Egypt Part 1: Cairo

What word is suitable for Egypt?

Historical? Tombs? Pharaoh? Sphinx? Mummy?

Mine is magnificent!!!

Those giant sculptures and statues, beautiful wall paintings (that’re mostly nicely engraved), and of course the crazy traffic! So true, Egyptians don’t want to be organized by rule or dead stuffs (such as traffic light) so they prefer messy traffic! I thought Jakarta was already the most messy city in the world but I was totally wrong.

I was with 3 travelmates this time, a bit unusual. And Wati, an old friend that has been living in Cairo for a while, helped us a lot in arranging the car rent and direction. She also allowed us to stay at her place while we were in Cairo, she didn’t allow us to stay at hotel while we were visitting Cairo. She seems really enjoying her 2 years living in Cairo with her hubby and kid, But it was after such racial harrasment etc that she could finally manage to get rid of her ego in order to survive in that city. Oyeah, sometimes situation beats ego, is it a good or bad thing? 😛

Wati introduced us to 2 Indonesians that have been living in cairo to be our drivers. They are actually students and helping Indonesian touriests with city tours.

In the morning we were picked up at the airport and went around Cairo after dropping our luggages at Wati’s place. The wind was still strong, we were lucky we had friend that warned us to bring jackets.

We dropped Alexandria from the itinerary because Wati said the effort to get there wasn’t worth what we could get.

I will post about Luxor, Aswan and Abu simbel separately because it will be too long if I post all here. And most of pictures are from my phone, just a bit taken from my D40x. Therefore sorry for the quality.

And this post was supposed to be done several months ago, the trip was actually in Early February 2018 but I was too busy with my moving project to Bali. But I can tell you that I like all things in Egypt except the traffic of course! I love the foods! I love hummus! Send me back to Egypt!

 

 

We’re in Egypt! Thanks to Saudi Airlines, I always got the front seat.

 

Thank you, Wati. We were so happy staying at your place, and we also could play with Oli. The window view is just beautiful!


 

Cairo – And It’s Incredible Traffic

If you see vehicle with smooth body in Cairo, then it’s miracle! Iqbal, our first driver in Cairo, was already an Egyptian type of driver after such years living in Cairo. He said the first year was so tough but after some time, he could beat that. Sitting on front seat isn’t really enjoyable, as if I had been on front seat of a rollercoaster. And taking pictures with police on sight or pointing camera around police office is forbidden, we might get shot by them if spotted. So I preferred to hide my camera.

 

Hello, Cairo!

 

Historical Tour

We explored the city on our first day in Egypt and last day after we returned from Abu Simbel. Iqbal took us around the city by his sedan on the first day until the sky went dark. He took us to The Mosque of Muhammed Ali and National museum. On second day, Jingga was with us in subtituting Iqbal (still using Iqbal’s car), taking us to Colossal statue of Ramesses II at Memphis and the Pyramids.

When we were back from Aswan, we explored Cairo again with Jingga. But we didn’t have too much time, we went only to the Garbage Church –named that just because it’s located at the garbage village–that’s actually a beautiful cave church,

We tried to be like locals by having a coffee time at Khan Al-Khalili before souvenir shopping session. But I can tell you that Indonesian Coffee is still the best in the world.

 

Inside the National Museum, too bad it’s not allowed to take picture in some areas

 

I have to pay again for accessing the Royal Mummies museum inside the National Museum. But still, no picture is allowed to be taken inside. Sorry no picture of mummies, guys!

 

The Mosque of Muhammed Ali that is also known as the Alabaster Mosque is one of Egypt’s popular tourist attractions. The mosque is inside the Summit of Saladin Citadel

 

Colossal statue of Ramesses II at Memphis that was the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom (ca. 2686 BC–ca. 2181 BC)

 

Pyramids are just too awesome!

 

Also known as the Cave Church, The Monastery of Saint Simon, is located in the Mokattam mountain in southeastern Cairo. The area is surrounded by garbage villages that’s why it’s called Garbage Church.

 

It’s not difficult to find fresh fruits & juices in Cairo. And I love the street foods as well!

 

With Jingga, a student from Indonesia as our tour guide and driver. Having lunch at a Chinese restaurant. At Khan Al-Khalili’s coffee shop, a local lady wanted to take picture with me 🙂

 

 

Upcoming post: Egypt Part 2: Luxor, Aswan & Abu Simbel

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