Close your Eyes and Pray to Alah
Cairo Travel Blog› entry 26 of 58 › view all entries
June 21st, 2009 – by: reger1520
Crossing roads in downtown Cairo should be considered an Olympic event. Cars don’t stop and they don’t drive in lanes. I saw a total of one working stop light in this metropolis as well. The objective is to walk towards the oncoming traffic while still moving across. Yes, it is as complicated as it sounds. After a pretty hair-raising crossing with cars almost brushing us, a local who spoke English approached and told us how to cross a road in Cairo: “Close your eyes and pray to Alah”.
Still in one piece, we walked past more gun toting tourism police and into the ticket line. After a small ordeal about whether or not Craig and I were actual students to receive the student discount (The Egyptian’s decided we were not in fact students, even though I had UVA shorts on, a UND shirt on, a student ID card, a Driver’s License saying I’m only 20, and a European student visa), we entered the museum.
The Egyptian museum in Cairo is home to all of the artifacts that have been excavated from the pyramids across the country. Unfortunately, I did not look very well organized and I would have much rather seem the artifacts in their natural homes. There were countless pots and scrolls with Egyptian writing.
Anyway, we made our way up to the second floor to see the mummies. This was the highlight of the museum by far. It was very eerie seeing the coffins and mummies that were some 3000+ years old. We even saw mummified animals such as cats, alligators, and fish. Then we went to King Tut’s room. Unfortunately, there is a strict no camera policy. The headdress of King Tut was gold and covered with elaborate decorations. It looked just as I had imagined, and I was in awe. The coffin itself was just as beautiful.
We headed back to our hostel around 11:00am to pack up. We said goodbye to the friendly staff and took our last ride down our favorite elevator.
Before we knew it, we were at the airport and on our way back to Europe. Security and check-in were painless and we were soon settled into our huge plane back to Zurich. It was one of the most comfortable flights I had ever been on and we got some great views of the Greek Isles, Athens, Croatia, and Switzerland. After a quick transfer in Zurich, I now find myself typing in the last row of the plane next to Craig with a free beer and sandwich in hand. A great ending to a great weekend.
We’re heading to Amsterdam for the night (Craig has never seen it) and then taking a train in the morning to Brussels to meet back up with our group to do some more travelling.
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