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We had traveled the Nile too far to not see its mouth. The five of us rode the two and a half hour train for its final 135 miles to Alexandria. The delta began to fan out just north of Cairo and our rail-line followed the westerly Rosetta Branch. Somewhere in the lush greenery we lost the mighty river.
Alexandria was founded in 332 B.C. by Alexander the Great. Located on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's second largest city is an international holiday resort. Not enchanted by the westernized waterfront, we spent most of the afternoon in the homespun back-streets. At a sidewalk sandwich shop, Jane, Marian, and Liz - three adventurous American students from the east coast - walked up and joined us. They were on a six month, round the world semester at sea and their ship, the S.S. Universe, had dropped anchor in Alexandria.
The eight of us explored a few waterfront shops, the bazaar, an old fortress, and the bustling back streets of Alexandria. We enjoyed falafels and dominoes at one of the tea houses. Walking them back to their ship, Scott, the Australians, and I were unable to enter the terminal area for a tour of the ship. We arranged to meet again in Cairo.