Cairo to Alexandria

Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
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Trip End Mar 24, 2008


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

I started the day very homesick but it soon turned to worry about Mum's health.

We were woken at 4am.  Not happy.  I was so tired and grumpy.  Still dirty and no shower.  The breakfast was as bad as last nights tea.

Someone has really smelly feet and the smell is going through the train carriage.  I am about ready to throw up.  I am missing Alex and the kids dreadfully.   I so miss running water, my comfortable bed and pillow, spacious rooms and meat & vegies.  I wasn't this homesick when we travelled for 3 months!  Pure tiredness I think.  I have not had this little sleep ever before.

My mood soon changed as I became more worried about mum.  She had been sick the day before last but seemed fine yesterday but today she is so weak that she can barely stand.  I had to carry her suitcase from the train and she had to stop several times from the train to the bus.  She is so weak and even looks dreadful.  I am so worried about her.

I could tell she was even worse than she let on as she was holding back tears.  I think she could be dehydrated.  I spoke to our tour leader Siobhan who agreed and said to give her the rehydration salts immediately.  They seemed to make her feel a little better immediately.

We drove to Alexandria.

We saw a factory - Ceramic Sanitary Ware -  I have never heard toilets referred to in this way before!

As we neared Alexandria there were lots of pigeon lofts.    They look like cones made of mud (sometimes coloured) with the largest part of the cone at the ground.  There are holes (often in pretty patterns) around the cone.  Sticks are then inserted from one side, through the cone and outside the other side to make the perch's. 

As we neared the Nile delta the surroundings changed from desert to swamp.  Amongst the water there are bullrushes everywhere.  There are humpy's amongs the bull rushes made of whatever they can find (rubbish).  There are also fishermen, who are pushing their boats along with sticks.  In places in looks like a maze of water channels in amongst the bull rushes.

As we entered Alexandria, the first impression was how modern it was.  Very similar to many western places.  There are even trams.  It is very clean.  The corniche (main road) is 50kms along the coast.  It is quite beautiful.  They have really made an effort.  There are lots of colorful tile mosaiics and water fountains.

As we got further into the town, there are alot of older buildings but it still looks so much cleaner than other places in Egypt. 
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