Trip to Egypt, May 2010

I had the delightful experience of visiting my mother, Helene, and her husband, Moustafa, where they live in Sakkarah, Egypt in May, 2010.

Sakkarah is a village about 30 minutes from Maadi and 45 minutes from Cairo (depending on the traffic). I got to ride horseback in the desert, ride a camel, visit pyramids and other antiquities, visit villagers, eat delightful Egyptian food, and learn to say a few things in Arabic.

Here are some of my favorite videos and pictures from the trip.

 

Photo Slideshows

 

Although the trip was amazingly not interrupted by the volcanic ash clouds, it was cut short by the strike held by flight attendants for British Airways. I didn't get to ride the falluka sailboats on the Nile or make it the Great Pyramid and Sphinx at Giza... oh well, something to look forward to for the next visit.

I learned how to say "Behave yourself!" in Arabic and fortunately, I didn't need to use it much!

Something I was unable to capture in the photos is the crazy driving and traffic. It's a free-for-all. If I understood Moustafa correctly, there is only one speed limit and thats 100 km per hour. So basically people drive as fast as they can up to that limit. If there's a space, a car shoots into it. There's no concept of not tailgating. We got a scratched bumper and a serious dent added to the car during two separate incidents in the very short time I was visiting.

Everyone was friendly, helpful and very generous. It's an amazing place to go.

And for the commercial plugs... :o)

  • I'd like to recommend the newly remodelled Sultana if you're looking for a place to stay in the Sinai near Nuweiba: Sultana Village Hotel
  • And Helene and Moustafa would be delighted to have visitors, host your stay, show you around, take you horse-back riding. It's what they do for a living: Ride-Egypt.com THANKS MOM!!!

Happy traveling!

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