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Friday, September 1, 2000
Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt:
Latitude: 30° 3' 48" North
Longitude: 31° 14' 23" East
Altitude: 476 feet
From Seattle: 8313 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Magic Hotel

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

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1240
Linear Dist: 239526
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 455
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 78
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4209
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Journal Entry:
I'm still not sleeping well so I laid in bed as long as possible. We stopped at an internet cafe to check email. While on the net 1 checked on the status of the package my parents sent and found out that it had already been delivered to the FedEx office! I can go pick it up - if I can find the office.

Stacy and I walked to tourists office near Opera Midan. The guy working there was awesome - very enthusiastic. We got a map and he marked the locations of Iran's Embassy (there is one in Cairo!), the United Arab Emirates' Embassy, the KLM and Emirates Air offices, the FedEx office, and the bus station, plus wrote the various addresses in English and Arabic. He also gave us some suggestions and told us how to get to Islamic Cairo.

From the tourist office we walked to Khan el Kalili. The bazaar was packed with both tourists and locals, but the walk over was something else. No tourists and very crowded. We wandered around until four then headed for the FedEx office. We were going to take a taxi but after a couple rip off prices we decided to walk. Looking at the traffic we decided it would probably be faster anyway. We figured that the office would close at five so we had an hour to walk back and find the office. It took us a lot longer than we thought it would, then we had to search to find the office. One and a half hours later we found it and it was still open! But, they didn't have the package. It's in Cairo, but the couriers don't work on Fridays so there's no way to get it from the warehouse. On the bright side they're open tomorrow so I can pick it up then.

By this time we'd been walking all day and hadn't had anything to eat. We were hot, tired, hungry, and a little disappointed (at least I was) so we decided to splurge on the all you can eat buffet at the Hilton.


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

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