04.05.2009 31 °C
We have arrived back to Cairo and are once again immersed in the sights and sounds of this incredibly overpopulated mass of humanity and animals. The view from our room shows a six story apartment building and on the roof is one cow and two sheep. Each time we return to our hotel we pass heards of sheep and goats just hanging out on the street. The vendors bring their animals while they sell their watermelons and squash.
It is very cloudy/smoggy today so it is very hard to see a few feet in front of us. It even rained a few drops at the market - perhaps Cairo is crying because we are leaving tonight!
Our morning started by meeting up with our favorite guide Hala. She took us Sakkara and the site of the Step Pyramid. On a clear day you can see the pyramids but not today. In the desert where we were you could get a bit of a taste of a sandstorm. From there we stopped for lunch (and to purchase some more jewlery for some) and then to Khan el Khalili bazaar. I will upload some pictures of the market when I return (this is not that great of a computer and quite costly). You can imagine the scene 24 Canadian women cause while walking through the market. The most popular purchase has been scarves of every color and quality. Some of our group become extremely competent in bartering (are you reading this Brooke?) and have help those others who were unsure of how it works. I think we could have all spent a bit more time there to spend our last Egyptian pounds.
If we look extermely tiredwhen you meet us at the airport on Tuesday it is because we have been up all day sightseeing, are going on a dinner cruise on the Nile tonight, back to the hotel for three hours and then to the airport at 1:30AM - our flight is at 5:30AM. So we will travel all night and day to get back. This long flight will have been totally worth the distances travelled.
This will be the last post of our adventure for now but plan to come back and visit - once I get home I will post some more pictures for everyone! We have had an incredible group of students to travel with - not a harse word or unwillingness to participate in our adventure - thanks everyone - I would travel anywhere with all of you!
Thanks to all of you who have posted comments - we loved to here from all of you.