14.10.2010 - 19.10.2010
Our trip actually did not start in Egypt- we had a quick stop in Amman Jordan first. We flew Royal Jordanian to Amman and waited at the airport to catch our next flight 3 hours later to Cairo. (Also on Royal Jordanian). For someone who has a fear of flying, I would say that I am doing very well so far.
So when we finally landed in Cairo on Monday night our tour guide picked us up from the airport, and took us to the Pharoah's Hotel. The name of the hotel is kind of misleading- maybe it should be called the Pharoah's Slave's Hotel- as there is no way a Pharoah would stay here. Its not terrible- just not so fit for a king. Everyone here has been really nice- starting by telling us which nudnik salesmen to avoid. Staying here is a great start to our trip- we am really learning how to adapt to the backpacking style. (for example- using a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and learning to deal without running water when the pipes in the hotel break).
Walking around Cairo was really cool. Egypt is currently celebrating the Festival of the lamb. It seems that a lot of kids are out of school, and people fill the downtown streets. We even saw live sheep displayed in the window of the supermarket!
We have all learned about Egyptian history, beliefs and culture at some point in our education. Although present Egypt seems to have changed a lot since the times of tombs and mummification- a lot of the history is still present. We went to the Egyptian museum and saw King Tutankhamen's tombs, and many of the things buried in his 3 chambers. Lots of chachkies that were believed to be for him in the afterlife. Most of it including hieroglyphics and covered in gold. The mummy room was kind of like the Bodies exhibit downtown.
The coolest part of Cairo was the Pyramids. The bricks, the stones, the shape, the height, the colors... all an amazing experience seeing it first hand.