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A country of contrasts!

We're here....


First I will apologize for the bad typing that might occur. This is the funniest keyboard to type on - especially the space bar.

We are here so for all those parents following us (mine included) you can rest easy! The flights were long but enjoyable- international flights are so different from North American flights-they actually feed you and give you drinks! Quite a change.

Now to my observations- Egypt is a contry of vast contrasts. Flying in you can see the fertile lands of the Nile delta- just like on any map. It looks more like a prairie farm land than Egypt. Then you see the desert- right beside it- nothing but sand for as far as the eye can see.

We were met by our Top Deck guide and lead through customs-an interesting activity in any country!

Now to the trip to the hotel- Cairo has some amazing buildings-huge ornate mosques and then mud huts right beside them, huge hotels beside local markets. Right down the street from our hotel are vendors selling coffee, food and fruit and beside them are their herds of sheep and goats. It is hard to describe.

Cario has no traffic lights-three lanes of traffic that somehow become five when they drive. We say only one policeman directing traffic - 20 million people in Cairo and seemingly less traffic ties ups than on the DeerfootTrail in Calgary!


I now know where all the recycled satelitte dishes are sent - to the apartments of Cairo. It seems like every apartment has a dish on the roof and a huge air conditioning unit. Most have some awnings that need major repair (Marty - I will bring pictures)

Our hotel overlooks the Nile River and has a roof top pool (albeit we have to look over the water treatment plant to see the river!) Today we are off to the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids. We have an overnight bus trip tonight taking us to the very south of Egypt - Aswan. Lots more is planned- stay tuned!

Posted by jonaway 20:25

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Good to hear from you and to know all is well. Egypt sounds fascinating. Be careful on your balloon ride, someone was hurt on one yesterday. It will be interesting to see if it is Cleo's tomb that they have found. Enjoy! Love ya! M & D

by junybug

Overlooking a water treatment plant...at least you know your water will be clean...

I hope you are enjoying your nice warm weather over there. It was raining/snowing on and off all day.


by calinway

Hope your having a good time. love you and wish i was with you. SM

by scottmon

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