March 9 – 15 / 2011
We landed in Egypt on March, 9 / 2011 just after the transformation of the people had reached it’s boiling point as well as simmered off for a few days. We had mixed feelings about coming here. On one hand we were thrilled to see the country as well as understood that there would be fewer tourists than usual. On the other hand we were somewhat concerned since of the news as well as concerned emails from our friends. In reality, from our experiences in travel, we ought to have understood better. CNN as well as BBC news always exaggerate the circumstances in countries as well as the warnings on government sites practically always make circumstances noise much worse than they truly are.
The transformation going on in the middle east is aimed solely at the corrupt governments that have repressed the people in this region for decades. In no method are they aimed at the tourists or even other Egyptians. The swarms of people that typically descend on this country in the millions were decreased down to a few hundred determined, commonly independent travellers, like us. What was left were backpackers as well as smart travellers who ignored the lies as well as misinterpretations they heard on the news, as well as the charm of Egypt as well as its historical monuments were ours to explore. now really is the very best time to see Egypt.
A tasty spread of Egyptian food, Cairo, Egypt
If there was any type of question concerning whether Egypt was risk-free to travel before entering Egypt, it was smashed the very first day we walked around Cairo. We couldn’t walk 10 feet without hearing somebody shout “HELLO! welcome TO EGYPT!” or “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?!” We’ve actually never felt much more welcome than we perform in Egypt. The very first day in Cairo we went to the Egyptian museum which was, of course, phenomenal.
Outside of the museum in Cairo – no cameras enabled inside!
Usually the museum is jam-packed with tourists year round as well as numerous of the primary sites ended up being a mosh pit of identified onlookers. however for us, just days after the autumn of Mubarak guideline as well as in the infancy of “The new Egypt” we walked around the museum uncrowded as well as hassle-free. typically seeing the golden head-piece of King Tut is almost impossible since of the amount of people around, however we were practically the only two in the entire King Tut room! It was incredible to see artifacts that we examined in institution so long back inches away from us. King Tut’s Mask was the cover of our social studies text-book in elementary institution as well as now we were gazing at it with an inch of glass. It was truly amazing. The entire museum was full of gold sarcophagi and incredible statues that date back 4000 years.
The rest of the very first day we just walked around Cairo as well as absorbed its immense energy. whole streets were blocked off by guy repairing cars. as well as entire city blocks were totally dedicated to the intense art of selling T-shirts. The salesmen do whatever to get people’s attention, from throwing t-shirts at them, to lying down in the middle of the street faking a seizure to stop web traffic for as much as 5 minutes. Our space was incredible as well as had a balcony overlooking all the madness of down town Cairo. in some cases I would just sit on the balcony as well as an hour would pass before I would recognize that I was just viewing the streets as well as being incredibly entertained.
Delicious shwarmas on the street in Cairo, Egypt
Another day in Cairo we went as well as saw the Pyramids! What an incredible site. We took a camel around the Giza plateau to get in all the angles of the ancient giants. The oldest of the well-known pyramids is over 4000 years old as well as stands almost 140 meters high! They are even bigger than I had imagined. We even climbed inside the pyramid of Khofu, which was underwhelming, however still cool. typically the entire plateau is full of tourists, however incredibly lucky for us, it was almost empty. In fact, we were a few of the only people there up until about midday when a couple of buses showed up. primarily it was locals though, just taking advantage of the lowered ticket costs. a few of the Egyptian people even came with indications reading “the transformation isn’t over yet”. They provided flowers to all of the tourists as well as a little scroll discussing the people’s transformation as well as security in the new Egypt. We certainly felt risk-free traveling in Egypt.
The Pyramids Of Giza, practically to ourselves! Giza, Egypt
The Sphinx as well as Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
Goats On The road at the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Kids we satisfied at the Pyramids, EgyptNext we went to Alexandria, a lovely city on the Mediterranean with lots of history. sadly not much to rate of interest us other than the walk along the corniche. We spent a couple of nights there as well as then headed to Siwa Oasis in the middle of the western desert. Siwa is where we truly began to see just exactly how incredible as well as generous the Egyptian people can be, Siwa is where we stopped just travelling, as well as started truly backpacking.
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