Tag Archives: Cairo

Egyptian Antiquities Museum

Egyptian Antiquities Museum

Egyptian Antiquities Museum

A must see in Cairo. They are building a new one near the Pyramids in Giza. In 1990 they said construction would start in 1992. In 1992 they said construction would start in 1994. In 1994 they said construction would start in 1996. In 1996 they said construction would start in 1998. In 1998 they said construction would start in 2000. In 2000 they said construction would start in 2003. Egyptian Time. Go figure…

Nile and Cairo Skyline

Nile and Cairo Skyline

Nile and Cairo Skyline

Cairo is a very big city and the Nile is a very big river. I was told there are somewhere around 18 million inhabitants in Cairo. The unemployment reate is astronomical. According to the CIA World Factbook, the GDP per capita in 2008 was $5,400. To get a persepective, that puts it at 135 place of 229 countries. But the people were wonderful, the food was incredible and the weather in January was awsome, Would I live there? No. But, I will go back anytime you want to take me.

King Tut Hotel

King Tut Hotel

King Tut Hotel

This was my hotel in Cairo. Eigth Floor. Sometimes the elevator works and sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t work I took the stairs but I had to watch out for stray cats and stray cat poop, like everywhere else in Cairo. $18 a night for a double room with a private bath. You can stay at the Hilton down the street for $100-200 a night but if there’s a bomb that goes off in Cairo, you can bet it will be at the Hilton and not at the King Tut. There are other benefits – the owner can probably get you anything your perverted little heart desires and you’ll meet other Americans and Brits and Italians and French and …

Cairo Market

Cairo Market

Cairo Market

This is a picture of an entrance to Khan Al-Khalili, the primary shopping district for tourists in Cairo. Go there, by all means, but let me tell you that the deeper you get into the market, which is huge, the more crowded it gets and the less you see tourists. And, did I say that it gets crowded? Scary crowded? Yes. And I’m not even claustrophobic. There were times when my movement came to a halt and only a little nudging got me, and everyone else, by the people who were stopped and browsing. Being in that crowd if so much as a cap gun went off would be akin to a death wish.

View From Hostel Balconey – Cairo

View From Hostel Balconey - Cairo

View From Hostel Balconey – Cairo

This is the view from a hostel where I stayed in Cairo. The hostel (Lialy Hostel 8 Talaat Harb Square) was located in the heart of the downtown Talaat Harb district and was a mere 10 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum and the Nile River. The hostel cost about $5 per night and included a breakfast. What I got was a dorm bed in a dorm room with 5 other people. Don’t get me wrong, they were all nice people and I met several people at the hostel with whom I had some nice conversations over meals. I also ran into some people I had met at other places in Egypt and did some story swapping and reminiscing about our travel adventures.

Cairo Hostel Room

Cairo Hostel Room

Cairo Hostel Room

This is a Cairo Hostel Room. Nothing special. Just a room with 6/8 beds where a person can sleep for $5-6 a night. Reminds me of your basic 60′s crash pad. Comes with a nifty balconey over looking a trashy alley where you can pee when the bathrooms aren’t working.

Me and Sashu on Train

Me and Sashu on Train

Me and Sashu on Train

I just happened to get assigned a seat next to the Korean gentleman you see in the picture. We traveled from Cairo to Aswan and then spent the next few days together. Great guy. Liked good beer. Significance? I meet people on the road. Sometimes, we wind up traveling together for a few days. It’s a bonding experience. I get to learn about them and their cultures and they get to learn about me and mine. It’s called cultural exchange. It happens every day, all over the world and I’m glad to get to take part in it whenever I ge the chance.