Email from Giza

Giza!‏

Hello again,

We just found an internet cafe after our first full day in Giza.  Our hotel tried to tell us we weren’t allowed outside, but…we just walked out anyways.

Today was fun.  We did random tourist stuff.  Rode camels.  Drank Turkish coffee in the local shops.  Of course, it is hard to overcome the disappointment of the pyramids still being closed.  Our big hope was that things would be settled down enough by the time that we came back to Cairo so that the pyramids would be reopened, but no such luch.  Still, we could at least stand outside the gates and take pictures of them.

We have an amazing view of the pyramids from our hotel room.  The hotel gave us the rooms for half-price seeing as how we are the only guests.  Seriously.  A huge hotel, with a full staff and big windows facing the pyramids, and no one there but Miyuki and I.  Everyone is hustling around, trying to find something to do for us, but I am afraid we aren’t giving them much work.  We we showed up, the whole hotel had basically been shut down, so it took awhile for them to turn on the water and electricity to the upper floor…that was scary.  The first time we turned on the taps it came pouring out yellow because the water had been sitting stagnent in the pipes for so long, but it is all better now.

Miyuki and I became somewhat minor celebrities walking around town today.  News crews and journalists swooped on us near the pyramid gates, calling us “The Last Tourists in Egypt.”  We got interviewed by the Associated Press, by Italian, Belgian and Spanish journalists, and by some Americans from the Christian Science Monitor.  Look for us in your favorite newspaper soon.

Unfortunately, our celebrity wasn’t enough to convince them to open the pyramid gates for us…we tried.  Oh, and apparently, some people think we are spies.  The Christian Science Monitor journalist speaks Arabic, and talked to some locals about us who think that we cannot possibly be tourists.  But, for the most part, everything is great.  When we walk down the streets, people run up to us to shake our hands and say how happy they are to see tourists walking around Giza, doing normal things like riding camels and seeing the pyramids.  In a strange way, we seem to be giving hope to everyone that things will return to normal someday.  As long as their are tourists in the streets, then there is hope for Egypt.

Our big worry now is wether or not we will be able to get a flight home.  We tried calling the Cairo Aiport, but couldn’t get through.  Our regularly scheduled flight in February 9th on Lufthansa, and according to the Cairo website it is still scheduled to depart.  We will feel better if we get someone on the phone to confirm, so we will try again tomorrow.

Hope to give an update soon if we can get back to the US as planned.  Tomorrow, we have no plan…maybe shopping…maybe more camels…we never really know what is going to be available until the day dawns.   But we are definitely looking for something good to eat.  Egyptian bread and cheese is delicious and all, but one does get bored of it.

Hope to give good news soon!

Zack “Khufu” and Miyuki “Cheops” Davisson

PS: Camel riding is scary!  They are huge!  And not so kind on the legs….

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