I were in need of some friend time and fellowship for 2 weeks with great friends. Our time with them was full of laughs and adventures.

Our first morning in Cairo we hit the most popular sight in all of Egypt and one of the top sights in the world. It is the only remaining sight from the seven wonders of the ancient world:
The Pyramids! The pyramids are among the largest man-made constructions ever built. Each block weighs 2 tons each and each is 8 feet high. They were built in the 25th century BC. We were overwhelmed by their size and didn't realize just how big they are until we were standing underneath them. We hoped aboard four camels and headed off with our guides to see them from afar in the Sahara desert. It was a hot ride being 108 degrees out, but what a memory! Who knew that riding a camel could be so uncomfortable between the legs but so memorable at the same time.

Before seeing them with our own eyes we thought they were out in the middle of the desert. Little did we know that they are located right on the edge of town. This is an incredible satelight image of it from above.

One of the best views was from the Pizza Hut across the street where we watched the Sound and Light Show at the end of our visit. I found this photo online which we still need to pull off our camera:

After three hours out in the desert we headed off to the Cairo Museum to fulfill one of Matt's pet a lion! A girl from our safari told us that if you pay the zookeeper $10 he will let you touch pretty much any animal in the zoo over a few hour period. For this small sum we got to be up close and personal with the following animals:
-pet a 1 year old lion
-held a white python and baby alligator
-fed a monkey snacks out of our pockets
-fed a giraffe carrots off the top of our heads and from our mouth to his long tongue
-fed three hippos
We need to get a better internet connection when we will upload some of these photos, they are classic!

We also got to visit the crazy Khan-al-Khalili market. It was chaotic and crowded but fun. After this busy day in Cairo we headed off on what was probably the worst overnight train experience we have had on our trip. Luckily Danny & Emily are seasoned travelers after they did a similar trip to ours 2 years ago. Needless to say, we were horribly uncomfortable and exhausted by the time we reached our next destination but after such a memorable day it was fine.
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