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The ultimate in rock climbing – the Great Pyramids!
May 10th, 2010 by Kate
Couldn't open my blog about Egypt without posting my version of the Sphinx and the Pyramid...

Couldn't open my blog about Egypt without posting my version of the Sphinx and the Pyramid...

Aside from Tessa developing an irrational fear of camels – our time in Egypt was awesome.  I have to say, Egypt was on my “list” of places we absolutely HAD to go to because I thought it should be, not because I was really dying to go there.

Plus, almost everyone we spoke with about Egypt was like “good luck with that” and “it is SO insane there… dangerous, dirty, and difficult…”  Needless to say, after our dangerous, dirty, and difficult time in India, Egypt was sounding more and more like work, and less and less like fun.  But there’s those darn pyramids, and all that history, and in my mind, we couldn’t very well go to the Great Wall of China and then not see the pyramids because it was gritty – right?  Plus, my sister Olivia wanted to meet up with us for her Spring Break (a month in New Zealand just wasn’t enough!) so after a few lovely days in UAE and our first McDonald’s purchase in 10 months (free wifi with purchase!) during our layover in Kuwait – we made our way to Cairo.

Egypt was great!  Yes gritty, yes crowded and polluted and, yes the traffic was a bit crazy (the little electronic guy on the crosswalk sign, he literally RUNS when its time to cross – we didn’t even see that in Shanghai!) but we liked it.  Cairo is massive, I mean like 2nd largest city in the world massive, but thanks to my dad and stepmom, we stayed on Zemalack Island which is rather large island right smack dab in the middle of the Nile.  Back in the heyday when Cairo was obviously highly influenced by French architecture, Zemalack was where the embassies were, and where the embassy staff lived.  Lots of really old fabulous houses and apartments remain, along with tree-lined streets and the coolest restaurants and shops we found in all of Cairo (and you know us – we looked!).

Walking across the bridge over the Nile between the island of Zemalack and the downtown.  That is our hotel in the background - nice view!

Walking across the bridge over the Nile between the island of Zemalack and the downtown. That is our hotel in the background - nice view!

Cairo? Paris?  I'm so confused!!!  This is one of many old cool downtown Cairo buildings.

Cairo? Paris? I'm so confused!!! This is one of many old cool downtown Cairo buildings.

Our very first night in town we made a beeline for a Cairo classic – El Sid – for a feast of Egyptian delicacies… the rabbit, lamb in yogurt sauce, fool (a lentil, noodle, and tomato sauce dish – my FAV!), and pigeon stuffed with rice and dried fruit (YES – we ate pigeon!) were amazing.  The vibe was awesome… great music and fruit scented sheesa smoke… and the décor SO exotic… dark woods, funky north African lanterns and spinning table tops.  LOVED IT!

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One Response  
Charlotte writes:
May 21st, 2010 at 8:32 am

Hey, you guys are so smart to be doing this. Wish I knew your secret.

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