– SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2015
The city of Cairo is the second most dense city in the world (based on population per square km) just after Manilla. All along our travels through Egypt we kept hearing that Cairo is a terrible city with trouble everywhere. I have to say, we stayed in the heart of downtown Cairo and we did not experience anything like that at all. There were the typical touts who tried everything they could to get us into their little shops, but we know there is no such thing as a free lunch, so their tricks weren’t going to work. The city was pleasant and the traffic no worse than what we saw in Indonesia.
Yes, there were plenty of armed guards and major intersections had barbed wire barricades to be pulled out at a moment’s notice, but we didn’t see anything beyond that. The streets felt safe and we always stayed together. The men in Egypt did always gawk at Jill if she so much as exposed her ankles, but that’s to be expected (they don’t see attractive women much in Egypt).
The streets are filled with food options, but you need to close your eyes if you care about the North American standards for cleanliness. For example, 12″ breadsticks commonly served at breakfast in Egypt are baked, then placed to cool down on a floor rug they also pray on. Yes, the same floor rug they walk on during the day is the place they put baked bread to cool down (no plates or trays, just right down on the rug). After seeing that we refused to eat what we termed as “carpet bread“.
As with all cities, street graffiti is common throughout Cairo. Jill took some pics of the better images we found.
Now its time to explore the sights in and around Cairo.
For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.