Cairo, Egypt, November 1, 2015
Cairo is a bustling city of 12 million and I'm sure I saw all of them today! Traffic is nuts and there are people and garbage everywhere. Honking is a requirement of driving and everybody wants to sell you something or be your 'friend'.
It took quite a while to find my hotel because the original driver had car trouble at the airport so he flagged a complete stranger down and had him take me. We drove around the block a few times before we finally found the tiny sign. There isn't one car on the roads that isn't scratched, dinted or mangled in some way.
I decided to walk to the Khan al-Khalili - a huge souk/bazar, which should have been about 3.3 km from my hotel. I google mapped it and knew the way but a 'tour guide' intercepted me en route and sent me in another direction. After 30 minutes of walking, I started asking for help and ended up getting in a community taxi van-
There were 8 of us headed somewhere. Eventually, a woman got out and motioned for me to follow her. She took me to the bazar-
Lamps for sale-
Supper was at Abu Tarek, which is the 'temple' of kushari - an Egyptian specialty since the 19th century. It's made with rice, macaroni, ground meat, lentils and topped with a spicy tomato sauce-
then deep fried onions are added-
El-Abd is Cairo's most famous bakery and it's just a couple of blocks from where I'm staying. It's easily identifiable by the crowds-
The selection is amazing and the cakes are spectacular-