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Day 226 – Nice Egyptians

5th May 2012

sunny 37 °C

The morning came quickly as we slept soundly in our secluded desert camp. Boiled eggs and the previous day’s bread filled our bellies and after three hours driving we arrived in Cairo. The drive had been easy; we stopped for tea half way and we were beyond delighted when the chap who owned the cafe waved us away when we tried to pay. Once again we’d been judging the nation based on the people who earned a living from interacting with tourists. The first time we had left those places completely and we were gifted with a minor but, to us, huge act of generosity. The drive had indeed been very easy, until we reached Cairo; where we found that the drivers were fine competitors for those we’d seen in Nairobi. If in doubt, beep; that will solve nothing. Everyone beeps, the white lines mean nothing and not a single car in Cairo is without a scuff on each of its four corners.

We found the only campsite in Cairo, The Salma Camp, run by a gentleman and a scholar named Samer who was also an airbus A320 pilot, out of work because there aren’t enough planes to fly. The campsite has ‘views of the pyramids’ in that we could see the tip of one of them. .This was a pleasant surprise as it hadn’t been a selling point.

More pressing than the astounding feats of architecture and forty five centuries worth of history was the fact that it was FA Cup Final day and I needed a television with the game on. Samer suggested a cafe nearby that served great juice, (no beer then?) and we made it a date. In the meantime, Kurt showed us how to make pizza in a sauce pan and we ate bloody amazing pizza before Samer and I drove out to watch Liverpool lose.

Posted by ibeamish 09:50 Archived in Egypt

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