Day trip to Cairo
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The previous day we met up with a local travel agency who gave us a great deal on a package deal. For around $140 American we got a day trip to Cairo which included a day pass to the museum, a meal, and the trip to see the pyramids and the sphinx, also included we got a night quadrunning trip into the desert and also a day long snorkeling trip to the straights of Tiran. With this much money spent on the European agencies we could not of done half as much.
So as for the trip to Cairo, we had to meet up with the bus at 1 o'clock am outside of the hotel. We left for Cairo and was told that it would be around a 6 hour drive. A good 40 minutes into the trip I began to feel sick.
When we finally arrived in Cairo I was quite shocked at the number of people on the streets. I did not see many nice vehicles and the ones that were nice had most likely been keyed by others. There were many people on the streets trying to make money but you could see that there were alot of homeless. There were even cars that looked like had not been touched in years just sitting on the sides of the streets.
Our first stop on our trip was to the Egyptian museum. We were only allowed to take photos on the outside of the museum as cameras were not allowed on the inside of the museum.
After the museum we had our free meal at a hotel on the Nile River. We had the choice to take a boat on the Nile for a few extra pounds or to take the bus. Of course we chose the river boat. So we hopped on the boat and once again we were shocked at the water quality of the river. There were plenty of pop bottles and trash floating in the water. Not to mention alot of the buildings on the water were so run down.
After the food the bus took us to a papyrus painting museum. Inside we got to see several wonderful painting on the papyrus paper and also got to see a little demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made. I tried to take a picture of the paintings but the employees said once again that pictures were not allowed. The painting here were beautiful but also came at a hefty price compared to those at the local shops.
The next part of our adventure was to see the pyramids. I had fallen asleep during the ride from the painting museum to the pyramids. I was awoken with a shrug and looked out the window astounded to be at the base of the pyramids.
As we were gazing at the Great Pyramid a local man came forth and tried to give me a white cloth that goes over your head to stop the sun (I don't know the name). I refused but as he insisted it was free I took it and he put it atop my head. As I tried to walk away his partner in crime came forward with a camel and insisted on taking a "free" ride and that he takes a pictures of us atop the camel. Once again I refused but as they continued to say it was free the second man grabbed Maria and sat her atop the camel and Maria handed him the camera.
After the pyramids we went and spent a good 45 minutes at the sphinx looking around and taking pictures. The Sphinx was pretty big but not as big as I had anticipated. Also there was a bunch of birds on the face of the sphinx (the only piece of shade around).
After the Sphinx we went to a perfume shop where all the tourists sat down and the sellers inside would try to sell the perfume to the tourists. On day 2 of our trip (the day I didnt write about) we got scammed by a perfume seller, so I paid no attention to the sellers and just made jokes. Finally after this last stop we made our trip home. This time I was so exhausted that I fell asleep for most of the ride back.