Alexandria is fabulous: Biblioteca, the Jungle, the mall?, and 50 Cent's international appeal
Alexandria Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
July 16th, 2006 – by: mchesus
As we drew nearer to our destination, the vegitation changed. Instead of dried shrubs, we saw lush green marshes. We were in the Nile Delta. The Nile, which is quite gross and unsafe was full of fishermen. It was really incredible to see so much of the countryside.
While on the bus, we ate boxed lunches from Cairo. Often times we didn't want some of the food that they gave us, so we would dispose of it on the bus. Days, or sometimes hours later our bus driver would try to sell these items back to us, at sometimes double they cost they were originally. I didn't mind buying back a bottle of water for 25 cents.
Once we arrived in the city we did the most important thing: the biblioteca! it's a gorgeous, large, innovative building.
We went to some sort of American Cultural Embassyish thing in a beautiful part of Alexandria (it was very green, lush, and the buildings were all white and beautiful) and gave our presentations about America to Egyptian youth. The seemed somewhat disinterested...maybe it was because American values aren't interesting or maybe it was because some of the were like six years old and hardly spoke any English. Either way, they loved our iPods and they wanted to talk about 50 Cent. I had the same experience with French people. What is the international appeal of 50 Cent?
Anyway, we headed to the Jungle for dinner/lunch/ an Egyptian meal.
We stayed at a nice hotel, and decided that for the evening we wanted to walk along the beach and head to this HUGE mall. it was a little farther than we thought... and, to our great suprise, it was incredibly expensive! Most things in Egypt were very cheap, but this was all, from what we could tell, imported from Europe and thus ridiculously expensive. To all women who want to go to Alex: watch out for the men. I actually found them to be worse than men in Cairo!
After a disappointing trip to the mall many of got together and watched a ridiculous movie about sharks. it was from the early 80s, completely awful, but a wonderful chance to relax before another big day.
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