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Cairo, Cairo, Cairo

Giza, PyramidsOh Cairo…yet to visit Mumbai, Dehli, Bangkok or Beijing nothing could have prepared us for what is the great city of Cairo. We read travel blogs and guide books that mentioned crossing the streets would be a human game of frogger and that the cat calls and touts would send you in a frenzy. But nothing, nothing can prepare you for Cairo. Feet first we jumped in to this ancient city and got a firsthand taste for what it is all about.

Most of what we have experienced over the past 6 days is hard to put intoThe Con words. How do you describe walking down a narrow alley that turns out to be the neighborhood butcher shop? Half horses, pig and sheep hung in the morning sun, blood freshly dripping from the mid day slaughter. Or try to describe how the ancient pyramids of Giza sit nestled up next to the city line. If the hundreds of camels don’t provide you with a good enough view there is always the KFC- Pizza Hut combo that has an incredible roof top terrace.

CairoWe knew Cairo would be tough and we knew it would be easy to get jaded in a city as this. The cat calls and touts…a simple smile and a “No thank you “ generally turns them away. Crossing the streets – absolutely nightmarish and absolutely a real life game of frogger, but consider getting to the other side a victory and continue on your way. Giza Pyramids? Sure they could be lined with palm trees that lead you to a magnificent gate we many times pictured in our head, but I’m not sure it is meant to be that way.  There is something about Cairo that in all its madness, filth and bizarre way of life will keep you coming back for more.

In a few days we will leave Cairo and head to the Red Sea to visit the small backpacker’s town of Dahab. A trip to mount Sinai for the sun rise, snorkeling and possible diving will cap off our 14 day Egyptian tour. From there we will head down to Uganda where we plan on spending 3 months volunteering and serving the kingdom.

We are grateful for the opportunity we have to experience what we have experienced and look forward to the adventures that await us in the future.

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  1. dad and mom
    October 21, 2009 at 5:51 am

    This is amazing journey you are giving us all. Thank you for sharing so much of it.
    We are just so proud and jealous of the two of you. Keep the wonderful stories coming, it makes us feel part of it. Be careful. God bless you.
    Love and Miss you so much,
    Dad and Mom W

  2. Beth
    October 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

    We are loving to keep up with y’all on the journey. Great posts. Be careful:) Cam & Beth

  3. Melanie
    October 21, 2009 at 9:41 pm


  4. February 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Amy! I absolutely love this blog! It looks like you are taking an amazing journey! Thanks for sharing all your stories! I live in Cairo, I wish I had known you were coming through, y’all could have stayed with me! Also, I think we were in Instanbul at the same time last fall. And I just flew back to Cairo from India for 6 days. I’m moving to Sinapore in August, so keep in touch if you guys are coming that way, you could crash at my place or we could meet up somewhere in SE asia.
    Safe travels!

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