A Travellerspoint blog

August 2009

Cairo - in the city

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Our travels through Cairo were among the highlights of our Egypt experience. We had originally planned to change hotel after the first day, but the place we went that was supposed to be "5 minutes taxi, 30 minutes walk" from the hotel was actually over half an hour away by taxi. We were already in town, so we spent the entire day in town and came back at night (and saved half a night's hotel by agreeing with another couple whose room had 2 singles that each couple would get a single bed and we'd pay half the hotel cost).

We started at a souq, which had the most impressive displays of people carrying stuff on their head,
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as well as an unexpected wood factory (a rural factory in a crowded shopping district)
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and the shops and crowds you would expect.
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Unexpectedly, on the street just outside the souq there appeaered to be a sale on sheep.
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We subsequently wandered into a fancier area, kind of a gated community that was really scenic (in an urban way) with some shops.
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The following day we spent a couple hours at a local shisha bar, smoking the good stuff (flavored tobacco) from massive water pipes. The local kids enjoyed the show, as women don't smoke so Sue was probable the first woman they saw smoking.

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阿斯旺 (Aswan)

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继续往南便到了Aswan. 我不知道怎样来形容这个城市-

绿洲水乡
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沙漠
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绿洲和沙漠比邻而居,相宜的章。
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因为这里已经深入非洲的大陆,所以当地人其实已经是中东人和黑人的混血。他们保留着自己的方言和习俗。

卖首饰的老人
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在尼罗河上漂游的小孩
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成群的骆驼
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当地的民居和门口鳄鱼的摆设, 据说能够带来幸运
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集市
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我们有幸来到了当地人家吃晚饭。餐厅/会客厅,地面是细细的黄沙铺成的,踩上去温暖又柔软。女主人正张罗着给我们端茶送水烧饭。
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男主人则和客人坐在一起,跟我们介绍房子和村庄的历史.
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乘晚饭来没有上来,我们到处参观了一番
房子一侧
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陈列室
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厕所外面养了两只鳄鱼。一听有动静,就张开血盆大嘴。
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烘面包的灶头 228. 烤盘是用牛粪和沙子晒干的(听了真促进食欲!)
晚饭: 面包,鸡肉,土豆,西红柿/黄瓜沙拉。味道一般。

第二日:坐上帆船,泛舟尼罗河!
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Camel ride between Pyramids

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Sue confronted her fear of animals by taking a 15 minute camel ride near the pyramids. It was a bumpy ride, but it was fun to watch Sue with her legs far apart to avoid touching the camel and jumping out of the way when another camel came near hers.

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Cairo - Pyramids and the Sphinx

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The pyramids were big, something like 20 stories tall, but after the amount of hype on the pyramids it didn't live up to expectations.

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We went inside one of the pyramids, and the contrast between how it looks from the inside and how it looks from the outside is incredible: on the inside is a long, narrow hallway, ending at a small room with a tomb. There is nothing on any of the walls except for the name of the european that discovered it 200 years ago.

The Sphinx is much smaller, I think 6 stories tall.

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Felucca on the Nile

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We spent 2 days going up part of the Nile on a felucca, which is a big sailboat. It was a good opportunity to catch up on sleep and take in the scenery.

The effect of the nile on vegetation is amazing, as it is the only fresh water source for hundreds of kilometers. As such, the areas near the nile are typically lush green with tropical foliage, whereas a few kilometers out (and often within view in the distance) is barren desert. Quite the contrast, and it was a surprising sight to first see farms and forests after a month of various degrees of desert.

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