Cairo, Egypt

Trip Start Sep 23, 2005
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Trip End Jul 31, 2006


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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Egypt!!

Since Sue doesn't feel like writing, again, here goes.

Cairo: We spent a few days in Cairo just walking around and checking it all out and it is nuts here. The streets are busy with people and coffeeshops are packed with men smoking sheeshas and drinking tea. A sheesha is a water bong/huka that the locals smoke flavored tobacco out of. We tried the Strawberry flavor and it was great. Sue got a nice buzz off of it and has talked about going back every day since. There aren't many westerners here and all the men stare and gawk at Sue like they have never seen a women before in their lives. Most of the people are super friendly though and we have really liked it here. It is also very cheap here, even more so than Thailand.

The two main sites we saw in Cairo were the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids. The Egyptian Museum was pretty cool and the highlights were the Royal Mummy Room and the King Tut artifacts. This place has no orginazation and there is stuff thrown everywhere with no labels on them. The Mummy room is crazy because these are actual Kings/Queens from around 1500BC that still have teeth, skin, finger & toe nails intact!! The Pyramids were also cool and the Sphinx rocks! Standing at the base of the Great Pyramid is impressive and you can really see the size of each block and they are enormous. We spent an hour or so there wandering around and it was fun, the only thing we didn't do was go way out to get photos of the three larger pyramids together in one shot...oh well next time.

Luxor: We decided to splurge and take the nice sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor (10 hours)! We spent a few days here seeing all the sights. We hit the Luxor Temple, Temples of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens & the Temple of Hatshupset. The Tombs in the Valley of the Kings/Queens were cool and here you are face to face with these crazy carvings and colorful paintings made 3000 years ago deep in the ground. Very interesting stuff and the day we were there they discovered the first tomb since King Tut, over 8 decades ago. The Temples were also cool, not as visually spectacular as the Temples of Angkor, but these are 2000 years older than those and are still standing! The Nile river was also sweet to see and faluccas would be out sailing everyday.

Hurghada: This place is right on the Red Sea and it was kind of a let down. The town is a touristy town to begin with but this place is out of hand. There is so much building/construction going on that it is an eyesore. They also try to *help* all the westerners spend their money, which gets very annoying. You can't walk 50 feet down the street here without hearing "Where you from", "Come look at my shop", and my personal favorite "You a very lucky man". Oh well we were here to go Diving!! Unfortunatly, since it is winter here the dive boats weren't going out to the further world class sites and we went to a local reef that was kind of trashed. It was still kind of fun but we also experienced some equipment failure, in some cases mid-dive, but we survived and now live to tell about it. If we had more time here we would have gone to Sherm al-Sheik for the better diving but we only had 11 days. We tried to get our flights extended but it would have been too expensive so that's how it goes.

We are back in Cairo now and we leave for Malta tonight. We are there for 3 days before flying to Switzerland to catch the end of the ski/snowboard season!

Hope all is well back home,

Timbo & Sue
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