Chaos In Cairo: A Comedy Of Errors & Assorted Pyramid Schemes        

Egypt in happier times

Egypt in happier times

November 2009

…four days of bad coffee … Wheat-a-Bix… no Wi-Fi,… good to be moving on from London.  The verdict is still out on Cairo, but at least a room will be cheaper…

The Blue Bird (Hotel) has no Wi-Fi, of course.  But they DO have a twenty-five-foot hard line… I start making onward plans… need to get to both Sudan and Eritrea…

… Eritrean embassy says that they can’t give me a visa, since I’m not an Egyptian resident… guess I’m Caught-22, but I’ll inquire again in Yemen…

… Cairo at midnight is something to behold, something like Halogen heaven.  If you shine bright enough lights on anything, I guess it’ll look good … not unlike Mexico City or one of the older sections of Bangkok…

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The Original Karges Selfie

… Hajj is just now ending, so no rush to travel to Jordan, …Syria Embassy pulls the same sh*t on me—visas for residents only… (also) available (maybe) at the Lebanon border… a flight to Beirut would cost me a cool $235 all included, less than what I was quoted last night to Amman.  I can be on that plane tomorrow if I want, paid c.c.

I’m back in business.  A Lebanon visa is available at the airport… the only question a matter of when, not if.

The Cairo International Film Festival just started yesterday and runs ten days… change hostels… Wi-Fi is top-notch.  … I finally saw a pyramid today, the whole Giza complex complete with Sphinx.

Real cats rule the streets of Cairo, as they do in all Muslim countries, hardly a dog to be seen… point of difference with “normal” Christian countries, the most obvious one being the dearth of nightclubs and bars in Muslim countries…

Cairo Film Fest

Cairo Film Fest

… my chambermaid closes the shutters and curtains tight every day, complete blackness… if you normally avoid subways because of crowds and congestion, in Cairo you’ll seek them out… like Buddhist temples compared to the traffic outside…

…newest plan: I do the flight to Beirut, then overland to Syria, and on to Jordan, but instead of continuing straight back to Egypt,  take a cheap flight to Doha, Qatar, via Bahrain on the out-bound, then back to Amman via Kuwait, effectively knocking out three more countries in addition to the three Levantine ones.  Wha’d’ya think?  Now the only question is whether to wait to travel until Friday so I can see the new Jim Jarmusch movie at the Cairo Film Festival.  Decisions decisions…

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