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Thursday, April 30, 1998
Cairo, Egypt
Egypt's FlagNile Valley's Flag

Cairo, Egypt:
Latitude: 30° 3' 48" North
Longitude: 31° 14' 23" East
Altitude: 476 feet
From Seattle: 8313 miles
Lodging: Transit - Train: Cairo - Aswan

Today's Travel:
Country: Egypt
Region: Nile Valley
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Bab Zuweila Islamic Cairo, Egypt

Mosque of Salih Talai (?) Islamic Cairo, Egypt

Mosque of Mohammed Ali (Citadel) Islamic Cairo, Egypt

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 385
Linear Dist: 98051
Countries Visited: 32
Regions Visited: 121
More stats...
Hotels: 81
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 39
Hostels: 133
Transit: 34
Beers: 1496

Journal Entry:
Spent most of the day walking around (and to and from) Islamic Cairo. It's a crazy maze of shopping streets and old mosques. Has a incredibly filling and delicious lunch of kushari that cost me 1.5 Pounds Egyption (<$.50) at a sit down restaurant. Did some papyrus shopping, mostly for the experience rather than the desire to buy anything (I didn't). Walked from Al-Azhar (the worlds oldest university) through Bab Zuweila (the only surviving Southern city gate) to the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and the Citadel. It was a big walking day (which I'm very aware of since my legs and butt are killing me from yesterday's pyramids), at least 6 miles.

Spent the evening working on the London flight problem. Called a recommended travel agent in London only to find out that they can't handle inbound flights. So back to the pavement searching for a cheap flight. The best I found wat 970 Pounds Egyption (~$300), which seems about twice what it should cost. Got a reservation so I can think about it for another week.

Caught the train, it's very nice. The saloon car is panaled in inlaid rosewood and looks like something out of an Agathie Christy novel. Met an American couple doing a tour of Egypt and played cards with them until midnight.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Cairo
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Egypt
CIA World Fact Book: Egypt

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