Alexandria

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


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Alexandria is different to the other parts of Egypt we have visited. The Greek and Italian influence can be seen in the people and they speak with a different accent to other parts of Egypt.  It is not as English friendly.  The people seem to speak even less English and there are less signs in English.

Mum got very upset trying to order a sandwich.  I was having a shower (cold but not by choice) and sent her to get a chicken sandwich for lunch.  She was given the run around and nobody could understand her.  When she finally got a menu, she thought it was in arabic (she left her glasses at the hotel) so came back without lunch and I could tell she was upset.  The illness is getting her down and we really need some sleep.

The roads are very busy here too.  We were warned not to try to cross the main road and to use the subways, as unlike Cairo the traffic here will not stop and will instead run you down.  It was quite entertaining sitting in a cafe and watching the traffic.  A car clipped a cart and the donkey driver was thrown off.  The cart ran over him and the donkey took off into oncoming traffic.  Luckily the donkey and driver avoided major injury as the traffic did stop. 

We went to a very boring museum.  At one stage Mum sat on the floor as she thought she would faint.  I gave her more rehydration salts but she remains weak and faint.

It is a strange feeling to worry so much about mum.  She has always been such a strength to me that it feels so strange for me to be worrying about her the same way I would my children.

We then went to Pompeys Pillar and the Roman catacombs.  There was a spiral staircase down to the catacombs and I was once again surprised by Mum's stamina.  The catacombs were very interesting. Pity we couldn't take photo's.  It looks like a huge morgue built underground.  The bottom layer is in water (ground water has risen) and they pump it out to preserve the catacombs.  The engravings are a combination of Roman and Egyptian.

Today is Mohammeds birthday so a public holiday. The town really came alive at night.

The Beaches here are pristeen, so white and clean.  To go on the beaches you need to pay 10 Egyptian Pounds or $2 Aussie.  Paying works as there is a big difference in cleanliness between the free beach and where you need to pay.

Mum has learnt the Egyptian numbers.

I can't remember if I have previously mentioned the "Pound of Pee".  This is a saying our tour group use alot.   Everytime you go to the toilet in Egypt, you need to pay One Egyptian Pound.  Hence the Saying!

We went to a local restaurant and had a lovely tea.  I wanted Mum to try Shisha but she feels so unwell that she doesn't want to do anything that could make her feel worse.
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