Sam Bowker: The Grand Tour Diary (2005 - 2006)

This is the archived journal of a 2005-2006 'Grand Tour' around the Eastern Mediterranean and along East Africa, written by Sam Bowker, whilst in search of his PhD topic.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Cairo - Follow up

Just a quick update -

My backpack turned up! Late on the night before I left for Syria, it arrived at the Residence. Ha'amdeliyah!

The earlier part of the day, my only full day in Cairo, was spent exploring the Kahn with Mum and Dad. There was a fantastic historic house, the tentmaker's souk (market), and many regions used far more by locals than tourists. The evening was spent on a felucca on the Nile, which did its best despite an abormally low breeze. Gorgeous views over Ma'adi and the reed beds.

Our car lost a great deal of radiator fluid just as we reached the dock, for some unknown reason. Dad stayed behind until the mechanic arrived, and then caught a motorboat to reach us in the felucca. A VIP entrance if ever there was one.

I am seriously looking forward to being back in Cairo in November. It was a great stay.


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