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Cairo

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  • Day156

    Cairo H3 Trail #2089

    March 13 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    After the biblical rains yesterday of over 3 inches (normal annual rainfall in Cairo is 1 inch), the city was pretty flooded. There were reports that parts of the city had their water turned off to alleviate the flow on the sewer system. Anyway, the hash did NOT cancel. Since the area the trail was planned for was pretty well washed out, the hash was adjusted to a city trail to ensure all could participate. So nearly 30 hashers turned up for all the fun. We had circle aside the roof top pool, despite the fact that it was only 60 degrees F out, and it was raining off and on. All good fun, then we went back to the start (most always they meet at the Ace Club in Maadi, at 1300 on Friday) and had a couple beers in the Ace Club and sang many hash songs. What a great time. Hope to get back to Cairo again. https://www.relive.cc/view/v4OGmPzro5qRead more

  • Day155

    Good Thing We Saw the Pyramids Yesterday

    March 12 in Egypt ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Chaos In Egypt - Thundershowers and floods hit Egypt's capital, Cairo, and several provinces on Thursday, leaving at least four people dead and five wounded, according to government officials.

    https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/heavy-rains-cause-flooding-chaos-in-egypt.html
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  • Day154

    Vagabond Update - 5 Months now

    March 11 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Now 5 months into this crazy world adventure. Have been to 21 different countries / islands, flown 39 separate flights, hiked up many mountains. Have run about 70 hash trails, with 38 different hash clubs. Crossed off two bucket list items, eaten so much incredible food (washed down with at least 100 different kinds of beer), and seen tons of amazing things. Made many new friends, and even more memories. Still have at least a dozen more countries planned out and paid for . . . as long as I can stay clear of COVID-19. Still dropping bread crumbs . . . On On fellow hashers.Read more

  • Day4

    The Egyptian Museum

    May 11, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We both woke super early this morning(see my earlier post!), so had a leisurely morning over breakfast and coffee. We then packed our gear, and the hotel stored it for us, then we hit the street. We negotiated a driver, Ibrahim, a toothless wonder, to take us to the Egyptian Museum. The new museum, being built across the road from our hotel, will unfortunately not be ready til next year (at least). It will, however, be worth it. Recommend anyone planning to visit Cairo wait for it to open! The building is massive!

    So, the drive was about 30 minutes, and asJill will attest,they are mad, but amazing drivers! We arrived to the Museum at 9.30 am,and Ibrahim went to find a spot to sleep, to come pick us up at 4 pm. All that for 150 EGP (about$12).

    The museum is amazing, but everything is jam packed in. There has not been much care of the artefacts, and most of the display labels are so old they’re barely readable. But, the artefacts themselves are mind blowing. There were two royal mummy rooms that we paid extra to see, but photography was not permitted. Ramses, Hatshepsut, all the Thutmoses and Akhenaten were there. Very surreal to see the bodies of these Pharoahs I studied in high school. It almost is sacreligious - I’m sure this is not what they planned their after-life to be. Other mummies still are stacked up on shelves, three and four high!

    Tutankhamen had his own room, with artefacts I studied at school, the gold throne, the gold mask. Unfortunately,I did not see the ‘no photography’ sign, and I was made to delete the great photo of the mask I got. Oh well! It is in my head, and was amazing.

    We wandered through the museum for about 5 hours. Too early for Ibrahim, we decided to walk to the Nile,and cross a couple of bridges. It was quite warm at this stage, so the walking was hard. We took our life in our hands, and crossed the road a few times. This is no mean feat - there are no traffic lights with pedestrian signals, and certainly no zebra crossings! Somehow it works, and we didn’t die. A great achievement, I think! There are no lanes, so there an be 6 cars across what is essentially a 2 lane street. In between that, pedestrians run across the road. It is chaos,with the beep beep of car horns, motor scooters with three people on ( the rider, his wife in her galabaya side saddle across the back, and at least one child sandwiched between, or perched in front of the rider. They weave in and out of the cars. , who miss them, and each other by centimetres.

    The afternoon was very hot, so we went to the Ritz- Carlton for drinks by the pool. It was bliss. We are both a bit jet-lagged today, after a very busy couple of days, so at 3.30, we Called Ibrahim to come get us.

    We got back to the hotel, collected our bags, and persuaded Ibrahim to drive us the one hour to the airport. He took us by way of Old Cairo, which was very interesting. We passed the tomb of Anwar Sadat, guarded by soldiers.

    So, now here we are, awaiting our flight to Aswan, ready for more adventures tomorrow!
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  • Day3

    Coptic Cairo

    March 6 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    WARNING! This entry became longer than I expected, but there are pictures this time.

    Our first full day in Cairo was basically a free day as most of the tour group arrives today. We booked a private tour of Coptic Cairo which took us to some of the Christian churches in the area (Coptic refers to a part of the Christian church that started in Egypt). There are only 2 religions in Egypt - Muslim (75-80%) and then Orthodox Christians.

    The tour was excellent and our guide was very informative. We travelled to the Monastery of St Simon, also known as the Cave church, built into the Mokattam mountain. With a seating capacity of 20,000 people, it is the largest church in Africa. There is a belief that the mountain was moved to settle a debate between a Jewish leader and a Christian leader in the 10th century where "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed then you can command this mountain to move. Nothing is impossible" (Matthew 17:20). So the story goes, the mountain was lifted due to St Simon's great faith. Other parts of the story may have been embellished somewhat... for example, a part of the roof fell away to expose a carved statue of the virgin Mary and child, that was said to be natural, not man-made. Looked a little too perfect to not have been carved by man.

    Nevertheless, the site was fascinating and not often visited because it is located within an area known as garbage city. The inhabitants of this area are garbage collectors who sort, salvage and sell the rubbish. There are around 15,000 people who live here and most of them are Coptic Christians which is why this church exists here. It is not on the tourist map as such probably because access is very limited - you could not fit a bus up the narrow alleys etc.

    Although not part of the tour, our guide (who is Muslim) wanted to show us a large mosque. As usual, women have to cover up so I donned a green hooded gown that made me look like some ancient druid. Brad thought I looked like Yoda from Star Wars. Abdul (our guide), explained some aspects of his faith. There was a group of school girls who followed me and it turned out they wanted to have their photo taken with me. A white foreigner in a mosque is unusual... or maybe they thought I was Yoda (hahaha! ). Then they wanted photos with Brad.

    We moved on to the Hanging Church, so called because it is built upon the original Babylonian fortress so in a sense is hanging on to it. It is there oldest church in Egypt, built around 3rd Century. Then onto a Greek Roman church of St George and finally Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church which is believed to be where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. There is a crypt beneath this church where they lived for a few months. At each stop, Abdul insisted in taking our photo which normally we wouldn't do.

    Finally, we stopped for lunch - a traditional Egyptian meal called Koshry at Abou Tarek (A restaurant apparently famous for this dish). A vegetarian meal consisting of chick peas , lentils, rice, pasta and fried onions covered in a tomato flavoured sauce. It smelt good and was very tasty and very filling.

    So, a busy morning. Tonight we meet our tour group. I believe there are 38 people all up, so quite a large group. Sorry about the length of this footprint and congratulations if you managed to get to the end.
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  • Day2

    Hard rock cafe

    February 20 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Natürlich darf der Besuch im HRC Kairo nicht fehlen.

    Das ist hier in einer neugebauten Mall. Aber bis auf das HRC ist da noch nichts. Und es gibt nur eine Strasse die dorthin führt.

    So fuhren wir erst auf der falschen Straßenseite vorbei und mussten dann 30 min Umweg fahren.Read more

  • Day8

    Cairo

    December 31, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    At last we're back in Cairo after exploring the East and West Banks of the Nile River where we also rang in 2017! We saw a lot of amazing history dating back to one of the first civilizations on this planet and witnessed the magnificent temples, pyramids and tombs first hand. Unfortunately modern day Egypt didn't keep up with the progress made by the ancient people. Cairo now the capital of the country is actually pretty dirty and congested. There are many abandoned buildings, half built apartments that would have their ancient relatives rolling in their tombs, piles of trash on every street, and 9.1 million people struggling to make a decent living off of the hurting tourism industry.

    Looking past all that, while in Cairo we visited the Egyptian Museum which houses thousands and thousands of artifacts that gave us an even deeper looking into this civilization. We got to explore the mummy exhibit where we stood in front of many of Egypt's past Kings and Queens. Many still had their hair, teeth, and nails! It was a cool experience that left you feeling a bit chilly! In the museum we also visited the King Tut exhibit that holds many of the gold treasures found in his tomb. The most impressive was the solid gold face mask that covered the King which is the most iconic image of ancient Egypt. It is said that if tomb raiders hadn't robbed the tombs of many kings over the years, then Egypt would have been the wealthiest nation in the world today!

    Lastly, attached are a few pictures of various temples we visited along the way that we haven't posted about yet, at Edfu and Philae Temple. Overall, Egypt was a great experience and we're glad we could visit before there is even more uncertainty in this region of the world! We'd recommend it if you have an open mind about safety concerns and take a well known organized tour!
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  • Day5

    Khan el-Khalili Bazar

    February 23 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Heute geht es ohne Guide los. Zuerst in die Stadt zum großen Bazar.

    Heute ist Sonntag und da ist nicht so viel los.
    Wir trinken erst einen Tee und beobachten die Menschen.

    Normalerweise lieben wir durch einen Bauar zu schlendern, aber hier ist es dreckig. Ständig wird man bedrängt etwas anzuschauen und zu kaufen. Selbst wenn man Nein sagt verfolgen Sie einen weiter.

    An einem Geschäft wollen wir Tee kaufen. Gestern haben wir eine Packung für 25 Pfund (1,50€) gekauft. Hier wollen Sie 400 Ägyptische Pfund ( 24 €) haben. Nein Danke. Hier wird man richtig übers Ohr gehauen.
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  • Day5

    Feluke

    February 23 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Das Wetter ist heute nicht sehr schön, bedeckt und bisher trocken.

    Wir lassen uns an den Nil fahren und wollen auf einer Feluke fahren. Als erstes werden wir angesprochen und er möchte 400 ÄP pro Person für eine halbe Stunde Motorboot haben. Angeblich ist der Präsident in der Stadt und nur Motorboote dürfen fahren.

    Es dauert eine Weile bis wir Ihn abgeschüttelt haben.

    An der Anlegestelle handeln wir und bekommen eine Stunde für zwei für 400. Und natürlich auf einer Feluke.

    Es ist eine Wohltat einfach mit dem Wind über den Nil zu fahren. Kairo ist schon sehr anstrengend.
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  • Day2

    Stadt der Toten

    February 20 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    In Kairo gibt es einen großen alten Friedhof, und weil der Wohnraum teuer und begehrt ist, wird der Friedhof bewohnt.

    Wir sind nur in einem kleinen Viertel gewesen, die Menschen dort wollen nicht zur Touristenattraktion werden.

    Dann gab es noch einen leckeren Tee am Straßenrand .
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cairo Governorate, Cairo, القاهرة, Le Caire, Muḩāfaz̧at al Qāhirah

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