Walk like an Egyptian

The trip began with perfect timing.  Unsure exactly of when we should be there, Brian and I arrived at the Meknes train station to buy our tickets and get on the platform just before the train arrived.  Three hours later, we waited in Casablanca for the train to the airport, excitement keeping tiredness at bay until we finished wandering the terminal and picking up our boarding passes at Mohammed V.  A few naps on the plane later and we landed in Cairo around 7am.

It was our first morning in Egypt and we couldn’t go anywhere.  We had to wait a few hours for the rental car company to open so we occupied ourselves with wandering the airport, drinking tea, and reading.  After some confusion about which rental company we needed and where it was, finally we got the car and we were off!  We didn’t know where we were going but we were going somewhere and we soon decided that, after food, that somewhere should be the Pyramids.

The amount of hassling markedly increased the closer we got to such a major tourist attraction.  We declined the multitude of offers for camels, horses, and carriages in favor of wandering the area on foot.   The pyramids are surrounded by a huge wall and chain-link fence, with a poorer neighborhood pushed up against it.   I feel like our wanderings allowed us to see things most people miss and I was struck by the contrast between the real-life neighborhood and the touristy spectacle right next door.

Broken Buildings

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We eventually found ourselves at the entrance gate, and decided we couldn’t come this far without going in so we got to explore even more.  The pyramids themselves were spectacular.  We took pictures of and with them, climbed them, went inside a tomb, saw the Sphinx, explored the foundations, and had a great time.

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