The Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum
Trip Start May 04, 2011
125Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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Due to crazy traffic of cars, donkeys, tuk tuks, local van/bus, motorcycles and people just walking randomly in between, it took us 1.5 hours to arrive to Tahir Square (where the revolution protests took place) and also where the Egyptian Museum is located. Passing over the bridge and along the Nile it looks like just another city plaza until I see the completely burned out building sitting next to the museum. The truth is all that the revolution served to do is hurt the tourism industry and make for more poverty.
For example Wael, a guy I met on CS, told me that he was a victim of robbery
In the meantime, Nasser took me through the Egyptian museum highlighting the important pharaohs and the significance of the hieroglyphic scenes. Then he gave me time to peruse on my own, focusing on the most impressive treasures in the museum; the room dedicated to King Tutankhamen. The interesting thing was to see that he is the only King with gold treasures preserved still in Egypt’s possession. Also interesting were the multiple wood coffin huts, four in total, built to fit one inside the other, actually built and assembled within the tomb itself. Then the two jewel lined wooden coffins that housed the third solid gold mummy coffin and finally studying the famous gold mask.
The afternoon was spent once gain at Mini mall planning the rest of my tour in Egypt with the agency that Nasser works with
This was a good opportunity for me to utilize CS, meet some local peers and hopefully see a little of the Cairo nightlife. I got two prompt replies. One from Wael, informing me that he was already hosting a couple of guys but that he is available to meet for a drink and another positive reply from Mohammad aka Mo who not only offered me a place in his family home but could take me to the airport at 5:00AM.
Wael, a native from Cairo got super lost coming to the Mini Mall café that it took him two hours to arrive. After schmoozing with Nasser, we headed downtown where we met up with Mo and the three of us went for a drink at Four Bells, a cool lounge club/restaurant/terrace. It was fun to actually experience a little night life in Cairo. In preparation for a 4:00AM wake up call, we called it an early night by 2:00AM.