DAY 1 // CairoCairo was dirty, unkept, unstable and chaotic like most of Bangkok, although far worse – and I loved it, but hated it all the same. I was expecting this as this is what Cairo is, especially with the daily and sometimes fatal protests that were going on at Tahrir Square which was literally a walk away from my accommodation, Brothers Hostel. Most people probably think downtown Cairo is physically ugly, and I agree somewhat. I see it as ugly-beautiful. The almost uniform color shades of yellow and yellowish grey of the architecture where nearly all buildings are falling apart has a certain character to it, something I have never seen in a big city. Even as a native New Yorker that has travelled to 16 countries , it took me some getting used to. The next day I visited the Egyptian Museum.
How to reach : Take a Bus from Cairo or a direct flight(I would recommend during the summers) which takes around an hr to reach SharmEl-Sheikh. Take a Taxi to Dahab or pre book the Cab/taxi if you are flying in odd hours like I booked in advance with the stay as we where to reach at 1 am(Yes, 1 am Sinai) at our stay at Dahab. The road from Sharm to Dahab is around an 1 and half also it may vary depending on the check point traffic and the land slide(if any).It is a wonderful and safe experience to see the beautiful mountain trail and star lit sky.
This Mediterranean City, founded by Alexander the Great, has many unique attractions. Spent the day viewing the relics of a bygone age; these are the highlight of Alexandria. Visited sites such as Pompeii's Pillar, the only Amphitheatre built by the Romans in Egypt, Catacomb and more.
From Aqaba, we again set off on an amazing jeep tour into the Wadi Rum desert. And as we reached Petra, we knew it was the perfect place for a history-lover like me. As a young boy, I often imitated the adventures of Indiana Jones and now I was breathing amongst the walls that had once stood for the Last Crusade! So without further adieu, we delved our curious and excited foot steps into the carved pink sandstone and soon made our grand entrance, through the winding canyon of Siq, finally to the legendary Al Khazneh (The Treasury). Walking past the stone-resurrected tombs and narrow gorges amidst the rocks that have withheld a metamorphosis with the passage of time. And finally we got lucky for our first glimpse!Marked in every corner by its history of Bedouin culture, yet it reeks of the once effluent Pharaoh's lavish interests. So as we headed out, content with ourselves of the historical essence our trip had brought on, we realised it was just impossible to stay in Petra for just a day. To get the feel of the ruins that shaped history, we decided we'll stay on and explore more. So in the coming days came the Roman Theater and the Royal Tombs and the magnificent show that we are glad we didn't miss- Petra by Night. And with the visit to the Mountain of Aaron, our trip came to an end.