Great day in Cairo

Trip Start May 15, 2006
Trip End Jul 07, 2006

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Today was a great day in Cairo, starting off with my usual free hostel breakfast of 4 sticks of bread, a hard-boiled egg, and and a cup of tea. Amazingly the breakfast hasn't gotten old, but I have been jones'n for a good cup of joe. The weather has been fantastic here, usually in the upper 80's almost no humidity (it's a dry heat). I was expecting the worst in Cairo - 100 degree heat riding a camel across the desert.....but it really has been comfortable.

We decided to scrap some of the tourist destinations today and hired a taxi to take us to Le Meridien Giza hotel, and crash the pool. We walked in with no problem, even got a workout in, and lounged around the pool with the Giza Pyramids as a backdrop. Just a perfect day. I must have put in a solid 4 hours on that lounge chair. We grabbed a bite to eat at the hotel, and cruised back to our "modest" accomodations at the Sara Inn.

Some Kenyan guy started a conversation with me on the street yesterday - he said something about my basketball shorts - Americans tend to get a lot of attention here, good or bad. Anyway, I found a place to play basketball from talking to this guy, and I cruised over there after getting home from Le Meridien. Normally, this club, the El-Gizira, is pretty busy with soccer, clay-court tennis, the swimming pool (which inexplicably had a Nathan's famous hot dog stand). The soccer field was partially flooded, so it seemed like a lot of tennis was going on. I wandered around for about a half-hour before some maintenance guys turned on the lights to the basketball court. I shot around by myself for about a half-hour before a 17-year old kid wearing a FC Barcelona soccer jersey wanted to play one-on-one. We played for a while until two more guys showed up, and me & the FC Barca kid teamed up. It was pretty much no contest, we basically decimated those guys, but it was fun. I had my video camera set up, filming the entire thing....hopefully when I get back home I can put it all together and sell my documentary to Hollywood and retire early. The two guys we played against turned out to be mechanical engineers from Lebanon and Syria, working here in Cairo. When I asked them what their favorite part of Cairo was, they had a hard time coming up with anything. It seems like a tough city to get ahead in, a fairly large disparity between rich and poor.

That's it for now, I need to pack up - leaving tomorrow for London again, then on to Berlin on Tuesday.


Oh, I think my favorite part of Cairo is definitely riding in a cab through downtown - so many near-accidents and pedestrian clippings, it's a little disconcerting. Good times.
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