Here's my quick adventure in Egypt!
|Leaving San Francisco with an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge!|
|I saw the very faint Northern Lights in the dark sky and my camera managed to capture so much light it's almost a false representation of what was out there. Oh well, looks pretty cool though.|
I got to Cairo in the late evening and took a taxi to Giza where I stayed for the night. The airport was full of people and it got worse outside with the taxi drivers waiting for business. On the drive to my hotel my taxi driver asked me for tips with no shame. I had dinner nearby and went to bed with the honking sounds of the non-stop traffic below.
|Crossing the Nile River from Cairo to Giza|
|Horizon Pyramid Hotel, Giza|
|A little gift from Air France|
|Exploring the alleys before bed|
|All night traffic right outside the hotel...and they love to honk|
In the morning, I decided to walk to the Giza pyramids since my hotel was on that same road. I probably should have taken a cab since it took me almost an hour to get there but it was nice to see kids walking to school and everyone just going about their day.
|From the rooftop|
|Finally a pyramid is in sight|
|Here come the hustlers...and they are everywhere!|
|Some tourists, but more stalking vendors below|
|The Great Pyramid of Khufu|
|481 feet (147 meters) tall!|
I felt like I had seen enough and didn't really want to stick around anymore so I cabbed it back to the hotel and checked out. I called my friend Ahmed and met up at The Four Seasons Hotel where he worked. He showed me around the hotel and we got to catch up for a bit.
|A great view of the Nile River|
After The Four Seasons Hotel with Ahmed, I took a taxi to Khan El Khalili, a famous open market I wanted to check out.
|Along the road|
I found the lounge I was looking for and quickly headed inside. There, I was able to put my bag down and relax for a while. Basically just hiding from the hordes of people outside looking to sell me stuff.
|Khan El Khalili Lounge/Restaurant|
I have never seen worse driving than in Egypt and I don't think anyone can beat my taxi driver to the airport. I am still amazed I am here to tell you about it. It is really that crazy. I wish I had something on video but I don't. If you've been to Egypt, then you know what I'm talking about.
Next stop is Kenya!