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Sheila Wow, talk about good timing! The square & museum were inaccessible both Tues & Fri. & I was there all day Wed. & Thurs. In our perambulations, I'd lost track of what day it was & thought my departure was Thurs 1:05am, but it was Fri 1:05am. Luckily, I realized my mistake before heading for the airport & contacted Jimmy via Adel to change my airport transfer.
So, I ended up with 2 full days & spent them both at the museum. It is at once mind-boggling in its collection & infinitely frustrating due to its lack of labeling & overall abysmal curatorship.
I'd estimate that less than 2% of items are labelled at all. Of those, maybe 10% are decent labels. The rest have woefully inadequate information and laughably poor quality. Many are done on plain paper on a MANUAL typewriter!
Only the royal mummy room has any kind of climate control. Many items are not in cases & despite people going around with dusters, they have a layer of grit over them, like everything else in Cairo. The glass on many cases is also covered with dust - both inside & out. A curator from any other great museum in the world would have a conniption fit.
Just as well we didn't get there on Tues. It would have been a joke to go for an hour. Between the 2 days I spent approx. 12 hours in the bldg & it was barely enough to get a handle on the collection.
Thanks for the link, Julie. I went to the centre of Tahrir Sq. on Fri & shot a 360° video from pretty much the spot where the red dot is on the aerial shot on that linked page. My video includes 3 small tents, whose removal was referred to on CBC news today as a trigger for Friday's protest. I will, at some point, post the vid & send you all the link.

Sheila
Sheila Oops, I mean Thurs. I was in the Sq. - not Fri. Mixing up my days again - duh!
3 years ago
Steve
Steve Hey Everyone! Can't wait for this epic adventure! Please introduce yourself here and feel free to ask questions etc.
asegall
asegall Egypt has been at the top of my "must see" list since I was a child. Can't wait!
3 years ago
Julie
Julie Finally! Another continent and a new adventure! yay!
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi asegall & Julie, we travelled to Egypt a few years ago and absolutely loved it. Still today we recount stories about the culture and history. The bazaars are just crazy and the food is delicious too. We even raced donkeys over 9km between two villages. Pure, unadulterated fun. Hope you guys like it.
3 years ago
Julie
Julie Fun!! I would lOVE that and I'm very excited. :)
3 years ago
Sheila
Sheila I got the course on Ancient Egypt from these guys. thegreatcourses.com Maybe too late to get it now but holy crap it's sooo good. 48 lectures by world renowned Egyptologist Robert Brier. I'm on #37 & hope to be able to review all 48 before I leave. Google him-you can find some lectures on-line including how to make your own mummy using ancient techniques - he actually did it! Question to those who have been. How much access will we have to getting cash once en route? i.e. ATMs or banks/exchanges. I need to know how much cash to bring. Is US cash ok or do we need Egyptian? rsvp!
3 years ago
asegall
asegall todd – that sounds amazing! EXACTLY the kind of adventures i enjoy when traveling. sheila – that course sounds really interesting. might have to check it out post trip.
3 years ago
asegall
asegall just in case you haven't booked your flights yet – i found a pretty nice deal on Turkish Airlines out of JFK. they have a "comfort economy" cabin with many of the features of business class (wider seats, more leg room, USB plug-ins, etc.) for not much more than an economy ticket.
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Sheila, plenty of access to ATMs. Never had a problem with ATMs anywhere in the world, except maybe rural India or Bolivia. As for US cash, I suspect you're better off with local money. I've never tried to use US (or Australian) dollars in another country. But I'm sure you'd lose on conversion.
3 years ago
Sheila
Sheila thanks Todd. Is this based on experience in Egypt?
3 years ago
Todd

Todd Hi Sheila. Yes, I've spent a few weeks. Absolutely loved it. We travelled from Cairo all the way to Abu Simbel on the Sudanese border.

Money was never a problem and everything is cheap. A falafel sandwich with salad was about 50 cents. Taxis are cheap too. A hot air ballon above the Valley of the Kings was about $75. Probably a bit more now, but cheap nonetheless.

Only real advice I have is to try to be tolerant in the bazaars. At first it will seem like people are being aggressive and your natural instinct may be to snap or avoid them. Our guide told us to just take a breath and go with the flow. Best advice ever. Don't feel pressured and try not to be defensive. Just have fun bargaining and chatting.

Hope you have a blast :)

3 years ago
asegall
asegall just curious what camera gear everyone is planning on bringing and if there will be any lens-swapping opportunities. i will have a canon 5D, 24-70mm, 100-400mm and possibly a 70-300mm. anyone bringing a canon 16-35mm or similar wide-angle?
3 years ago
Steve
Steve I have a Nikon D80 with 70-300 and 18-55 so no swapping with you unfortunately Aaron.
3 years ago
David G
David G What is the hotel we are meeting at upon arrival in Cairo? How do we get in touch we each other in case for whatever reason we don't find guy with sign at airport?
3 years ago
Steve
Steve Hey David, I will be sending out all the hotel names and contact info on Friday. You can e-mail me but I will not have a cell phone. I’ve been doing this for 4 years and never had a problem. My operator has your flight information so if you get delayed they will know and be able to track when you arrive. I arrive after you (7:00 PM) so you will be at the hotel before me anyway. I will also provide the operator’s contact info on Friday in case you did need to contact them upon arrival. Again this is all very doubtful as I have yet to have a problem over the years.
3 years ago
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