Thursday, March 25, 2010

Adventure vacations R us….

Now that we had spent a few days in Hurghada, snorkeling in the Red Sea, looking at temples and learning how to drink beer, it was time to head to Cairo for a couple of days. We had heard the Egyptian Museum was awesome and deserved a good amount of time. And, of course, the pyramids of Giza. Knowing we only had a limited amount of time, we booked the first flight out of Hurghada. The flight is only an hour, so we could have the rest of the day to explore the museum and Cairo.

As we left our room to check out, I noticed it was unusually windy. It had been windy for a couple of days prior, but this was different. I could hardly walk, it was blowing so hard. That’s when I noticed the sand. It was everywhere! From the room, it looked like fog or something, but it was sand. And that’s when I learned a new word; sham’al – big freakin’ sand storm.

As we got in the cab to go to the airport, for our one hour flight to Cairo, we asked the driver if he thought this would pass quickly. His answer? N’shallah (God willing)

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Let me describe the airport for you, don’t worry, it won’t take long. Three check-in counters, walk through metal detector, seating for the two gates and one coffee shop/snack bar.

As you can imagine, our flight was delayed an hour. No big deal, we found a table in the snack bar/coffee shop and settled in to wait. It was only for an hour, right? N’shallah.

Apparently, God wasn’t all that willing because TEN HOURS, and one crime novel later, this is what we’re reduced to for entertainment in the airport:

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How can you get stressed out when you’re hanging with a guy like this?

The other flights had already been sent back to hotels for the night. We did manage to get on the one and only flight to Cairo that day. We eventually made it to the hotel. At midnight! All I can say is thank goodness for 24 hour room service and a bottle of wine.

Tomorrow, we reconnect with our Chuck Norris loving Italian friends and visit the pyramids. And I ride a camel! Again!

On a side note, while we were twiddling our thumbs and playing with plastic spoons, we were receiving text messages about my brother and his wife, who were very busy this day:

Ella Jean

Welcome, little one!

11 comments:

  1. Precious. Congratulations to them.

    Yikes that looked scary insane. I think that might just be hell on earth. 10 hours in a miniature airport. At least you had a book!

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  2. All this story about Egypt and your travels... and I'm most struck by that baby picture! AWWW. I wanna hold a little baby again!

    *slap face* No, I don't.

    Congratulations to your brother!

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  3. Wow, that is an impressive sand storm. I guess I won't complain about the rain we had yesterday.

    That baby is precious! Congrats to your bro and especially his wife. :)

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  4. Holy crap that's a sandstorm! It's like the movies! Glad you made it safely and extra glad you had all the airport entertainment (the clown and the new baby!). Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  5. What a beautiful baby!

    Sounds like you're having a wonderful time!

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  6. Awe... talk about precious!! That baby is beautiful!!

    Sorry about your big freakin’ sand storm and long delay, that's the pits.

    Continue on now. Have fun and we await pictures.

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  7. Clearly, contact lenses are a no go during a sandstorm!

    And AWWWW, what a cute baby!

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  8. OMG - your new little nephew is absolutely PRECIOUS!!!

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  9. That's an adorable baby, congratulations to your brother and his wife.

    sham’al indeed! That is one serious sand storm, wow! Nothing like a 10 hour delay for a 1 hour flight, lol. Sounds like you handled it well though.

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  10. The baby up there? The pretty one? Her name is Ella Jean. I should have specified whether it was a girl baby or a boy. Sorry Ella's mom & dad!

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  11. All the 'ancient' wonders you've visited lately can't compare to the 'modern' wonder of that baby girl!! Hope my grandmother's pride isn't showing too much!
    Miss ya, Kid.

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