The mighty Nile river flowing through Cairo
the overnight train from Luxor to Cairo they had turned the air con on. During
the day this is clearly a necessity to keep people just semi comfortable on the
train. But at night with the air con on the temperature drops – and the train
is cold. So cold that I had to grab my sleeping back at some stage during the
night to keep warm. This caused a bit of a problem I was told next stop Giza
stain where I had to get of – I thought the train would be at the station
within a minute – and I had to try to make my way out of the sleeping back
still half asleep and pack it up so I could get out of the train.
out ok getting my stuff together the train weren’t really all that close to the
station hence I had several minutes to get organized.
From the train I went to
my hotel and grabbed some breakfast in the process – after breakfast I went to the
Egyptian museum in Cairo. They have the best collection of old
Egyptian artefacts in the world.
The museum is
old in the central part of Cairo and they are about to build a new bigger
and more modern museum. The collection in the museum is big with all kind of stuff
like statues, coffins and so forth. But there is one very important thing missing
in the museum – air con. If I should be able to really enjoy it this is a necessity.
The most famous rooms in the museum is the Tutankhamen room with a display of the
sarcofecas he were buried in and in a small special room there is the gold mask
and all the gold found in his grave.
This is by far the most interesting part of
the museum – and the room got one added bonus – it got air con which means the temperature
is not the 40 degrees like it is in the rest of the museum. The two other main rooms
is the collection of old mummies including the mummy of Ramses II. The mummy
room got air con as well which meant I spend somewhat more time in there than necessary
to see the mummies – but just standing under the air con were really refreshing.
The view from my hotel room
the mummies room I soon lost interest in the rest of the museum – it was simply
too hot for me to be walking around in a museum. I left and got back to the hotel
– now with my room ready and a nice shower inside. You got to have your priorities
hence first a shower then of and wander a bit around Cairo.