Conned in Cairo

Thankfully it was not for an extortionate amount of money so please don't panic. Still, this post will illustrate the tragic depth of deceit some people can go to earn a living, albeit a terribly dishonest living. This is a text-heavy post so if you haven't the ten or fifteen minutes available right now, re-visit at your own convenience. Kindly remember that you only have ...

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What is there to see and do in curiously crazy Cairo?

Its not so much the city which is curious, though it is crazy, rather it's the people. You see, sadly tourism has all but died here and there is evidence of that almost everywhere, especially down-town. The streets are littered with many things, chiefly dirtiness but in this context, tour-hosting businesses. I observed and admired a small minority still active, though probably only just I'm guessing. The others that have failed  ...

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Getting to the Giza Plateau

Where, what or who is Giza? The immediate vicinity surrounding the pyramids is known as the Giza Plateau/Giza Necropolis. Reaching it from down-town Cairo is very easy, though it really wasn't for me as I'll explain later on. However for informational purposes you would simply take a metro to Giza and then catch a short, inexpensive taxi to the Pyramids. Despite th ...

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Destination Luxor on board my first ever sleeper train!

After what is now a concatenated nine months of proper travelling, I've finally experienced something quintessentially 'backpacker-esque' and the clue's in the name, 'sleeper'. Taking a night-train is arguably a 'must-try' for all backpackers, including the unlikely ones and so I can now say I've joined that club. I've managed to avoid this through a combination of lots of available time, strategic pl ...

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Excursions and activities in Luxor

Luxor is famed for many ancient archaeological discoveries and perhaps most notably for the 1922 discovery (by the British) of the tomb of the young-King, Tutankhamen. Whilst that famous golden 'headed-mask' you can probably envisage is kept in the Museum of Antiquities back in Cairo, the tomb remains here in Luxor making it two very separate destinations for tourists to visit. How convenient. How Egypt... ...

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72 hours: Luxor to Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab

    Look's quite some distance, huh? And it was. Though I know what you might be thinking - he'll have crossed the Red Sea by ferry. This is Egypt rememb ...

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Delightful Dahab

Dahab was not a place I had heard of until I'd reached as far south as Luxor. The first mention was from Japanese couple that checked into my Luxor hostel for one night. I asked what and where it was. They said they had heard it to be the complete opposite of Luxor and Egypt in general, then informing me it was South Sinai (Sharm El Sheik region). They told me there were catching a 16 hour bus to reach it. Eyes and mouth wide open I asked them ...

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