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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen July 8th 2013

After I board my plane in Bangkok, I was off on another 9 hour flight. This time, when I awoke at 5am, I was in Cairo, Egypt, and it was really, really hot. I didn't have any set plans when going to Egypt, I knew that I had access to a free hotel room (with my 6+ hour layover with EgyptAir) and was looking forward to a hot shower. I made my way to the hotel through all of the men trying to get me into their taxi and give me tours, and it felt good to just lie down in a bed for a few minutes. After a shower, I headed to the lobby and send a few emails and set up a tour so I could go out and see the area. I made ... read more
Check this off my bucket list!
Down the Tunnel

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen December 17th 2012

Cape Town Since leaving oceans I have tried to tick of my list of things to do in South Africa. One of these was to walk up Table Mountain in Cape Town. I made it on my third attempt and through no fault of my own since the very characteristic table cloth (a cloud) was capped on top the other times I tried. But anyhow after three days in CT at the River Lodge BP I and Rafael made the walk to the top. After a two hour walk, rather steep, we reached the top and were greeted by a magnificent view of the city from 1060 meters above sea level. If you ever get here get to the top! Last weekend After this short time in CT I took the bus back to Mossel bay ... read more
Cango caves
Meet the ostriche
it's a LION!!!

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen December 13th 2012

EGYPT Well Cairo was certainly an eye opener. It is the most filthy place - it is hard to believe its residents have such little regard for the place they live. In some of the canals around the city so much rubbish has been thrown in them there is no longer any water. In others they haven't quite got that far but there are dead horses in them among other things. They city is shrouded in a cloud of dust and pollution. This along with the constant cigarette smoke everywhere (including through the hotels) meant we came out of Cairo feeling pretty grotty. But despite it's downfalls Cairo is still a place to experience. It is teeming with people - 25 million - and there is such a mix of old and new. You drive along ... read more
The Pyramids
More Catacombs

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen November 9th 2012

Last nights sleep was a bit broken up, I managed to get to sleep at 9.30pm, woke up gasping for air about 12.30am, turned the aircon on after beating my top score in Subway surfer (yeah that's right Rory, Im insane lol) and fell asleep about 3am. I'm finding it difficult on drift off to sleep with all the honking. I tell you what, I now know why they made the rule in nz that your not allowed to honk between 7pm and 7am lol. Anyway, I wake at 8.30am, as I'm lying there deciding whether to get up now or wait closer till 11am (meant to be meeting tour guide) I hear someone unlocking my door, for those of you that know me, I fright very easily when this sort of thing happens, so what ... read more
Muhammad Ali Mosque
Muhammad Ali Mosque
Repping the Green Hood

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen October 18th 2012

Well we have completed our desert mission and done our first meaty travelling across Egypt. Siwa was great, totally different from Cairo, small, dusty, hot and as many donkey and carts as pickup trucks. We had a relaxing trip milling around the town on foot and battered pushbikes, ate plenty of nice food (especially fire grilled chicken) and drank a lorra lorra water. The highlight of the trip was an excursion by jeep into the desert where we saw dunes as you'd want them to be and were scared (me more than Alice) by some very fast, very steep descents of dunes 40+ metres high in the Landcruiser. We slept out by a fire under a million stars and woke up cold, damp and mosquito ravaged but pleased to have seen the edge of the sea ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen September 3rd 2012

Day 2 – Cairo, Egypt 9/2/12 Today was great in Cairo. The tour group met in the main lobby for breakfast before we headed out to the pyramids. The breakfast was buffet style and had lots of falafel! We had our breakfast, coffee and juice and headed to the great pyramids of Giza. When we arrived at the pyramids, there were lots of people there trying to sell us things immediately. Our tour guide told us to be firm with them and to keep saying no, because we can get better deals when we go to Luxor and Aswan, which we will be doing tomorrow. The guys were very pushy and were actually kind of annoying, but we were successful at not buying anything. The area was surrounded by camels, men in long shirts (for lack ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen February 1st 2012

I arrived back in Cairo at about 6 a.m. and walked back to the Canada Hostel I had stayed in before. I went to bed for a couple of hours and then got up to go try and get my Sudan visa sorted. The Sudanese Embassy is in an area of the city where there had been a few clashes the night before so some of the roads in the area were closed off. When I got there, the Embassy was pretty full, mostly of Sudanese people I think, but there was nobody at the service desks. After waiting around for a few hours, I was told I wouldn't be able to apply for a Visa that day and that I should come back tomorrow. They also told me it would take at least three days. ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen January 24th 2012

Having finally managed to pull myself away from Dahab, I got the nightbus with Josh who I had met at Penguin. The fact he has lived in Cairo definitely took the edge off arriving into this city of chaos after a nightbus from Dahab, which seemed like a dream after a few hours. I checked into the Canadian Hostel, which is just off Tahrir Square. We went for a look around Tahrir square, got some breakfast and then met up for coffee with one of Josh's mates. Later, I walked out to Islamic Cairo and checked out Khan El Khalili. Walking through Cairo is an adventure in itself. Crossing the street is taking your life in your hands, but I've become quite adept at using other people as buffers. Another thing about walking around Cairo is ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen March 20th 2011

Hey all!! Slept fine last night despite calls from the nearest minaret at half four and half seven!! We all got up early to meet with our driver and guide for Cairo, Mina. He was out of Cairo on holiday in Singapore when the protests in Egypt broke out and couldn't get back for a month!! However he was able to tell us a great deal. We first went to Cairo tower for panoramic views across the city, it was a bit smoggy but the Nile looked nice and the old fashioned houseboats which were moored alongside. We went to the zoo and ended up feeling up like the animals themselves as we attracted more attention from the locals- a big group of seven white people!! However everyone was very friendly and even in passing were ... read more
feeding the animals in Giza Zoo
hawker at work
khan-el-khalili souk

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen March 19th 2011

Hello from Africa/the Middle East!!! I arrived in Cairo international airport at 16:20 after a very smooth flight. Taxied in past the uncomfortable sight of a plane that had obviously skidded off the runway years ago- don't fly with Pharoh airlines!! I met an interesting guy on the way over who works as a security consultant on container ships through the Red Sea. I was met by a hotel representative at the airport which was great as I wouldn't have had a clue how to get my Egyptian visa without him, and had an hour long journey across Cairo with a man called Mahmoud. Saw a few sights along the way!! Survived Cairo traffic they have a very interesting system of getting where they went to go- lanes of traffic opening up where there wasn't lanes ... read more

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