Hot, hot Cairo!

Amy and I arrived in Cairo on Thursday and have been trying to get over this horrible jet lag.  Seven hour naps during the day and marathon card playing until the wee hours.  Today, I actually set my alarm for an afternoon nap.  We will hopefully get a full night’s rest tonight.  Our hotel is wonderful and our room opens to the pool.

I met our tour guide, Marwuan, on Thursday (Amy was sleeping).  He gave me a map of the area and a sheet with useful Arabic phrases.  So far we are really good at saying “No, thank you”.  On the map, it shows a “deaf KFC” next to a “fussy atm”.  What is a “deaf KFC”?!  We did make it through two Egyptian meals before we headed to that KFC where everyone is hearing impaired (go figure!) and you had to point at what you wanted.  It did make ordering easy.  It’s a great concept KFC is doing because deaf people in Egypt would not have a job otherwise.  Prejudice is apparent as when we entered some guy on the street told us they were idiots and that we cannot talk to them.  Luckily, we remembered the sign language for “thank you”.  So, ha ha, ignorant man we communicated with them.

On a simlar note, food is really cheap here.  On our first night we went to a take-away place and ordered two kosharies and two drinks and price came to under $5.  There was so much food.  I got Amy on videotape eating her first Egyptian meal.  Quite entertaining (if you know Amy you know what I’m talking about)!

Amy is adjusting well (for those who don’t know this is Amy’s first trip overseas).  But, it was comical when she realized Egypt and Cairo was much more than one story mud huts.  Yes, Cairo has skyscrapers.  Oh, and we got to see the Pyramids from the airplane during our descent.  And Amy is quite the bargainer.  We went to the bazaar today and Amy bought a couple of things and did her thing by driving the price down much better than me when I first started out.  She was really pleased when I told her the approximate cost in US dollars.

So far we’ve only seen a couple of minor Cairo sights.  We hired a taxi one day and went to Old Cairo (where the Christians and Jews lived) and the Citadel where Amy got to go inside her first mosque.

Tonight we meet our tour group and tomorrow we’re off to the premier Cairo-area sights – the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum.  We are both looking forward to the start of the tour and not having to plan our days and plus it will force us to stay awake during the day.

Everyone is welcoming saying “welcome” as we walk by much like when I was in Morocco.  One guy wants us to tell everyone in America that “Egypt is safe.”  And I would like to say that it is hot, hot, hot!!


5 Responses to “Hot, hot Cairo!”

  1. 1 Mom July 7, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Glad to see you both made it there OK. But come on, get out of bed. You didn’t go all that way just to sleep in Egypt. I can only picture Amy eating her first meal, can’t wait to see it on tape. Take Care.

  2. 2 Rich July 9, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Hey, hope you gals are having fun. I miss you and love you both. stay safe


  3. 3 Kathy July 10, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    LMAO I can’t wait for more stories about your adventures with Amy 🙂

  4. 4 mandy July 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    i’m so jealous!! make sure to drink lots of water! are you going to climb the pyramids??

  5. 5 Michelle July 14, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Hey glad to see you too made it okay. Just got back from vacation so i’ve been going through your blog.. have a good time and looking forward to seeing pictures.

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