COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition


Waking Up in Cairo – New and Familiar Sights by Carli
March 1, 2008, 10:36 pm
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Author: Carli

I woke up this morning and opened the window shade on the airplane just in time to see the African coastline approaching. From that altitude, the topography could have been the coast of New Jersey, but I tried to imagine all sorts of safari beasts running free 36,000 feet below me. I can’t believe that I left Columbus yesterday, fell asleep somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, and woke up over the African continent. And now here I sit in a hotel room in Cairo. The immensity of this trip and the adventure we are about to embark on has yet to hit me.

Upon arriving at the Cairo airport, our group trudged through security and customs, answered countless questions about the camera gear, showed our passports to at least a dozen people, and were finally on our way. On the road to the hotel we passed high-rise buildings, apartments with drying laundry in the windows, train stations, shopping centers, and mosques, all along a three-lane highway running five-cars wide. I took particular pleasure in the billboards featuring everything from hair-loss solutions to Pepsi products. Most signage is bilingual featuring both Arabic and English.

The Marriott Cairo, otherwise known as the “Al Gezirah Palace” is the largest hotel in the Middle East, housing over 1200 room. It was built by Khedive Ismail as a guest palace for the Suez Canal inauguration celebrations in 1869, and played host to European monarchs, including Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. But we’ll get to the history soon enough. At this point, after 24 hours of traveling, Kate and I are just enjoying the palm trees out the window, a nice breeze, and a good shower.

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3 Comments

Hello everyone! Congrats on a safe journey. Take care and enjoy. Big Hugs…X S

Comment by Sarah

Hi guys – so glad to hear you made it safely and to see the pictures and read your thoughts. I can’t wait to read the next posts!
crh

Comment by Chris

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