Africa

From Sinai to Cairo

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Six in the morning. I wake up and the virus is still doing his thing, but apparently he was already giving his last blows. Tired of going from the bathroom to the bed and from the bed to the bathroom, and seeing that it seemed that the virus was giving me a truce, I went out to throw myself on the sun lounger while taking another marmaría that the hotel prepared for me.

Going by road through the Sinai you find camels planted in the middle of the road.

That was our last morning in Tarabeen, at twelve we had met the taxi driver to take us to Sharm el Sheik airport and from there fly to Cairo. The plan he had for our last night in the country went to hell. I wanted to have called Shari to see if he wanted to go riding with us through the desert under the moon, one of the favorite attractions of the cairotas, but my body was not like to gallop. So we didn't complicate our lives and we went to do the typical last minute purchases.

We asked the taxi driver to come and pick us up at 12 and it was 12.30 and he still hadn't showed up. He finally arrived and once inside the van he told us that there had been a problem and that another taxi driver had gotten bad and that he had to pick up other customers elsewhere. Do not worry, that for internal flights being an hour before there was time to spare. Anyway, without being able to complain, he went to find a family of Germans who were going to spend the day in Dahab. And I saw it clearly, I wanted to take advantage of the trip to earn double. That is, he charged us as a private service and others the same. Two birds with one stone. Above it was smart, because we paid the transfer to the hotel, so we couldn't complain to anyone. Surely that would not have bothered me much if I had not had my intestinal situation. I was already suffering for two hours from Tarabeen to Sharm el Sheik, as above to add stops.

Flying over the Sinai

Finally, after the stops in Dahab and to refuel gasoline (in Egypt it is refueling with the engine running! O_O) we arrived at the airport and said goodbye to the taxi driver, who ran out of tip.

Upon arriving in Cairo, a lot of taxi drivers were thrown at us offering their services. Then some intermediaries approached us and told us they were taking us for 150 L.E. I told them not to freak out, that the hotel charged us 75 L.E. for coming to get us and that at most he paid 60 L.E., finally an older man approached us and told us that he was taking us for 60 L.E. Apart from the toll (5 L.E.), we accepted and the others began to rise.

Strangely for Cairo and fortunately for my stomach, there was almost no traffic and we arrived at the hotel in about 20 minutes. When checking in at the Longchamps Hotel, they told us that because they were "special clients" they gave us a better room than the one we had booked. We went up to the room and the truth is that there was quite a difference with what we had in our first days in Egypt. It was completely renovated not long ago and was of a much more modern design.

This is the room we were given in our second stay
at the Longchamps Hotel. Take upgrading!

We left our bags and went to look for a taxi to go to Khan el Khalili. Initially I would have liked to take advantage of and do the shopping around the market by haggling, but since I didn't have any desire to waste time we went to the safe, that is, to Jordi's shop.

Jordi's shop is known because it is a shop where prices are fixed and there is no need to haggle. The truth is that everything goes cheaper there. To find it is not easy. I have made a map to see if I can guide you, although I have to admit that I have done it by heart.

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