Day 1: Travel and Arrival

So getting here to Cairo takes a while.  Columbus to JFK and then 7 hours in JFK!.  Only good part was it let me take care of some paperwork I had to get done and could not finish before we left.   We flew Royal Jordanian Airlines to Amman, changed planes and then came on to Cairo.  10.5 hour flight to Amman.  It was not as bad as I anticipated, but I had a middle seat and slept fairly well.  Poor Jim and Missy were on the isles and got bumped a lot by people going by.  The aircraft was a 787: 9 seats across in coach.  I couldn’t bring my self to spend 4x the price per ticket for “business” class just for the sleeper seats.  Food was decent and service good.  We finally arrived in Cairo about 7:00 pm and were met by a tour manager who took care of  of our visa’s and then introduced us to our guide who then took care of transport and getting us settled in the hotel.  Traffic here is CRAZY!  Like LA freeway at rush hour meets French or Italian drivers with constant horns,lane changes, etc. Not a place I would ever want to drive myself around!  We came prepared with scarves but an Egyptian woman on our flight said not to worry about it.  The flight attendant chimed in and said the only country we have to worry about wearing a scarf is Saudi.  In Egypt, Jordan, and the like, not an issue. So for now we are not going to wear them but anticipate doing so when we go to the medieval bizzaar and are required to wear it when we visit the Mosque of Ali.  Well it is midnight here now.  I’ll up load pictures of the hotel tomorrow.  We are staying at Mena House.  It was built in 1869 as a royal palace and converted at some point to a hotel.  It has been extensively added onto and is gorgeous!  We start bright and early tomorrow with our introduction to the 2 weeks and then it is off to Saqqara.  We meet Dr Zahi Hawas tomorrow also for our first lecture and tour from him.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s