April 2014. We went to Cairo, my father and I. By that moment we were living in Germany and it was super cold up there, so we decided to go to Egypt to sunbath a bit and see the pyramids, which was his dream since always. It was kind of unplanned, so we didn’t look much on the internet neither things to do, nor the political situation around there (which by now I understand to be something relevant to look up when you plan to go abroad). My only plan by then was wearing shorts and enjoy the weather (which didn’t happen, once everybody in the street wears really conservative clothes, so it is not really advisable to wear shorts or summer tops)
We arrived at Cairo’s airport and we got a taxi to the hotel. As soon as the taxi driver started talking to us he said: “You are really brave to come to Egypt”, but we didn’t bother much and started talking about the weather and stuff to visit there. That is a great thing actually, almost everybody there speaks English (at least around the tourist area).
The day after we went to Cairo (the hotel was in Gyza, right next to the pyramids), and the traffic already scared us. There was people everywhere on the highways, constructions sites unfinished and holes everywhere on the road. But the weather was really nice, so first item checked.
Then, we thought it would be nice to visit the Cairo’s museum, which is really famous and carry more than half of all Egypt’s cultural/artistic treasure. Arriving in the museum’s garden there was dozens of men trying to sell all types of things everywhere. And they insisted a lot for us to see and touch the stuff they had (important lesson: if you do not intend to buy, don’t touch it!). And actually one of them got my father to get one of his “papiros” and then made us buy it for 10 bucks, which later on at the hotel we found out it was banana leaf –‘ They are great merchants, do not try to compete, they have been doing it for years, they will certainly win. Even though, the museum was nice, a bit less than expected in terms of organization, but really rich regarding cultural heritage.
Later on this same day we were at the hotel thinking about going to some nice restaurant to grab some dinner. While we were waiting and searching for somewher to go we decided to watch some TV, which was a great idea, considering we found out in time that there was a proper bomb attack happening in Cairo city, which, of course, made us choose for having dinner at the hotel.
The next day we visited the Gyza pyramids, which were really pretty and due to the political issues were really not crowded at all. Thanks to it, you can see in the picture that there is nobody between me and the pyramids, which is reaaally rare, because there is usually a ‘human see’ in this valley. But I trully advise you if you go to Egypt, you should certainly get to ride a camel! It’s a really nice experience and something you probably can’t do in your country.
Ps: This same day a little boy asked me if I was Shakira hahaha which made my day.
- Be well informed about what you are gonna do and the status quo before getting there
- Don’t buy things in the street, usually they are not what they tell you
- Go ride a camel, but agree on the price before the ride and pay after!
- Bring pants and long sleeved shirts (specially if you were a woman)
- Don’t buy stuff with euro or dollar (you will usually pay more)
- If you can, get a taxi driver or a local to help you out while you are there
All in all I liked the experience. I’ll maybe not come back soon, considering I wanna visit other places I’ve never been before, but one day maybe… who knows.