Archive | December, 2010

Day X – Cairo

31 Dec

We were supposed to go to Alexandria for the day and take a bus to Siwa from there but instead we toured Cairo. It was a more relaxing day, definitely and thanks to our hosts. The weather was so bad in Alexandria so it would be difficult to sight see. Instead we spent time in malls buying sovenoirs and dined at an Italian restaurant. Big portions!

                 

The hotels are gorgoeous!!! Aunty S and Uncle F brought us there 🙂 🙂 Oh i so love the light!

    

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Day XI – Siwa

31 Dec

I uploaded 2 albums of Siwa on Fb because it is just so much easier and faster.

Day IX – Luxor

30 Dec

A minivan picked us up, transported us to the river at 4.30am. On the motorboat we had some light breakfast, of croissant and tea and we set  off to cross to the west bank. There another bus took us to the site where we saw the inflation of the hot air balloon…the rest, do enjoy yourselves with the sights. We felt that this was one of the main highlights of our trip. An hour ride and we saw the deflation as well. There was some entertainment by the crew itself, with song and dance which was quite enjoyable i should say. They gave us certificates after that too 🙂  

                                             

The minivan brought us to the next sight, where we met our tour guide…didnt catch his name but we have his card. We have a few tour guides contact numbers so if any of you need, we would be more than willing 🙂 He was one of the best guides we were given on this trip. He spoke better English and he bothered to find out about us more than just where we were from, not too over friendly though.

1 Colossi of Memnon.

There used to be a temple but it was all destroyed and all that is left are the 2 statues.

The twin statues depict Amenhotep III (fl. 14th century BC) in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze facing eastwards (actually SSE in modern bearings) towards the river. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs: these are his wife Tiy and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god Hapy.

The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was stone quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar (near modern-day Cairo) and transported 675 km (420 miles) overland to Thebes. (They are too heavy to have been transported upstream on the Nile.) The blocks used by later Roman engineers to reconstruct the eastern colossus may have come from Edfu (north of Aswan). Including the stone platforms on which they stand (about 4 metres (13 ft) themselves), the colossi reach a towering 18 metres (approx. 60 ft) in height and weigh an estimated 700 tons each. [1] [2] [3] The two figures are about 15 metres (50 ft) apart.

Both statues are quite damaged, with the features above the waist virtually unrecognizable. The western (or southern) statue is a single piece of stone, but the eastern (or northern) figure has a large extentive crack in the lower half and above the waist consists of 5 tiers of stone. These upper levels consist of a different type of sandstone, and are the result of a later (Roman Empire) reconstruction attempt. It is believed that originally the two statues were identical to each other, although inscriptions and minor art may have varied.

The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple (or mortuary temple): a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh’s lifetime, where he was worshipped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world. In its day, this temple complex was the largest and most opulent in Egypt. Covering a total of 35 ha, even later rivals such as Ramesses II‘s Ramesseum or Ramesses III‘s Medinet Habu were unable to match it in area; even the Temple of Karnak, as it stood in Amenhotep’s time, was smaller.

 Side panel detail showing two flanked relief images of the deity Hapi and, to the right, a sculpture of the royal wife Tiy

With the exception of the Colossi, however, very little remains today of Amenhotep’s temple. Standing on the edge of the Nile floodplain, successive annual inundations gnawed away at the foundations – a famous 1840s lithograph by David Roberts shows the Colossi surrounded by water – and it was not unknown for later rulers to dismantle, purloin, and reuse portions of their predecessors’ monuments. (Source:wikipedia)

 

 2 Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut (or Hatchepsut, pronounced /hætˈʃɛpsʊt/),[3] meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies,[4] (1508–1458 BC) was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.[citation needed]

Although poor records of her reign are documented in diverse ancient sources, Hatshepsut was described by early modern scholars as only having served as a co-regent from about 1479 to 1458 BC, during years seven to twenty-one of the reign previously identified as that of Thutmose III.[5] Today it is generally recognized[by whom?] that Hatshepsut assumed the position of pharaoh and the length of her reign usually is given as twenty-two years, since she was assigned a reign of twenty-one years and nine months by the third-century BC historian, Manetho, who had access to many records that now are lost. Her death is known to have occurred in 1458 BC, which implies that she became pharaoh circa 1479 BC. (Source: Wikipedia)

         

3 We didnt miss the Valley of the Kings but no cameras allowed so we didnt bother. There is security checks at almost all sights in Egypt so there is no hiding, though they arent very strict.  There are over 63 tombs and still more excavation is being done. We entered 3 tombs only. It is tiring enough! haha was glad that it was over actually.

4 Did you know tourist can only take one train from Luxor to Cairo? Well i didnt, and was surprised to be told that the day before we planned to travel back to Cairo.

Upon reaching Luxor by Cruise, we wanted to buy the train tickets for our train back to Cairo the following day. According to our tour guide in Cairo, we can actually walk to the sights on East bank, Temple of Luxor and Karnak Temple but in fact, it was around 15 minutes drive away. Liar? i dont know, maybe he usually walk that far. Oh well, i didnt bother calling him to complain…he would probably ‘scold’ me again. So we looked at my map and discovered that the train station was on the East bank where we were docked so no problem. Th receptionist at the desk of the cruise told us the only way there was by taxi and it costs no more than 40 pounds. We thought, we would walk…didnt want to spend money unnecessarily.

We tried walking but a couple of people stopped us along the way and he offered to get us a cab. I was afraid he might need baksheesh as well but he said no, he just wanted to help us. So the best price we got was 60pounds 2 ways. That is alot for me but what to do? We were alone in a foreign land. The worse thing of all is arriving there and being told we cant get the ticket we want and if we really wanted, we should get an Egyptian to get it for us. So i thought the driver should do but he said ok and went back to smoke so i gathered he didnt understand my broken arabic-english. Oh well, i tried again…we went in and stood at the counter, you must understand there are mostly men there buying the ticket and they do not queue. We attempted to queue, another man came to us and asked if he could help us using gestures, i asked in my broken arabic for tickets to Al-Qahirah and he said come back tomorrow at 10am and you can get it.

So we wasted our time and money. Oh well, but the saying goes that everything happens for a reason. No, we havent found the reason but we believe there was some reason.

The next day, we asked our tour guide to help us and he made a few calls. He said it is not available but he would see if he can get black market tickets. I dont understand what went on actually, he asked us to wait outisde then he came out saying that have to wait later to buy the tickets. After sometime, we went in with him but we stood aside while he went to the counter and stood for a long time speaking with the ticket officer. After sometime, he came to us and said he got us the first class ticket so it is 160 pounds (i think). He took the money from us and went there, waiting again for a long time. *we stood in silent prayer* He came back to us with money and 2nd class tickets. Turned out there was ticket, or he bothered searching and found a couple for us. We were so relieved, we gave him 20 pounds. This time we felt the baksheesh was well deserved. He brought us all the way to our seats on the train, we didnt budge from there for the next 10 hours. Except once when i saw a cockroach and it didnt want to go away so i sat by the aisle.

2nd class train travel in Egypt is a real experience!  – the people, the cleanliness, the culture, the manners etc. *for another time perhaps*

     

Auntie was so so sweet! Look, she prepared the room with a romantic ambience :):)

 

Day VIII – Edfu & Esna

28 Dec

At around 6am, our cruise docked at Edfu and the same guide met us there. We rode a horse carriage to the temple of Edfu, the most preserved temple in Egypt.

Edfu (also spelt Idfu or in modern French as Edfou and known in antiquity as Behdet) is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. For the ancient history of the city, see below. Edfu is the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus and an ancient settlement, Tell Edfu (described below). About 5 km (3 miles) north of Edfu are remains of ancient pyramids.

The town is known for the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE, into the reign of Cleopatra VII. Of all the temple remains in Egypt, the Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most completely preserved. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. The later structure faces north to south and leaves the ruined remains of the older temple pylon to be seen on the east side of the first court. (Source: wikipedia)

                     

Off we sailed towards Esna after our visit to the Edfu temple of Horus.

Here we witness what happens at the Esna lock. Basically 2 ships would enter the lock and slowly water would be pumped out so that the cruise ships an go pass under the bridge and also to level the water of the River Nile.

          

Dinner that night 🙂

   

   

    

This is an Egyptian dance thing, i have no idea what but he just kept on twirling and twirling.

There was belly dancing after that but i dont feel like posting any photos 🙂

Day VI – Aswan & Day VII – Kom Ombo

28 Dec

 

DAY VI

Early the next morning, we got ready for breakfast and upon arriving at the restaurant was surprised to find this served to us. Does it look like your normal hotel, 70USD (90 SGD) (420EGP) per night breakfast? I guess not. What was even more disturbing was when i noticed Egyptians getting a totally differnt breakfast! Fried eggs with fuul! Uh, i cant believe it, differential treatment? I wonder if Egyptians pay lesser per night as well. We ate the heart pancake which was cold as a fish and didnt know what to eat the egg with. It is boiled unpeeled egg. Hubby ate it with cold arabic bread which was in a basket on every table.

I gestured to the waiter, or employee of the hotel to come towards us and i immediately let off steam. I was really pissed, more so because it is NOT a cheap hotel for our standards and Egyptian standard i think.  I’ve expereinced bed and breakfast of a hostel which is 5* better. I asked if this was all for our breakfast? He said yes. I asked if different people are given differnt breakfast?  and dont we have a choice then of what breakfast we get? I said he/she didnt ask what we wanted, just brought out this 2 plates of ‘breakfast’ and expected us to eat and leave with a smile. He left and the girl who brought our breakfast came out and had a questioning look on her face. I had to repeat myself and she went into the kitchen and came back out again and asked what do you want for breakfast and i asked what do they have. She said scrambled eggs and cheese and fuul? Soon enough our nicer breakfast came and i was too hungry by then to take any more photos but to eat.

Our tour guide came to meet us promptly at 11am to bring us to our cruise. M/s Nile Marquise II. The tour guide is a different story, he didnt know our iteniary and i had to call the fellow i paid the tour and cruise to and get a scolding from him. I think it was the way he spoke, fast and loud or something which made me want to cry. What is the point of the guide arranged by someone if i have to tell him my iteniary and pay for the felucca and give him tips??? I might as well pay them all myself and arrange for them myself! I get so depressed when i have to pay baksheesh unwillingly and feel pity for the driver or the felucca rider who actually is not paid except with the baksheesh(tips) we give them. I think that is what’s going on. Oh well! Lets just enjoy the cruise now, shall we 🙂 The we enjoyed was the food, entertainment at night, nice view on the deck, acting like rich tourists crusing along the nile.

   

Oh by the way, water is not served on board so everytime we go and eat, we would just not order any drink. After the meal, go back to the room and drink up our bottled water. Since we had to buy water, we walked around 2 km towards the nearest shop which turned out to be the train station we arrived at. We found water to be 2.50EGP there. Alhamdulilah. It was 3EGP near our Phile Hotel. Did i tell you about the shop owner in Aswan? We bought i bottle of water from him and he asked where we were from and then if we were muslims. He said, ” both muslim? take this, i give you ( fruittips sweet) because you muslim.”  That was a nice Aswan(ian) we met.

   

#1 A kindergarten or primary school we came across on the way

#2 A much much nicer cruise we found docking along the nile, Jamila (which means beautiful in Arabic).

  

#3 and #4 Our dinner the first night. Dinner is very grand, with a wide variety of deserts. There would be 3 to4 colourful mouth watering cakes, smaller pieces of cakes, fruit cakes, ecliars…( i shall stop or your mouth would start to water. There is always salad, bread and at least 4 buffet items for the main course.

    He came to the girls toilet to be with me 🙂 hehe i like the toilet! Nice tiles and sink..

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Day VII

We went to the Botanical Gardens a.k.a Kitchener’s Island, of Aswan. Yea the cruise did not sail till 1pm the second day on board. We went there by Felucca, yea again and baksheesh again!

                 

Wheen we returned to the room, we found this swan 🙂 I think they found out we were honeymooning because i requested for a double bed but all they could do was push the beds together. Uncle F teased us that it is at least better than on the sleeper train when one bed was on top of the other! Soon it was tea time and we went up onto the deck for some tea and cakes while the sun was setting on the other side and the cruise was pulling up to Kom Ombo temple.

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo.[1] Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods.[2] The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu.[2] Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder, along “with Tasenetnofret (the Good Sister, a special form of Hathor) and Panebtawy (Lord of the Two Lands).”[2] The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.

The temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) at the beginning of his reign and added to by other Ptolemys, most notably Ptolemy XIII (51-47 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. The scene on the inner face of the rear wall of the temple is of particular interest, and “probably represents a set of surgical instruments.”[2]

Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts who once used the temple as a church. All the temples buildings in the southern part of the plateau were cleared of debris and restored by Jacques de Morgan in 1893.[2]

A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple. (Source: Wikipedia)

                                   

We headed back the the cruise which started sailing to Edfu to arrive in the morning. While the cruise is sailing, we dont have TV for entertainment so there were some fun games played in the cruise.

Day V – Aswan

26 Dec

We had a 3am wake up call but the guy himself was sleeping peacefully when we reached the lobby at 3.30am. It was he we were supposed to collect our breakfast box from but we had to wake him up instead. Left the hotel and entered the waiting minivan, picked up several other tourists and headed to a waiting convoy. Waited for another 45 mins and left at 4.30am towards Abu Simbel. I woke up to a wonderful sight of the the many stars in the dark dark sky. In no time, i caught sight of the sun peeking slowly out of the stomach of the earth. Masyallah. Arrived at around 7am at Abu Simbel which is South of Aswan.

   

Oh very very important when visiting Egypt if interested to visit the temples is your student card, the ISIS card. You get 50% at almost every sight!

Huge huge monuments awaits us when we arrived there. The morning chilly, breeze made out walk uphill a pleasant one, to the twin temples of Abu Simbel. As we arent allowed to take photos inside for preservation of the temples, do read up its interesting history and relocation of the entire area 60m, piece by piece in the 1960’s to avoid destruction by the rising water of the Nile river. Read here!

                         

  Can you believe that baksheesh (tips) is expected alot throughout Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and fortunately not too much in Siwa? There are many Tourism Policemen around and along the pavements. Before this photo, i saw a couple of caucasian tourists took a picture with other policemen. So when this policeman called to us to take a photo with him, i was like sure why not but hubby was very hesitant. I urged him to go take a photo and with a heavy, unwilling heart went and managed a smile which didnt stay on his face as soon as the policeman uttered ‘BAKSHEESH’ with a sly smile. I gave him a pound. I cant believe it!

We told Uncle F about it and he laughed at us and didnt believe it himself. He even teased us when we took a photo with him at a mall, saying we owe him 2 pounds for the photos.

I think this is one of the things you experience when you dont go with a tour group, the real people.

  When it comes to this boy, i couldnt help but feel so much for him, hubby got jealous. All i saw was ‘kesian nye, he is so young and he was trying to sell us stuff’. I felt very sad, truly. He tried to sell us 20 postcard joined together for 20 LE. He held books about Abu Simble and its history to be sold as well.

little boy: postcards 20 pounds? this (gesturing the book)?

me: how much (pointing to the book)?

little boy: how much you want?

me: i dont know…

little boy: 70 pounds?

me: woah…no its ok, la shukran…

little boy: how much you want?

me: oh no no…

little boy: this? (postcard)

me: i just want one only…

After taking time to understand, he was told by some older men to go get it from the shop nearby so he went to get it. He brought 2 and i bought 1 for 1 pound. He left to go back to the shop i think and give the money to the owner of the shop. I wish it would go to him. I teared because he looked so pitiful trying to sell stuff instead of studying in school. I wished i could have talked more to him, instead of acting like some hot shot tourist. (jk)

little boy: ciao!

Aswan High Dam

     

Philae Temple which was also relocated and currently it is found on an island so we had to take a motorboat. Read up here!

                 

After all the tour, we slept till late. We left to look for dinner but all the ‘restaurants’ were like coffee shop and all i saw were men so we settled for KFC. It wasnt as uneventful as we thought it, my jaws suddenly locked because i put too much food in my mouth i think. It was a scary scary thing as this happened to me once before in Venice when i was all alone in the cabin room, in the middle of a jungle, many km away from town. It went back to normal then. I tried to flex it again and again but it still locked. I silently prayed to Allah and relaxed for a bit, Alhamdulilah it was back to normal but still could feel it hurting. My jaws ached for a few days after.

 

Day IV – Aswan

24 Dec

   

This is what our hotel- Philae Hotel looks like 🙂

    

We took a felucca, a sail boat, to Elephantile Island.

                         

Then off to Nubian village on the mototboat where we were allowed to sit on the top of it and enjoy the sunset.

           

We reached theNubian Village and saw camels and spices and colourful houses…

           

And mind you, that is a real baby crocodile and i was too scared to hold it, i almost did but it started to wriggle and i was so scared. haha

 

Day III – Cairo

23 Dec

    Checking out the many decoration items in the shelf of the nicely decorated home of our kind hosts.

We had delicious breakfast and interesting discussion which caused us to be a little late to start the day’s sightseeing.

The citadel which is in fact a mosque with the shrine of Mohamed Ali Pasha inside but at the very back of the huge mosque you see below. It is also part of a fortress type building. 

             

 Captions

#1 Hubby at the entrance where there will always be security checks, they have become very strict for the safety of tourists.

#2 With the front of great mosque

#3 With Aunty S at the back of the great mosque

#4 The fountain which doesnt have water for abulation anymore, hubby went somewhere else to take abulation.

#5 Us 4! People wanted to join us for our photos =p

#6 People walking about carrying their shoes with them because no one leaves it outside for fear of it being stolen by others. And i realised they are not strict with tourist’s dressings like the mosque in Abu Dhabi where even the tudung ladies have to be draped in a long black abaya and shayla if they arent veiled. It is like that, from my understanding if the mosque is no more a mosque but some people pray there in a designated area nearer to the front of the big mosque. It is an active mosque, not just for tourists.

#7 Aunty S and I, i think she looks more like my cousin right 🙂 hehe anyway, we are standing in front of there the imam would climb up to the mimbar to give the khutbah. Many parts of the mosque are still being restored and i think this one has been restored totally as it looks brand new with its vibrant green colour.

#8 View of Cairo maybe, from the fortress 🙂

#9 Need i say more about this?

 Old Cairo area with Churches, Synagogues and mosques

    

And then we visited the oldest mosque in Egypt! It is huge and quite empty at the time of our visit. Are there just too many mosques there.

 

Had lunch at a mall this time, Lebanese cuisine 🙂 Delicious as it was recommended by Aunty S.

 

Our train ride at 7pm all the way down the nile to Aswan, a city of Feluccas!

We had a nice time chatting with aunty and uncle waiting for the train. They had such amusing stories! Below you can see how small the room for 2 was and guess the price? 60 USD per person! Toilet was outside and was the typical dirty egyptian train toilet. Price includes dinner before sleeping and breakfast. Normal standard food. A little lower than airplane food. Oh well, we at least managed a good night’s rest as we got to sleep horizontally. I felt the chugging of the train lulling me to deep slumber.

     

We arrived safely at Aswan the next morning at 9.30 am. Trains in Egypt leave on time but arrival can be off the estimated time.

Day II – Cairo

22 Dec

 After breakfast and getting our sleeper train ticket for the next day, guess where we went?

 From Cairo to Giza area (Giza is in Cairo just that the pyramids are pretty much on its own).

It was the similar surreal feeling when seeing the pyramids for the first time, just like the Eiffel tower. Am i really here? hehe no im back home in Singapore 🙂

My first comments were, wow its so huge! when the car was slowly climbing uphill to where it was.

Then we went further away from it to take nice pictures with all three pyramid of Cheops, Chephren and Menkaure. However, weather was not very happy with its cool wind breezing by and swirling the sand up into the air and the air was just too hazy. We tried but the smallest pyramid was just too far away.

Aunty and uncle wanted to bring us to touch the pyramids, which was the next stop but was disappointed to discover it cordoned due to an incident which happened recently. Someone supposedly climbed too high and was afraid to come down after so a helicopter had to be called in to bring him down. Sounds dumb but it does happen. 

I remember during a school camp there was a boy who was so scared to jump down after climbing a high element that he just stood there frozen for like 30 minutes i think. Until he mastered enough courage to jump down.

Before going to visit these ancient monument, i was reading as to whether we should enter the pyramid, at least one of them. We have to pick and choose what we want to do because we definitely cannot afford to do everything which would burn a hole in our pockets. I read forums where people complained about being claustrophobic when crawling in (yea, it is a very narrow passageway which leads to a small empty room). I am guessing it is empty because all the tombs and stuff there has been emptied to be placed in the museum where it is protected. And Uncle F also shared an amusing story of someone who insisted that he wants to enter the biggest pyramid but gave up after experiencing the smallest one. Tourists want to do the craziest thing!

They used to have the sounds and lights show at the pyramids at night and even concerts, the last i heard was Kylie Minogue’s concert there and supposedly they dont want anymore events there as the lights and sounds would affect the preservation of the pyramids.

              

Captions

#1 Police on camel, its a different type of camel.

#2 the typical shot

#3 Us with our host and hostess with the pyramids in the background, all 3 of them!

#4 Nice shot with good lighting, by my hubby of course

#5 Actually the camel ride is supposed to be for hubby only but Uncle E asked me to join him so i did, its the same price anyway

#6The camel ride was so scary because it was so close to the edge! Haha Uncle said that it looks more of a frightened hug on the camel then a romantic one 😉 It is especially scary when the camel sits or tries to stand.

A few photos after, you can see the all famous Sphinx

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the start of our journey in Africa ~~ Cairo

21 Dec
 
Looking angry? hehe cute little boy i missed so much on the trip

 

Big family! Another bro taking photo :)Christmas Decorations around the transit area

 

Christmas decorations in transit area

 And it was so late, we entered the transit area. I was already so sleepy at the beginning and we havent even started our journey!

I did have a rather long day starting at 9am for an exam then off to buy lunch, met my grandaunt and decided to sit with her at Fork and Spoon. Packed up all my exam stuff, i love the feeling i get from packing them all up high in the cupboard so they are out of my sight, hehe…I moved on to more packing, this time of the clothes and things for the impending trip. Everything was nicely packed by 5pm when hubby came home. Checklist for last minute stuff! Off to the airport. But oh no, my day is so not over…



We found some lounging chairs around and rest for a while before it was time to board the plane.

We watched movies instead of sleeping on the plane!

Reached Dubai in maybe 5 hours? Not sure with the time difference and grogginess i couldnt count straight. It was 3plus in Dubai. Soon enough time to pray Subuh there, the airport was familiar, the same one i was at a year ago. Prayed and rest while waiting for another plane.

the first of the many sunrise we’d witness on our journey

 

Egyptian Sweets Sweet Aunty S bought for desserts 🙂

 Soon enough, after another 3 hours plus, we were in Cairo International airport…no photos were taken because i was too tired and i was overwhelmed by the crowd and the noise. Typical Cairo where people are talking loudly, its not wrong but just their nature. Aunty S and Uncle F arranged someone for us at the airport who did everything from visas to immigration so quickly.

 
The problem is no one can rush the baggage out and because ours is transit, i believe the dubai luggages came out earlier then singapore luggages.
Waiting for the luggage is the disorganised and busy airport full of people was intimidating and scary i started to perspire.
 
Safely outside, met aunty S and uncle F! So relieved to finally see a familiar face and in safe hands. Off to her wonderful home where we had time to refresh and delicious lunch of grilled chicken, lasagne and salad followed by dessert 🙂
 
 
 
 
Then off to the Ramses train station(different from Giza train station which is also in Cairo but Giza area) to get tickets but couldnt get any and was asked to return the next day. Uncle F was the one who spoke to the people and tried to get us tickets.
    
 
           
 
Next stop was the Mosque of Hussein which is near Khan El-Khalil Bazaar which you can see with the crowds of people. In Ramadhan, which is greatly celebrated, the area of the bazaar would be packed, even more so than now, with throngs of people. I cant imagine and dont wish to, now itself, it is so crowded. Ramadhan is a time to celebrate and Eid is just celebrated mediocrely accorind to aunty and uncle.
 
        
 
        
This was when i started to fall in love with the Egyptian lamps! I like the coloured ones =D
 
     
That is uncle E in the foreground.
 
We had to make a last stop at the travel agency to confirm the next lap of our journey in 2 days time. Uncle bargained for us as usual and confirmed everything and we headed home.
 
We get to sleep alas on this comfy bed in the pleasant room aunty prepared for us! We lasted that long! weeee!