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Back-streets of Cairo
 

Our youth hostel membership cards got us a 50% discount on train tickets; $1.75 for the twelve hour ride from Luxor to Cairo, third class. Richard, Virginia, Dave, Scott, and I found space on the floor in the back of the end carriage. We took turns sitting, two by two, for hours with our feet hanging out the open back door watching silver rails race away into the starry night. It was cold and windy but we somehow managed to doze. When we saw the crescent moon in a lightening eastern sky, we patiently awaited warmth from the rising sun.

 

Cairo, the largest city in Africa, was crowded and noisy but Scott and I didn't mind since we knew that we would be home within a couple of weeks. Reaching the mysterious city incited mixed sensations.

On top of the world at the Luna
The primeval world in which we had traveled the past three months still surrounded us but was suddenly infringed upon by skyscrapers, wide tree-lined boulevards, and western dress and culture. That exotic blend of ancient and modern civilizations existing side-by-side made Cairo an ideal transition city.

 

We checked into the Luna Park Hotel. At $1.60 per person, our spacious room offered five comfortable beds with blankets, sheets and pillows, a huge hardwood table, plump upholstered chairs, and hot water. From our third floor window we were on top of the world.

 

Cairo was much cooler than upper Egypt and Sudan, prompting us to wear Levis, long sleeve shirts, and shoes; daytime as well as evenings. Street hawkers didn't hassle us like they did in Luxor and Aswan. We supposed they were more interested in the millions of tourists visiting the city each year, all having more money and probably more likely to part with it than low-budget backpackers.

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Back-streets of Cairo
Back-streets of Cairo
On top of the world at the Luna
On top of the world at the Luna
Cairo butcher
Cairo butcher
Cairo
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