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Thursday, July 13, 2000
Dahab to 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
Regions: Sinai Peninsula, Nile Valley
Route: Bus: Dahab - Sharm el-Sheikh - Cairo
Path:Dahab - Cairo, Egypt
Linear:231 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1190
Linear Dist: 230449
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 264
More stats...
Hotels: 412
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 126
Hostels: 261
Transit: 75
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4135

Journal Entry:
Slept in, then packed and had a final lunch on the beach. Caught a pickup to the bus station. A very long bus ride - started with not too loud readings from the Koran (very relaxing), but soon switched to bad Arabic music and worse movies (in Arabic) - all at full volume. Got into Cairo about ten - only to have a massive hassle with the taxis. Amy got a little irritated with me when I told a driver off using some impolite words (fuck!) when he lied to me and told me the hotel we'd just stayed in was closed. Another said the hotel was full (he'd just dropped off some tourists there earlier- yet he didn't know where it was). Even the tourist police told us the wrong price and that we should take this taxi. Finally we just started walking and almost immediately found a taxi that was willing to take us for the right price. Of course half way there he tried to negotiate a new price. Once there we paid him what we had agreed to (and what we knew to be fair) - he wasn't happy but so what. Checked in to the hotel (lots of room), had a fast dinner of Kushari, then off to bed. Ah the joys of Cairo...

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

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