Here I am in Egypt! WOW!!
I had a few funny encounters. One of them was at the airport where a man asked me if I was from Egypt (I said no, Canada) then he asked if maybe I was originally from Egypt and just moved to Canada (No), then he asked if my parents were from Egypt. (Also no) He finally just said I really look Egyptian. Whatever that means.
I booked a quick little tour out to Alexandria and turns out it was just me. And a guide. And a driver. Excellent.
We covered a lot of stuff in the first day. We checked out the catacombs that used to hold over 400 bodies. We also checked out the underground baby library with shelves built into the walls.
Alexandria was conquered by the Romans and so they built some stuff here that looks a lot like the stuff you will find in Italy. Like the amphitheatre above.
My excellent guide took me out for a local lunch experience. There was no menu, and he picked out the fish we would be eating and then the food arrived and filled up the table. All for both of us for $20.
When touring around the Citadel, there were a lot of local school kids there. A group of girls came up to me and asked me to take a picture. Turns out they wanted a pic with me. And then I got asked again. And again. Ibrahim said this is because I looked like a tourist. So the next time someone asked for a pic, I made sure I got one too on my camera.
In the evening after the huge lunch, we went out to the King of Mango for dinner. The serve fresh fruit bowls and fresh fruit smoothies.
On the way back to the hotel we hit a cafe for shisha and tea.
Today we checked out the big palace where the king of Egypt used to entertain guests. We also went to the Biblioteca Alexandria. This building replaces the originally library that was burned down(by the goddam Romans) in 300AD.
Its really just fun to check out the different kinds of beverages you can buy in the supermarket. Especially since none of those beverages are alcohol.
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Tomorrow we start the official tour of Egypt and we are off to see some pyramids and something about riding a camel.