Flights had become expensive last Christmas (Dec 2012) and EgyptAir was among the cheapest. I was also interested in seeing a bit of Egypt since I had never been. So I booked the flight to Abuja, NG to transit overnight in Cairo on the return leg to London Heathrow.
The cheapest way to get to see cities is to transit through them. This is because sometimes the airline covers hotels bills and you don’t have to pay anything extra to visit the country. Transiting need not be a drag and an unfortunate glitch to our journeys that we can’t wait to get over. A very important thing to remember is to check that you do not require transit visas. Countries like Egypt and Ethiopia do not require transit visas.
So I made up my mind about having a little bit of tourism under my belt and I planned for it by having some dollars (USD) on hand (very important). On the way back to London from Abuja, NG we arrived at Cairo for about 6pm (not exactly sure though). I quickly went to sleep as soon as the hassle of getting from the airport to the hotel was over (which took endless hours into the night, we got into our rooms about midnight). But I had a plan…the next day bright and early I was up and ready to hit the town before our flight for 2pm.
So I cajoled a fellow passenger (who was afraid of the riots happening in Cairo even though he was a soldier) to go to see the pyramids and the making of papyrus paper (which is the first record of paper in the world). Just outside the hotel was a tourism taxi (most hotels usually have them. Alternatively you can ask the front desk at the hotel) who was willing to take us around to see a few sites.
Off we went into Cairo, first to a ‘papyrus museum’ having been shown how to make it, I bought some cool art made on them…by now we were running late and the taxi driver was on another level weaving in and out of traffic. At this point, I feared for my life so buckled my seat-belt and said a prayer. By the time we got to the pyramids, we could only take a peek at it from a distance as time was just no longer on our side then we hurriedly headed back.
Through the ride through town I got to see a lot of cool things and places,bat least I got to see a bit of Cairo and can say it was eventful, full of adrenalin and not a waste of transit time. We arrived back at the hotel in good time for the ride to the airport.