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Australia! continued…

by on Feb.19, 2009, under Uncategorized

Brisbane is my favourite Australian city! Although, the only cities we’ve been to are Sydney and Brisbane, but Brisbane is just great!

We got to Brisbane at about 5pm on Monday night. We checked in to the hotel then walked down town. We went to the mall and had supper (Felafel Kabobs) and then just looked around and walked back to the hotel. It’s such a nice city. Clean. Pretty. Exciting!

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by on Feb.16, 2009, under Uncategorized

We left Egypt at 10:30am on Friday the 13th. Friday is their Sabbath day, so it’s much quieter than the rest of the week.

When we got to Egypt, we were met by an English speaking man holding a sign that said “Ms Katherine and Mr Steven”. He then helped us get through customs and security and then introduced us to his boss, George, who the drove us to our hotel. The same people picked us up at the hotel and took us to the airport and helped us get through security and check in for our flight. They were so helpful! To anyone traveling to Egypt, I would definitely recommend hiring them. They made things so much easier.

a P.S. about Egypt: I need to learn how to make Koshary and Falafels!

We flew 6 hours to Singapore, which seemed to go by rather quickly because we slept for most of the way.

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Egypt! continued…

by on Feb.11, 2009, under Uncategorized

One of the reasons why this trip is so great is because we get to see things about other countries that most tourists don’t see! Our tours have been private tours, so it has just been Steve and I and our tour guide, Reham.

On Sunday morning we went to the Citadel.  The Citadel is a major tourist attraction. The citadel contains Al-Gawhara Palace, the National Military Museum and the Police Museum. It was built as a fortress and a royal city. Legend has it that Saladin (the Sultan) chose the site for its healthy air.  The story goes that he hung pieces of meat up all around Cairo.  Everywhere the meat spoilt within a day, with the exception of the Citadel area where it remained fresh for several days.

The fortress was built between 1176 – 1183 AD.

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by on Feb.08, 2009, under Uncategorized

So, our flight from Japan to Singapore was nice and short. Only 6 hours. But because we got up so early that morning, by the time we got to Singapore, we were both so tired! Apparently, when I get that tired, I have very little patience and when Steve gets tired, he gets very grumpy. Not a good combination. We pretty much hated each other for 8 hours. ha ha (our lay over in Singapore was 8 hours long!) We found a place to eat, got some free foot and leg massages, then found a little corner by our gate that seemed to be pretty deserted and slept on the floor for about 3 hours. That seemed to help. I’ll write about the awesome-ness that is the Singapore airport when we stay in Singapore next week.

Our flight to Cairo from Singapore left at 2am. It was an 11 hour flight, so by the time we got to our hotel in Cairo, we had been traveling for about 25 hours straight!

We were met at the Cairo airport by an English speaking driver. He helped us get through customs and then introduced us to George; the one who will be taking us on a tour of Fayoum in a couple of days, and also taking us back to the airport on Saturday (i think)

The Cairo airport was very intimidating. As is Cairo itself. There are guards and police everywhere. There are 3 kinds of police. the regular Police, Tourist Police, and Traffic Police. There are guards outside at the corners of our hotel with large guns. The traffic is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. There seem to be millions of cars following only one rule: “try not to hit anything”! You can see in the next picture how the cars just drive where they can find room. The horns are used constanly, but not in the “hey what do you think you’re doing” kind of way. It’s more like “in case you don’t see me, my rearview mirror is scraping along the side of your car”


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by on Feb.06, 2009, under Uncategorized

I am writing this blog on the plane!

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The World trip begins!

by on Feb.03, 2009, under Uncategorized

It’s going to be difficult to keep track of dates,  since currently  we’re a day a head of you at home.  It confuses me a little bit.  But so far,  a little confusion is well worth this trip!

I had been feeling quite a bit of stress about this trip since December.  I worried about things like visas and passports and vaccinations being on time. The night before we left was the worst. I was almost dreading the thought of leaving, but Steve’s dad helped me feel better. Now I feel calm and happy and excited. I have no worry at all. If something goes wrong, it will just be an extra thing to write about!

So, our adventure began in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 1st. Steve’s mom, Shari, came with us to Calgary where we stayed in the Delta Airport Hotel since we had to be at the airport at about 5am on the 2nd. We didn’t want to have to drive to Calgary at 3am. The Delta is attached to the Airport, so we were able to just walk from there in the morning. Shari drove Steve’s car back to Lethbridge so we wouldn’t have to pay for long term parking.  We checked in at the Air Canada counter and discovered that our two backpacks were slightly overweight (mine) and over-sized (Steve’s), so we moved some things around and ended up being able to carry our luggage onto the plane with us. This turned out to be really convenient throughout the trip so far.

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