This year, I missed a bit of the Christmas spirit because I fled away to warm and sunny Egypt. We made a two stop trip in stead of going straight to the tradition beach/swimming pool Egyptian hotel. Before we traveled to the sun kissed bath city, Marsa Alam, we made a pitstop in Caïro. Caïro is what you can call a strange city. It is always extremely crowded, but what would you expect with a population of about 20 million! people and around 4.5 million cars in just one city. The city caused a little bit of a culture shock for me as the traffic is insane, the Islam is still very present and the entire city is colored by a beige dust caused by the high degree of pollution.
In Cairo it is quite normal to join the crazy traffic on a motor bike -without helmet- with your wife, two small children and baby on the back. It is also normal to take a walk on a busy highway but finding a safe way to cross the street is more of a challenge. When travelling in Caïro, you are covering distances on a daily basis which are basically the same as crossing the entire country of Belgium. But enough about the traffic. The first night that we arrived, we were taken to a local diner where we were the only tourists. It was a meal to remember, fishsoup, aubergine dip (Baba Ghannoug), hummus, tahini dip, local bread, grilled fish, calamaris stew and so much more. It really was one of the better meals that I had in a really long time. The day after, we traveled around Cairo itself doing the typical tourist thing to visit the pyramids of Gize, the Sfinx and the Citadel, which is a beautiful Mosque. More pictures of our second day and the trip to Marsa Alam to come soon.