27.03.2009 - 27.03.2009
Well, here we are at last at the Swiss Inn in Cairo - 29 long hours since we left Auckland.
There is so much to take in here that I am certain my descriptions won't do this place justice, but I'll have a go:
We arrived in Cairo at 5:30am, bareley preceding a completely gorgeous sunrise. Cairo looks nothing like Dubai or Singapore from the sky - it actually looks more like Sim City. All of the buildings are uniform in colour, size and design, and even the terrain is kind of blocky (not like home where everything sort of flows together).
The airport was by far the worst I've ever seen - surpassing even Auckland for crustiness. We stepped out of the plane directly onto the tarmac and were taken by bus to be processed in a building that was some cross between a subway and a public toilet. (Think "The Matrix" subway, but tiled!) Customs was a bit of a joke - anyone with15 bucks can buy a Visa, and our bags sailed through all of the checkpoints without so much as an X-ray. Not that I'm complaining - it was all very strange, but pretty painless.
The drive back was a new experience, too - the road was sort of like a motorway, but road markings seemed like an optional thing. Very bumpy and our van had poor suspension - I missed having David there to "squeak" over the bumps. ;-)
Having been travelling non-stop for more than a full day now, we are naturally very tired and ready for bed. Unfortunately it is 7:30am here, and our hotel's check-in time is not until 12, so we are just waiting in the lobby.
Please assure the various Mums/Dads/Oma's that we are safe and well - will write more soon enough.