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March 23rd, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
I will never forget the night we arrived and a guy from the hotel picked us up and drove us to our hotel. The hot air and the chaos of Cairo hit me like a brick wall! It took half an hour of driving... or crossing like a madman, to bring us to our hotel. There are no rules in Cairo traffic. There are no two-way roads since those are simply too dangerous. There are hardly ever traffic lights present. The general rule is: try to squeeze as many cars next to eachother as the road can take, and honk whenever you are in the vicinity of another car, which is, always.
While I was holding on for dear life on the road, the neon lights of the city flashed by. Endlessly. There is no end to Cairo. Impossibly huge and the biggest creation of sheer chaos humanity has ever constructed. If you want to be around human life, here it is. It will swallow you wholesale. In the subsequent days, we had to take in Cairo piece by piece, for it has the power to drive you mad in an matter of hours. A simple stroll through the city makes you fall exhausted on your bed, back in the hotel.
Add to this a scorching 40 degrees celcius!
The first day we ran to the Egyptian Museum for safety; for Peace and Coolness. It is forbidden to take pictures in the museum, so I'll describe a little of the stuff you can find in there. A world famous museum off course.
There is a special room put aside for the two smallest sarcophaci and jewels of King Tut. These are all golden and engraved with thousands of hieroglyphs. And off course there is Tut's golden mask, one of the worlds most special artefacts. And I must say, it moved me. There was history staring back at me, from the gulf of time. One of the highlights of.. not just the Museum... of the museums of the world. That was fantastic!
To complete the day, we took the subway to the old Coptic church. Yes, Cairo has a subway, but it is a Cairoan subway. Small, rather unknown, and very crowded. The Coptic Church marks a very special period in Christian history and its remains are beautiful. So far day one...
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