Those amazing Egyptians!!!!

Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
Trip End May 09, 2011

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Saturday, March 20, 2010


First night in Cairo I went on a Nile Dinner Cruise. My driver was a 20 year old Egyptian who stayed with me on the cruise and told me about things to see and do.  The entertainment was a very talented belly dancer and a whirling dervish kind of buy.  Eslam told me that Egyptians are very proud of their dancers and most of the youth know how to do it well.  The next day, his father was my driver for the Pyramids at Giza.  He took me to a papyrus making store, a perfumery store and then on to the Pyramids.  The first set of pyramids we saw was Saqqara, the oldest pyramids in Egypt- now being repaired and excavated.  I got to go down into the bottom and see the tomb.  It was very interesting and amazing.  The next stop was for horse or camel rental, of course,  my guide had  both as he told me he had been a guide for 20 years, living in the town all his life. (girls he sends his photo – he need a wife and if you would like to come, he is building a house – he speaks English, but has never been to school – also, if you are interested in marrying an Egyptian, he would like you to wear the full face cover and robe!)  It was quite fun way to spend the afternoon as I was his only tourist!  Unbelievable is all I can say about the pyramids!  See for yourself.

The next day I visited the Egyptian museum in Cairo – unimaginable – mummies, tombs, jewelry – you name it – took the day!  No photos allowed there, sorry.

I wandered Cairo, visited some 5 star hotels just to see, looked again at the Nile, shopped and was exhausted enough  to look forward to heading home.  The only thing in Egypt is – tourists are there for the money.  It is quite a hassle and very expensive.  I didn't have the luck of meeting up with people as the Egyptians like to charge each person for everything.  I did have a really nice Japanese seat mate on the plane.  He was living in Germany as a photographer and headed to Petra. Everybody is on the move.

Back to Erbil at 4:00 am and ready to hit the sack.  Great vacation.  I am very fortunate!
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