What an experience it was to get into the city to see the museum, where it was marked on the road that it was for three lanes somehow they manage to drive safely with 4 or 5 cars to the lane, a toot on the horn is a very polite way of saying move along, a flick of the lights gives warning that they are coming around the vehicle that is in their way, no sign of road rage anywhere. The museum was an experience of hustle the same as on the road, all the guides being very polite to each other, as a solo I was given the amazing ability to get up close to displays a guide that had a large group would stop talking and motion for his group to the side to allow me to step in and take photos, and as soon as I had given him a nod he would continue on with his group.
Sections of the museum were off limits to guides and they had to wait outside while we went in, where the mask of Tutankhamun and the numerous valuables items he was found with, there was two rooms with mummies that had been discovered and you could see how well they had been preserved, it was amazing to think that they had died 3, 4 or 5 thousand years before, then I had the thought “I'm looking at dead people", then back again to being amazed at how well they were preserved looking at intricate details of their hair, nails even their teeth. There was one mummy that was documented as obese, probably only a size 10 for the size of her.
After the museum I visited the citadel of Salah Al-Din, Maged my guide was very good at explaining that religion, from there we went to the hanging church, a Greek church and even a synagogue, Maged explained all the religions without any bias although I did say to him in one of the churches “this is your isn’t it?” to which he responded “yes” he had a passion for all of the religions but the detail he gave the actual church really showed he was passionate about that one.
From there I was taken to a gold shop to which I was tempted but left empty handed and on to the Khan El-Khalili an old market in Cairo, haggling is not my best skill, so I walked around the markets with my guide saying no, I am sure I will be able to assist the economy in other parts of Egypt.
Finally it was time to head to the airport for my flight to Aswan, where I sat for hours waiting for my flight.