We met up with the rest of our group on Saturday evening, 12 of us (mainly Australian with a couple of English and New Zealanders) plus our guide Mohammed (what else?). He has quite a sense of humour and speaks good English once you get used to his accent. After the group meeting we headed out to Khan al Khalili markets, a maze of alleyways where you can buy anything you wish for. Mohammed told us it was for the tourists and everything was overpriced, so after a quick wander round he took us off to see the real Cairo - mosques, medressas and other old buildings. After this we went to a restaurant for tea - chicken shawarma for me (a bit like a kebab but in a bread roll). We have an airconditioned minivan with a driver for this part of the trip so travelling is very pleasant - very un-Intrepid!
Today (Sunday) we visited the Pyramids and Sphinx - an amazing sight, they are huge, and it's incredible to think they took 23 years to build. We went inside the second Pyramid crouching most of the way. When we got to the tomb we found a group of people chanting and looking like they were in a trance - one of their group was lying inside the tomb looking quite dead! When we got outside we were still laughing about this and the guards went inside to shoo them out!
We had a short camel ride at the Pyramids, very touristy but we got some good photos.
Next stop was lunch - fallafel this time and very good too. I'm really enjoying the Middle Eastern food. After this was the Cairo Museum where we saw many mummies and King Tut's mask among other things. I would have liked longer to have a good look round but we only had two hours so it was very quick.
Then it was back into the minivan to go to the hotel, a quick shower then off to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Aswan. Apparently we have dinner and breakfast on the train so Richard popped out to the supermarket to buy some chocolate bars etc to sustain us if the food's no good!
Not sure when the next internet access will be so will update when I can.