My first holiday trip this year led me to Egypt. If I really wanted to go to Egypt? Not at all Egypt landed on my wish list only because of the pyramids. Now I’ve ticked off the country for forever…
Egypt is a very poor country – which surprised me, because I had imagined it quite differently.
I had no luck with the hotel, although I booked a Hilton and expected the usual Hilton standard . The holiday resort was not nice as well – you probably must have heard it already from Hurghada. But after three days and three room changes, I had got acquainted to the situation. Because, as you know, what matters is not where you are, but with whom you are there
What can score Egypt points? The Red Sea of course! I spent three days there snorkeling on the “White Whale”. And because the water was a little too fresh for me at 24 degrees, I still got myself a neoprene shortie in addition to my snorkel equipment after the first day. My Diveguide Fathi had connections and so I got a branded product for smooth 30 euros
The coral reefs were so beautiful, with colorful fish, as far as I could see. I had a lot of fun But had I not seen the pyramids, I would have come home dissatisfied. Despite my concerns about the terrorist attacks against Christians, I absolutely wanted to go there. I was even more relieved when I heard about an affordable flight from Hurghada. Because, after my Kenya experience, I didn’t want to relive a seven-hour bus ride overland– added to the thought of security.
After I arrived in Cairo, a tour guide was waiting for us there. Then we went by bus to the old town. I expected to find many more tourist attractions there. Instead of many tourists pushing through the narrow streets, I saw a lot of freaky girls and boys who preferred to dodge their first lesson hours and enjoy the warm morning. In my opinion, a disaster against the background of 29 percent illiteracy in Egypt.
Then we went to the Egyptian Museum. I found it very impressive there. Our tour guide provided us with a lot of info, due to his extensive knowledge of ancient Egyptian history. We learned a lot about the Pharaohs and Egyptian mythology. Sarcophagi, statues, tombs and mummies – all these thousand years old relics are exhibited there in the original. There are more than 120000 exhibits in total. And they increase annually. What impressed me the most was the mask of Tutankhamun: eleven kilograms of pure gold, jade inlays … unfortunately it was forbidden to take pictures there.
Of course, we went to the pyramids of Mykerino, that of Chephren (Khafre) and Cheops, including the Great Sphinx at Giza. I made it there at last, and I am super happy that this dream finally came true. Looking back, I had a great time in Egypt, although I was haunted by the revenge of the Pharaohs for two days – perhaps I should not have crawled into the tomb chamber of Chephren
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