I finally went to the pyramids today. I took the bus there which helped me avoid the taxi touts. I hate to say this now, before I’ve been to Luxor, but Egypt isn’t such a hassle. I mean, it is, but nothing compared to India. Generally if you ignore everyone they will leave you alone. Sure, I hear all the snickers, kissing and sucking noises and comments about my backside but I can now easily let that all roll right off.
Yesterday when my hotel’s owner kept insisting I sit down on the phone I explained that I needed the exercise. He told me that I’m just Egyptian men’s type—not too big, not too small. My dormmate told me that people have commented on her being too thin. The women here are definately bigger and I feel a lot better about myself after Asia. I’m like a monster there.
In more exciting news, while I was in Cairo I found the Moleskine 2007 notebook I’ve been searching for in four countries. Only a few of you will understand how much this means to me. I can’t wait to sit down and copy the past two and a half months of expenses into it.
When I stopped by the Ethiopian Airlines office yesterday the agent put my name on a ticket. I believe it was leaving Cairo March 30th to Ethiopia with an open ticket to Nairobi. I might want to change that to Dar es Salam, but I have a week or two to confirm it with her. In any case, no money or obligation was involved but at least I have something in the works.
Although the ticket is around $510 USD I might just go with it. The cheapest ticket I can get to Ethiopia one-way is in the high $300 range and the more I research the land route between Ethiopia and Kenya the less inclined I am to take it. If I met a few people going that way it would be fine, but it’s not something I can consider on my own. With that in mind, an onward ticket would have to be less than $130 to make the Ethiopian quote overpriced and I doubt I would find a flight out of Ethiopia for anything close to $130.
Tonight I catch a first class train to Aswan on the Southern end of The Nile, in Upper Egypt. The train takes around 12 hours, but I only have a seat, no bed. The tourist train would have been nice, but at $60 USD a bed I just can’t justify it. My new student card got me a first class seat for around $11. Let’s just hope I don’t end up next to an Egyptian man that finds me just his type.