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Amur our Guide

We had departed BKK at 12:45am and were due to arrive in Cairo at 5:30am, so we thought we could get alot done on our first day and that was the goal. Once we landed and got situated with our luggage and visas (the visa was $15 USD) it was on to look for a cabbie.  Now this cabbie we had big plans for, he was going to have to do the following; find us a reasonably priced hotel room, take us to all the sights, and wait for us while we were there. We found a guy named Amur who was up for the task at hand- he found us a room at The King Hotel a 3 star place (that was the way he classified all hotels, not price range), agreed to drive us around till 3pm, and guaranteed a great day in beautiful Cairo.

witchman?
Once we got to his cab he immediately offered Joe and I a cigarette, we took them and all enjoyed a nice smoke on our way to the hotel. Upon arrilval at our hotel we noticed the two armed guards and metal detector at the entrance, a bit alarming, but standard operating procedure for Egypt as we would find out after time. They got us checked in right of way and Amur said he would wait for us in the lobby as we got ready for Cairo.

We first went to the Pyramids and the Sphinx which was right outside the city.

climbing to the top
Amur said we needed breakfast and that would be his treat to us, so we obliged and headed off to score some breakfast Egypt style. He took us to a little place that was next door to the camel/horse stable for rides around the pyramid and thus the "semi-hustle" was on. He bought about 9 pita wraps for the three of us- 3 potatoes, 3 falafels, and 3 beans. It seemed a little excessive, and then Joe thought it was a bad idea to eat at a place next to a filthy stable and only ate one pita. So not wanting to offend Amur I ate the rest of Joes wraps and left feeling quite stuffed, overall they were very good and I did not get ill. Next stop was the stable and dealing with the camel/horse guys- we must have declined the offers ten times, but after the price came down every time we took them up on their offer, we took the horses instead of camels. The weird thing was they kept talking about these "witchmen" who would be bothering us around the pyramids and how their guide would keep them away- I was looking forward to seeing these guys. It turned out to be a pretty good idea to take the horses as the pyramids were far and the sand didn't seem like the kind that one wants to walk in alot. Our guide was a good dude as well, he yelled at some people, I think the witchmen were just the guys who tried to hustle you up around the pyramids, no spells were cast. The pyramids and the sphinx were really cool and since we were there early it was not that crowded with tour buses yet. Another cool thing was at the end of the tour the guide got us on a pretty good run with the horses, I've rode a horse twice and we were moving quite fast(at least for me) and that was scary.

Our next stop was cruising around old Cairo and checking out some impressive mosques with Amur. I couldn’t tell you what they were all called but they were all huge and awe inspiring.

Cairo nights-on top of the King Hotel
The first one we went to had an entry fee- but Joe and I were low on the pounds because we had just paid Amur, and we knew he had gotten paid by the stable guy for bringing us there, so we put the squeeze on him and called him out on that. We did this and had him pay for our entry into the mosque- he had no problem with this and said he'd do the same as us, the Egyptians certainly don’t mind some bartering.

We eventually made our way home back to the King Hotel to do some relaxing and TV watching. They had a few movie channels so that was cool and Wi-Fi downstairs in the lobby. I ended up getting some chicken and beef schwarmas from around the corner at some street vendor- really good stuff. and then getting a beer on the roof of the King Hotel. The bar on the roof is a cool place with a great view of the skyline but there were never too many people up there.

 

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Amur our Guide
Amur our Guide
witchman?
witchman?
climbing to the top
climbing to the top
Cairo nights-on top of the King Ho…
Cairo nights-on top of the King H…
food stand located next door to Ca…
food stand located next door to C…
the nile
the nile
Amur our guide
Amur our guide
these dudes were everywhere
these dudes were everywhere
I enjoyed way too many smokes in E…
I enjoyed way too many smokes in …
the King Hotel- not too shabby
the King Hotel- not too shabby
Amurs cab
Amurs cab
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nice guy
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