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Sunday, July 2, 2000
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: Hotel - Magic Hotel

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

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1179
Linear Dist: 229675
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 262
More stats...
Hotels: 401
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 126
Hostels: 261
Transit: 75
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4124

Journal Entry:
Did not sleep well at all - between the unending traffic noise, the heat, and just being wired I ended up tossing and turning all night. At three thirty I gave up and got out of bed. Once again to my surprise the taxi was waiting on time at four. Because of the lack of traffic I was at the airport in twenty minutes - far less than the hour I had allowed, and Amy's plane was going to be late! The plane only ended up being 20 minutes late (much better than the 45 forecasted), but by the time she got through immigration and customs it was six. Back at my room Amy crashed and I read the travel guide and caught up on my journal.

The plan had been to spend the afternoon at the Egyptian Museum. We decided to have lunch first - kushari, yum! Then went to the Egypt Air office (next to the museum) to try and adjust our flights so we'd have time to go to Jordan. The line at the office was moving so slowly that after forty minutes we gave up and went to a travel agent. At the travel agent we were able to get reservations but then had to go back to the hotel to get the tickets and passports so that the changes could be made. Once we got back to the travel agent it took about an hour an a half to get my ticket issued and Amy's ticket changed. Spent the time making plans to see Cairo, Dahab, and Petra. We decided to catch the early morning bus (6:30) tomorrow and plan on seeing Cairo (Islamic Cairo, the pyramids, etc.) before flying to Tanzania.

Then it was time for a fresh fruit juice and we were off to the museum... only to find out the stop admitting people at four. We had thought it was three due to confusion with the time zone change. Lack of sleep was really catching up so we hit the Nile Hilton for a cup of coffee and just hung out in the A/C for a while. Back at the hotel we hung out for a while longer, then went out for a disappointing diner. Tried to go to bed early, but by the time I finished packing for our early departure it was getting late.

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

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