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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Saqqarah February 21st 2012

Cairo is exhausting. 25 million people, driving 14 million cars all beeping their horns at once. So as you can imagine, this makes for some very interesting traffic. A visit to the RTA is not necessary to register your car. Every car is either missing a door, a backlight or a bumper. I never quite understood the meaning of bumper to bumper until now. Officially there is 3 lanes, but it appears that the locals think there is actually 6. Picking us up from the airport, our driver Siaid immediately runs into the back of another car, and then nonchantly proceeds to tell us “it is no problem.” The local buses are all old, dingy Volkswagens missing doors. No wonder! Within the first ten minutes in the city, we witness a collision between two of them ... read more
egyptian carpets
View of the streets from our hotel

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo February 18th 2012

Aloha, Marhabah and Salaam!!! Well, I have been in Egypt for a little over a week now. Internet access took awhile to show itself. Possibly because there were other things I was supposed to be doing besides being online. :) There have been so many changes within me so fast. Every day is like two or three days all wrapped up into one. Some days, to the onlooker, it may look like I (or we) am doing nothing, but the reality is that there is so much energy work being done just by my being here, it's astounding! I already was shown that I am traveling about re-activating a grid I laid many, many years ago and by the feel of things, there is no denying it! I spent my first two days in Egypt in ... read more
Le Meridien, Heliopolis

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 January 27th 2012

Woke up in Aswan to a beautiful warm day, perfect for a slow sail down the Nile to Luxor aka Thebes. The Felucca was quite a bit larger than I had imagined, room enough for 13 passengers on the covered deck and a crew of three below. Since it was a cross wind we had to tack back and forth, not making much headway. Not really a problem since we weren't in a rush. That evening we moored on the shore and made ready to spend the night on the Felucca. Interesting to say the least. The next morning it was a short sail and a bus ride to Luxor. The Luxor museum was the next stop. Containing the best of the best it had statues that could take your breath away. After that it was ... read more
Felucca on the Nile
Pillars of Karnak
Colossus of Memnon

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Mohandessin January 26th 2012

I woke up today later than planned as I hadn't had the best sleep the night before with demonstrations continuing on Tahrir Square well into the night. At breakfast I got talking to a doctor about the same age as me from Alexandria who was down for the Anniversary the day before. However, he said he wasn't there to celebrate, but to ensure that revolution was enforced. His attitude was different to the general atmosphere the day before, but he was certainly representative of what some people felt about the anniversary. I got a bus from near Tahrir out to Giza this time for the Pyramids. As we got close an Egyptian guy helped me to get off at the right spot. I was pretty ignorant to him after the day before, expecting him to try ... 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
Marching Towards Tahrir Square

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

I was woken up fairly early to the sound of loudspeakers coming from Tahrir Square. Today was the one year Anniversary of when the Revolution began in Egypt, which ended Mubarak's rule. Nobody was sure what would happen today as the military have remained in power despite elections being held and promises that power would be handed over. I left the hostel and walked around the streets around Tahrir Square. There was more of a festive atmosphere than anything else, although I did come across one or two marches with people holding pictures of people who had died. Amidst the celebratory atmosphere, it was easy to forget that today was also the anniversary of the deaths of many people's loved ones. Having spent some time seeing what was going on, I decided to head out to ... read more

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 January 13th 2012

I hoped today was not going to be a repeat of yesterday. I again, arranged things with Tareq, this time to visit the Egyptian Museum. We hoped that the entrance fee was the only thing we were going to have to pay Tareq came to get me from my hostel at midday. We set for a walking journey across the city. The museum was no more than a ten minute walk away, and crossing the streets and dodging the traffic proved to be fun. We got to the entrance of the museum, and prepared ourselves for any suspicious movement. Needless to say, there were indeed people approaching us, offering to be our tour guides. Our tactic; ignore. Simply ignore them. Don’t even say “no”, as that can bring the opportunity for them to harass you. Just ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo January 13th 2012

This is an update for everyone about what I've done since the group meeting in Cairo on the 31st. People: My group consists of 1 Kiwi, 10 Aussies, and 3 Canadians (including myself). Our tour leader is also an Aussie and the driver is South African. I'm the second youngest person on the tour and the rest are 30-60ish. It's a really great group and we all get along well. Activities: Pyramids first, then the Sphinx. The pyramids are much larger than I thought they'd be for some reason. Got a lot of photos which I will hopefully be able to post soon. Every scenic National Geographic shot you see of them never seems to include the dozen Egyptians trying to sell you tacky stone pyramids or plastic statues. The best one I saw was a ... read more
Sphinx & Pyramid
Typical Oasis Town Street

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