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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City July 25th 2012

Well, well, well. Day Three in Egypt, Cairo only to be specific, and I'm still not bored. Although I've passed Tahrir Square a lot of times and it was my second time on a felucca, Cairo kept surprising me day after day. It's amazing how a city can make such a huge impact and makes you feel home, although that country looks nothing like your own. Today, I've been to Coptic Cairo. It's nothing like Islamic Cairo. Coptic Cairo was small, although, it looked like it was. The funny thing was that there was this little stair case that led you to a world down Cairo, as I like to call it. There were all narrow streets and you can't see anything interesting, untill you walk a little bit further and see churches and some synagogues. ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City July 24th 2012

Hello readers! How has your day been? Mine was great, again! I can simply not explain why. Well, allow me to at least try. We went to Gizeh and met up with our Indonesian friend from Cairo in Khan-Khalel, which is a big "souk", simply a market. First, we went to Gizeh and visited the pyramids. Rule number One: Be patient! As the quote above says, be patient. Those so-called guids push you till you agree with their prices and everything they say. We were stalked by a guide who wanted us to pay 60 Egyptian Pound each for a camel ride! The prices are at least 50% higher than the original price. We knew, so we were straight to the point and lowered the prices the same amount of percents. I am a Christian, but ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City July 23rd 2012

Salam Aleikum readers, I can simply not explain how amazing I think the city of Cairo is. Immediately when I arrived here, the atmosphere and the people's faces warmly welcomed me. Our host and friend Shady's face was very friendly and himself was too. He picked us up from the airport and brought us to his nice and cosy house. You have to know that we arrived at 3 AM and I really can't sleep in airplanes. So, at his house, I slept for a few hours. That gave me enough energy to go through the day. First, we went to the Egyptian Museum by one of the main transports: the taxi cab. Hm, I have to say... Those Egyptians don't know any fear of death when it comes to traffic!!! Totally terrifying. But anyway, we ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City July 22nd 2012

How many teens can say they did this? A beautiful sunny day with some GREAT news. I've worked my ass off at school and I certainly deserve a looong vacation! Yes people, it looks like I'm going to spend my long deserved vacation in -not one, not two, but in- THREE countries. I can't wait to make some beautiful pictures and enjoy the weather. Those three countries are Egypt, Israel and Poland. And just when I thought I got a break from all the studing - Yes! You can say whatever you want, but studing is still one thing we, teens, don't do for fun- , my mom told me that we are going to see some intersting places. I'm most exited for Israel. One, because it's the Holy Land (I AM a Christian). The most ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City March 18th 2012

Wow - still can't sleep in this hotel! It's crazy loud and was up every hour. Up at 6am for breakfast; paid for our optional excursions to the Spring Tours rep, Mohammed and then bags to the bus. By 8am, we were off to the museum. It took awhile just to get down our street as there was a mad rush of cars trying to get into the gas station which apparently was the norm. Got to the Egyptian museum for our first stop of the tour. I'm surprised that we dont have a separate local guide and that Sherif is our local guide combined with a TM. He was so knowledgable he blew me out of the water. The highlight of the museum for me was definately seeing the mummy of Ramses! I had seen ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City March 17th 2012

Well it was prob about 2am before we fell asleep as its very loud with cosntant honking outside our bedroom window. Oh yes, and then the call to prayer at 4:30am was something unreal. I dont know how these people can stand being woken up like this. On top of the normal call across the city- we actually have a mosque right outside our bedroom window with speakers blaring directly at us....meant for the rest of our neighbourhood to hear. It seemed to go on forever and once it was over, we were so awake that it took us forever to fall back asleep again after 5am or so. We had the alarm set for 9am for breakfast as it was included with our extra night accommdation that we'd booked. At breakfast we met 3 other ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City March 16th 2012

So excited to start this next adventure to Egypt! This is a first time for me being on a Contiki with my boyfriend so we are interested to see how we the group dynamic will work with us, etc. We booked flights with KLM so normally flights connect quickly in Amsterdam and continue on but we purposely booked flights with a 10 hour layover in Amsterdam so that I can see the city for myself! We boarded our flight from Toronto last night about 6:30pm. Not sure how many hours I slept but I did manage to pass out for a good portion of the 7 hour flight to Amsterdam. I am not going to blog about my Amsterdam sightseeing but the gist of it is that we walked the majority of the time; saw the ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City January 25th 2012

No one really knew what was going to happen. Were the military going to unleash a violent force crushing the revolutionists? or was it going to be a day of celebration? Were the Muslim Brotherhood and Liberals going to clash in the streets? or were they going to unite, forcing an end to emergency controls? As the people of Egypt prepared for another standoff with their military dictatorship, many feared for the worst as unprecedented numbers gathered in Tahrir Square, demonstrating, sending shock waves around the world. "CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different sides of Cairo's Tahrir Square in a reflection of the deep political divides that emerged in the year since the downfall of longtime ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City May 15th 2011

hey Everyone, sorry it has been so long since I have written a blog. Last month we decided to hop on a flight and go to Cairo for the night. It worked out really well for us all, because we all had the days off work to do this little trip. Julie, Lauren and I have been friends for many years, and all grew up down the road from each other, Crystal is another Canadian girl that we met once we have all moved to Dubai. We were all quite lucky to get onto the flight to Cairo from Dubai, because it was quite full, but they managed to squeeze us on. Once we got to Cario it was quite overwhelming because the airport is the first hint you have that this city is going to ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City April 9th 2011

It's Michael and my very last day in Egypt :-( This trip has flown by and I'm really disappointed that it is coming to an end. We'll just have to make the best of our very last day! Michael and I decide to hire a fairly nice Mercedes Benz SUV to drive us around Cairo for the day. We negotiated a deal for 150LE for the day. We gave the driver a list of places we wanted to see including The Citadel, Khan al-Khalili, and the Al-Azhar Mosque. We started off at the Citadel. The Citadel was the royal residence until the late 19th century. The Citadel includes three mosques, a few military museums and the Gawhara Palace. When we arrived we paid our entrance fee of 50LE and ventured up the inclined road toward ... read more
The Citadel
Michael at Citadel
Walking into the Mosque of Mohammed Ali




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