One quiet, relaxing thing we did in Cairo was go out on the Nile in a
. A Felucca is a traditional wooden sailing boat in the Middle East. When you are in a city of 20 million people this is a great way to get away for a little while and be alone (this is one of the only ways to do so in the city); but you pack dinner, jump on a Felucca around sunset, and enjoy the time. Around sunset the daytime broiling
temperature drops to the upper 60s and it is beautiful.
Once you get out into the water you are alone and it is wonderful.
One fun part of Egypt was hearing the call to prayer five times a day. The calls summon Muslims to come pray at the given times throughout the day, this actually reminded me quite a bit of the church bells in Europe. Many westerners would be 'put off' by hearing this, but these people's minds also short circuit by thinking: Muslim->Jihad->Terrorism->911->I'm about to die; so their opinion doesn't worry me too much. In olden days the call to prayer was called from the minaret of the Mosque, now it is run through speakers in the minaret. It is said that Cairo is the city of 1,000 minarets
(I would add 10,000 speed bumps to that, but that's for another blog post)
so whenever you hear the call, it is all around you.
around you. It is an unparalleled experience I assure you, but very fun to hear.
So here are tonight's photos of Cairo.
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Yes, I know, I am nowhere near in focus. It just so happens that I did not take this photo. But I like it anyway....