4 days in cairo

Arrived safely early in the morning on monday and headed via metro to our beautiful hotel.
A long lunch at pottery cafe then a couple of hours in the Egyptian museum, the highlight being the Tutankhamen exhibit, including the death mask.
Tuesday was spent admiring the pyramids. We felt very proud of ourselves after having navigated our own way there by bus. We also trekked to the Giza plateau for photo opportunities without the assistance of a vehicle or animal! We’re definitely benefitting from the cooler temperatures of Cairo, which we estimate to be a very pleasant and comfortable 30 degrees.
Wednesday; a day beside the sea in Alexandria! A visit to the library, which took 17 years to build at a cost of $355 million. The library’s architecture aimed to revive the legendary “mother library” of antiquity. Pictograms, hieroglyphs and letters from every alphabet are carved on the exterior to evoke the diversity of knowledge embodied in the ancient library and the aspirations of the new one. Dinner was of course fish and chips!
Thursday; we finally met Nesirin this morning, the international commissioner here who organised our trip. We also met the head of the Egyptian Guide Association. They were very keen to hear about our experiences here. We also briefly met a group of rangers so it was out again with old faithful, edelweiss and ram sam sam. It’s amazing how quickly you can make friends with a smile and a sing song! After our brief visit to the federation we were taken to a scout celebration which was held to mark the end of a water purification project they have been working on. Again our celebrity status required a conversation with the press and many photographs!
We spent the afternoon shopping in the fabulous bazaar in islamic Cairo, Khan al-khalili, which offered a vast array of beautiful things to buy, it seemed quite different from the Souqs we had experienced so far! We wandered through Islamic Cairo to take in the architecture and the atmosphere and then walked back through the hustle and bustle of the ‘real Cairo’: street vendors jostling with cars and pedestrians, selling everything you can imagine, with the smells of corn on the cob, sweet potatoes and popcorn emanating from various carts. Not another tourist in sight, just the 5 of us, in uniform!
Our last night together was at Zamalek, by the Nile. A luxurious suburb of Cairo where we went to L’aubergine for our last meal, a delicious selection of delicacies that seemed to bridge the gap between English and Egyptian fare.

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