I am returned from a fabulous vacation in Cairo, Egypt. ! For those of you who don’t know, Jeff studied abroad in Cairo almost ten years ago. One of his friends, Mike, hosted a party that we decided to attend. Our first night in Cairo, we spent the evening on a boat that cruised the Nile, while 80s music played. The next day, Jeff’s friend Rainer, our friend Sam, and a new friend Jocelyn visited the Khan… or market in Cairo. Sam haggled away to buy lots of stuff. On July 6th, we took a short cab ride to Giza and saw the pyramids and the Sphinx. Afterwards, we had a delicious lunch at Pizza Hut (it’s across from the pyramids!). That evening, about 11 of us took an evening bus ride to Sinai Penninsula where we camped out at an isolated beach… we had to offroad in the back of pick up trucks for two hours to get to this beach! I saw Lionfish, corral, and some gross looking eels. I also saw camels wandering around!
A few days later Jeff and I returned to Cairo so that we could visit more places. We went to the City of the Dead. It is a poor neighborhood that is actually a cememtary, but people have moved into the Mausoleums. One nice family invited us into their “house”. In their leafy courtyard were marble tombs or long dead people.
We also visted Coptic Cairo, the oldest part of the city and home to Coptic Christians. The streets are narrow and the buildings old. Its a tiny neighborhood. Islamic Cairo is much bigger and also beautiful. The mosques we visited are gorgeous. I love the geometric patterns that are all over the walls and moldings. You can’t go far in Cairo without walking by a mosque.