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Picture Nile river , Egypt
Near Downtown of Cairo city
Picture Dusk in Egypt
Shot in Giza , Cairo
40 days in Europe and Africa , Egypt part 3 , Struggle for getting back to the airport
The sun went down , here’s the Pyramid in the dark .
I had got a plane next morning to Athens , so I headed to the airport
But in the bus there was a little accident , when going to downtown from Giza the fee was 3.5 Egypt pond Instead 2.5 when I had headed to Pyramid . I exclaimed that to a conductor but he said it’s 3.5 … A lady behind me said ” Yes , it’s 3.5 ” then I was convinced and it was a trigger with a conversation with the lady .
I said ” The revolution in 2011 was a big news in my country ”
” Oh ! Really ! ”
” Could you tell me what has changed after that ? “
” Um … People seems to care each other more than before . “
I say to myself inside ‘ If people are caring now by making that messing traffic , what the terrible situation was it before ? ‘ As I remembered the really jammed streets and endless car horns I had watched and listened in the afternoon , of course I said nothing about my thought .
Got to downtown and started to find a bus that would reach the airport , but couldn’t catch easily . As going forth , all the destinations were shown in Arabic , I had to ask drivers if the one would reach the port
Unlike noon , I tried more than seven or eight times but without a result , finally a mini van’s driver said he’s gonna reach it . I was relieved and paied 3 Egypt pond though he first said 2.
But , but , but it ain’t get there , I became furious and said ” I’m gonna sue you , what’s your name ? ” “Adam ” he replied with fucking grin . Of course he knew it is just a bluff . And I was stranded unknown place , I hanged around little and found the entrance of subway .
I was so delighted as a child who discovers a treasure island , thought ” I should have taken this from the beginning ! “
Again, destinations were written in Arabic , but that time an affectionate guy told how I would change lines . Yeah , some were fuckin’ mean and some were cordial enough to keep me sane .
A platform , developed as Europe.
Taken from the carriage. The fee was 3 Egypt pond .
I was feeling some satisfaction as I found the underground though I was paying more 4.5 Egypt pond as comparing going forth . Because , at noon traffic was so jammed and I was in a bus more than 2 hours just for moving around 22 km . The subway would never have messed up like roads , so I assumed my return to the airport was guaranteed , and started imagining of sceneries of Athens .
But , but , but , but , but , but .. Bad !!!!
The train stopped with an announcement of the last stop though there were 2 or 3 stations further more to the port . I asked the train guard , and knew the line was temporarily closed !!!
I was nonplussed with an ineffable consternation , thought
” Wh , wh , what the shit … , what the fuck is going on ? What kind of tourist spot is this ? Trains for the international airport are closed ? ? ”
I was stranded again at unknown place …
Short time ago , the question was how I would go back to the airport with the same fee as the forth way , but then it had changed to whether I could reach the port before the goddam dawn for the flight. I gave up saving money and talked to a cab man I found . The fare was 100 Egypt pond.
100 ! 25 times as forth way fee ! But I had no choice , too exhausted and didn’t no what the fuck would come around on the way to the port if I would take a walk … Incredulously I didn’t try to bargain about the price , maybe I was so weary and lest I would not have been able to catch another taxi had I not accept the bid .
The breeze coming through the window was quite comfortable and my body in fatigue was soothed but the mind was in the storm .
” This is one of the most abhorrent days in this journey , I have missed the Pyramid due to goddam early closing at 5 P.M. and totally lost 107 extra money ! ” The Nile river adorned by city lights was scenic , but I was too exasperated to intend to take photos .
As getting to the port , money was left 30 and I bought a small back as a souvenir whose colour of figures and paintings would almost fade away later .
But now when I look back the day , it could have been worse had I not save the 50 entrance fee of Pyramid thanks to the early closing . If I had paid for Pyramid , the left money was 80 when I caught the cab and I might have missed to ride those damn taxies .
Yeah journeys always include some accidents.
When I was on board for Athens , I swore I would never ever come back to the country again and I skipped the plan to go to Morroco from Algesiras 17 days later due to that I had just learnt the unstablity of African countries , instead I roamed around Algesiras that day.
Yet , now …. after all three years I really miss Egypt so much , the place is eventually quite fresh to me , for I have already a bit saturated with european castles .
And the city had some straight atmosphere with some naive people the developed big city lost .
Oh oh , Egypt you are one of the top on my list countries I ‘ d like to visit again !
40 days in Europe and Africa Sep.30 Egypt part 2 An impressive sunset at the Pyramid
The sun was just falling on the edge of Pyramid , I am not a fanciful person but can’t help feeling some kind of solemnity .
This is the crossroad at the Giza street and the north – east corner of Pyramid area
In Cairo traffic lights are quite rare , so people have to run through the stream of rushing cars , this is one of the few .
Yet , people tends to go through the car streaming even though in big roads like this
17;01 I went down south
Horses along the streets . To the one who had just been travelling Europe for more than a fortnight , this scenery was quite novel !
I reached the gate at around 17:15 but to my astonishment , the gate was closed and the guard said it is shut at 5 PM …
I bemoaned horribly , ” What kind of the tourist site closing only at 17:00 is this ? , it’s abnormally too early ! ”
Looks like a shot for some documentary about mystery place , oh dear !
17:21 Inevitably I took some photos from outside the gate , this one reminds me some 50’s film with an old cottage and horses .
17:47 I went back to the crossroad of Giza street and turn left and found this paintings on the wall . Absolute Egypt !!
17;56 the dusk became deep . Oh ! what’s happening inside the Pyramids ?
Nothing . But even though I graduated the faculty of science , I can’t resist to imagine some ineffable things going over there !
40 days around Europe and Africa , Egypt
I left the hotel at noon , when I checked out I asked the manager if the streets are safe , the possibility of danger . Answer was ” Not at all ! Nooooot at All ! ” He said with half a horselaugh .
But , but after almost two month later , 24 Nov. 2017 , Al-Rawda mosque , 200 km North-East of Cairo , was attacked and more than 300 people were killed … Actually , my visit in Cairo on 30th Sep. was quite safe , but seems some massacre would be happened rather easily in Egypt .. I may be lucky , somehow Egypt is the one of the countries I want to visit again vigorously .
I took video from inside the shuttle while going from the hotel to airport
Arabic , I ‘ m in Egypt
I tried to ride a public bus to the center of the city , went to the bus terminal , but so many route were there and most unfortunately there was no English sign for destination put on the head of buses , they were written in Arabic … So, the day of asking commenced. Finally, I found the one and started to take video through the window.
In Cairo , the way for collecting fee is unique , the conductor gathers it first , then from next stop , he stays at the back of the bus and the fee of new customer is handed from people to people like this and the balance is also handed back by people , primitive but warm system .
I reached the Nile River at 15；00
Then I headed to the Pyramid
When the bus crossed over the Nile , I saw the donkey was pulling a cargo , a modern white car and an old system , a nice contrast and fresh to the tourist travelling Europe like me .
Some Egyptians look to tourist’s money and talk with a nuisance but some are kind , a guy who listened to my asking to the conductor told me voluntarily how to get to the Pyramid when the bus got close it .
A distinctive backstreet filled with African taste , most women ware a scarf and a robe .
16;48 finally the Pyramid emerged in front of me .
I could not help feeling some kind of awe !!!
Oh oh oh ! I felt like I time-warped to the ancient age !
Exuberant !! Astounding ! Enthralling ! Ebullient ! Diverting ! Captivating !
Riveting ! Scintillating ! An Inimitable figure !
Difficult to find the words to express that ineffable feeling when I saw the Pyramid .
Just Awesome !
Continued to part 2