COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition

Experiencing Real Egyptian Flair by Josh
March 8, 2008, 7:57 pm
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Author: Josh

You wouldn’t think there’d be more to say after Kate and Carli’s entries, but there is. We ended the day at a local market, after unsuccessfully attempting to make it to the only FedEx store in Luxor before it closed (the working hours of most stores here are much more flexible than those of businesses in the States – yet another reflection of the generally relaxed attitude here).

We asked our cab driver to take us to the actual local market, not the kind of bazaar that the tourists usually frequent. And we certainly got what we asked for. It was quite obvious to everyone involved that we weren’t local, a fact that was highlighted even more by the frequent horse and buggies that ferried the tourists rapidly through the streets. What an experience. We saw live chickens being sold, colorful local fruits that were clearly grown organically, baskets of spices, donkey-pulled carts, and about as much local flavor as we’ve had the chance to experience anywhere on this trip.

Overall, our experience has been rather sanitized, as we’ve been shuttled from our sheltered hotels back and forth to the sites by a team of guides and guards who are clearly dedicated to taking the best of care of us. And while we’ve certainly been well looked after, we’ve missed out on some of the Egyptian flair that helps to further illustrate that we aren’t in Kansas anymore.

It’s nice to remember that in some places, there are no such things as price tags, eye-catching packaging can be substituted with quality merchandise, and, maybe most importantly, that the vast majority of the world doesn’t do their shopping at the Quickie Mart.


Collision in Cairo by Carli
March 2, 2008, 8:16 pm
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Author: Carli

I’m going to title this paragraph “Collision” because there is just no other way to describe it. We were riding through the streets of Cairo on our shockingly gigantic tour bus, when a sharp right turn, nearly missing a group of German tourists ended with a horse and buggy trapped between us and a parked car.

The horse was fine, but the buggy didn’t fair so well. A plethora of onlookers helped cantilever the buggy out from its mangled state between the bus and car. Then the countless armored street police just waived us on. They cited the driver of the car for being parked illegally on the street, and we were on our way.

After that minor-disaster, we regrouped at the hotel, and then headed back out to the streets with just our quick-click personal cameras (since we were still sans paperwork). We took a stroll down the promenade along the river, sipped on espressos and freshly squeezed orange juice in Andalusian Garden, then watched the sun set on a sky-walk bridge over the Nile which split the skyline down two sides. Why yes, of course this is a work trip!

Me and Josh Overlooking the Nile and Cairo

Carli and Josh in Downtown Cairo at Dusk

Video Panorama of Downtown Cairo