Made it to the pyramids, but barely

As the following story contains a few unpleasant details, those of tender disposition should just look at the pictures...

On Wednesdaynight 21:20 we arrived in Cairo. It was hot, probably above 30℃ still. We are staying at the hostel brothers in the centre of Cairo. Because we stayed for 3 nights, they picked us up at the airport. The driving style here beats anything in this world, and yes, we've been in Paris, Rome, New York and Mexico City. There's nothing like it here. Everyone just drives where they please. There are lane markers, sometimes, but they're not used. So 4 lanes get turned in 5 or 6 lanes, just depending on how much gap the driver thinks he sees. There's also a fair amount of smog, but not like Mexico City. About 11:00 we arrived at the hotel. The kids were very tired, so they went straight to bed. Dad and mum went to an ATM on the corner. On the way back Dad bought an ice-cream.

The next morning Dad wasn't feeling to well. Some cramps. For breakfast he got some coffee, and a little bread, but then felt that things were not going down well. But he managed to reach his room and the toilet in his room in time. It also appeared he had a severe form of diarrhoea, the worst kind, pure water... Was it the ice cream? Or something else? Auke had been sick on Monday, Ida on Tuesday, so perhaps it was just Dad's turn.

But I felt a lot better after having disposed of the invading elements. And just not sick enough to stay in his room for a day, so we decided to stick with our plans to visit the pyramids. The hostel had arranged a cab and a guide. We passed the Nile, where the cab stopped so we could take a picture.

And then we saw the pyramids from the motorway, already an impressive sight. By the way, roads here are used by anything, from cars to camels, to asses.

The cab brought us to a place where we could hire camels and horses to go the pyramids. Glad we did that, and didn't walk. The heat was very impressive.

After some haggling we were able to secure two camels and two horses for a total of 1280 Egyptian pounds (339 NZD). That's not cheap, like a lot of things here are not cheap. You constantly get the feeling you pay the tourist price. So there we went, Ida and AnneRoos on a camel, Auke on a camel, and I and Dieuwe each on a horse. At the checkpoint we had to get off:

After a ride through the desert, we were there, it wasn't that steep, I think our guide just held the camera at the wrong angle.

We got off the camels once more. It's very interesting to see how the camels kneel. And you have to lean back, because when it does that, it is steep!

And yes, wel all found the pyramids:

I was still feeling quite well, I was afraid I would have to go the toilet in the middle of the desert, but no. The only thing was the heat, it is indeed very very hot.

The pyramids are very close to Cairo, just a few hundred metres of its edge actually.

The most left pyramid clearly shows there are some smaller pyramids next to it. It's not really for whom they are, but they are commonly called the queen pyrammids.

The head dresses Auke and Dieuwe bought, made them look really good on this occassion:

Not us, but this is what we would have looked like:

After we had arrived at the Great Pyramid and looked around a bit, the cramps returned. I had to seek some place behind a rock, and empty my stomach for the second time. You would think my dear wife would supply comfort and soothing words, but she got away as far as possible and started to take pictures. If you click on the picture, you get a bigger version and you can just make out Auke and Dieuwe at the bottom.

Luckily that was the last time, in the afternoon I already felt better, had my first real meal in the evening, and was in perfect health the next day. No idea what this had been.

And then on to the Sphynx:

It was built to protect the pyarmids, not that it helped, robbers got inside them all.

Yes, these kids got close:

And then it was time to back. Here Auke getting off the camel, after the camel really goes dow onto its knees:

That were the pyramids. The next stop was papyrus making.