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首都开罗(Cairo)

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去埃及就必须去看金字塔和狮身人面像。不过看过了也如此罢了。没有我想象的高,也没有感觉特别神秘。只能说:been there, done that罢了。连拍照也提不起太多的兴趣。

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金字塔底的21世纪的搬运工
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值得一提的是我终于克服了动物恐惧症,单独其上了骆驼
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眼看后面的骆驼头就要碰到我的脚了,还是忍不住地提起了双腿,尖叫起来。
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同行的团员当然不能错过这么好的镜头
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再来回顾一下我骑骆驼的英姿!
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比起金字塔,我还是喜欢开罗的集市和旅游区之外的居民。
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当然,我们最爱的还是市集旁的水烟店和美味的甘蔗汁。
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Posted by suevasil 15:56 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

People in Egypt

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Are by and large very, very different from those in the rest of the middle east. My guess is that they have been spoiled by having too many tourists, and so rather than being intrigued and welcoming many of them see foreigners as a way to get moeny. For example:
- Even convenience stores charge a "foreigner price", for example quoting 5 LE for a bottle of water when the actual price is 2 (foreigners can negotiate down to 2.5, but shouldn't have to -- it's a convenience store)
-Public transit also charges a foreigner price - we tried to take a minibus in Luxor, which a horse-and-buggy operator said was .25LE, and they tried to charge us 1LE
-Helpful (and unhelpful) people often demand tips, for anything from giving directions to shaking hands and saying hello. So rather than seeking out friendly locals we have little choice but to try to avoid them
-Vendors hassle passersby much more assertively than in other places, sometimes grabbing their arms or standing in front of them so they can't go forward.
-Vendors try to guilt-trip their way into sales ("you took so much of my time, when I could have been selling things to other people, and now you don't buy anything??")
-There are a lot of beggar children, and a lot of them will follow you for several minutes and touch your arm to get your attention. Some have the audacity to ask for money while being 8 years old and smoking cigarettes (the same one also asked for beer).
-The police are conspiring against foreigners. At a (wonderful) street stand I asked how much for fresh sugar cane juice, the police said 5LE then said something in Arabic to the guy working there. The guy ended up charging 1 LE, which we later found out is the same price he charges to locals. Fresh sugar cane juice is excellent, and we spent the next 2 days in Cairo looking for other places that have the equipent (massive machine that presses the juice out of the cane by flattening it between 2 metal spools)

Note that we did meet some very friendly and helpful people (like the vendor in the above example and the person that offered to pay for our drink in the same example, and the people we met on our transit journey to the airport) both in the towns we went to (though less than in other countries) and especially in Cairo when we went to the non-touristy parts. The above is our impression after coming from countries where almost everyone is incredibly friendly.

Posted by chrisvasil 00:13 Archived in Egypt Comments (0)

Cairo Transit

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To get to the airport we wanted to do it like the locals, and it was an adventure.

First we got directions to where the bus terminal was, then took a minibus to get there. Flagging the minibus took the help of a couple locals, but we eventually had success. Also, to start there were more people than seats, so I was bent over with my backpack on rather than sitting - it was the only way I would fit. Luckily it was mid-afternoon, usually there are people hanging out the doors on public transit, so 2 foreigners with big bags wouldn't stand much of a chance.

With help from people on the minibus we were dropped off close to the bus terminal, which was a 10-minute walk away.

We had to use a different bus terminal closeby to get to the airport, which we found out after waiting for the bus awhile and asking a few people.

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Once at the right bus terminal, it took 2 hours for the bus to come. We later found out the bus drivers were on strike, for the first time ever in Cairo. We had to stay on guard because buses don't have individual platforms, and when a bus pulls into the station it is surrounded by people waiting to get in. People get in before the others exit, and chaos ensues as people then try to get off before the bus goes.

We eventually got on, stayed at the front of the bus since that was the most convenient place to keep our bags. Most of the time my foot was near the base of the gear shift, which was very hot since the floor in that area was a part of a cardboard box (about 1/2 ft wide)

We pulled into the airport about 7 hours after we left, paid 5 LE instead of the 70 that a taxi would have cost, and had a very memorable experience. A very fun thing to do, once.

Posted by chrisvasil 00:10 Archived in Egypt Tagged bus Comments (0)

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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Posted by chrisvasil 00:09 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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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Posted by suevasil 15:47 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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