Well, we arrived in one piece, thought I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a bit of an adventure. Our arrival in Cairo was a bit confusing, at one point they insisted on taking our passports and tickets and sent us into a big holding room. That was very upsetting. Then somebody explained that we had all obtained visas prior to arrival. Then they sent us back to were we started still without a clue as to where we should go. Because our layover was almost 12hrs we had been given hotel and dinner vouchers. We didn't realize that we would have to leave the airport to do this we thought we were still considered "in transit", It's a good thing I got a multiple entry visa!
Once at the hotel we were assigned rooms. The room I got had somebody in it already! oops! Anyway we fixed that and I got my own room. I got a shower and had lunch with my parents in the hotel restaurant. Despite the fact that I was obviously with my parents the waiter wasted no time in flirting with me. However I think he was running on less sleep than we were so it came off pretty clumsy and silly. No need to worry Austin, there's no competition here. Anyway, not wanting encounter any more trouble we arrived back at the airport with plenty of time to relax and wait for our flight to Nairobi. We arrived early this morning about 5am. We went about pulling our bags off belt.
However, about 15 people didn't get their bags in the end. No surprise I didn't get either of my bags, par for the course for me. :P I am use to this however so I do have a few changes of cloths with me in my carry on baggage. The bags didn't make the connection in New York to Cairo. They will hopefully arrive tomorrow though.
My observations so far ( a little clouded by lack of sleep and irregular meal times) is that there is a sharp divide between classes here, there are some obviously well off people driving new cars and others who walk along or across busy roads or cram into tiny buses. All the housing compounds are surrounded by brick walls and barbed wire. Thankfully we have some time today to adjust and figure out what we will be doing and where we'll be doing it. The schedule here seems to work "from day to day".
I'll say one thing for our hosts, they are amazing! With very little notice they had a warm meal ready for 100 guests when we arrived from the airport, we didn't arrive until after 9am because we had to report our late luggage and that took longer than one might think.
Anyway I'm going to sign off for now. Just wanted to assure you all that we're safe and in one piece. The people are charming and friendly.