Thursday, 27 April 2017 – Day 14: Cairo, EGYPT (30.0444° N, 31.2357° E)
Good day from Cairo…where that old French saying maintains its truth: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
We had to say goodbye today to Zoe & Rainey (Team Lawyers without Borders) who had to quickly answer to an antsy judge beckoning them. You will be missed…
That said, some teams are already smellin blood and the chance to move up in the standings in their absence!
The teams have been out and about since yesterday at 4PM local time…they have been given a Par 4 set of scavenges here in lower Egypt: the greater Cairo area, Suez and Alexandria. There are 4 Bonuses and over 60 scavenges to contemplate. But Egypt will be challenging for them…challenging because dealing with the constant local methods of haggling about anything and everything sometimes puts people in strange moods. Time will tell who reacts well and can function efficiently in a notoriously inefficient country.
-Visit the Pyramid Trifecta: Khufu (Giza), Djoser (Step), Dahshur (Bent)
-take our Egyptian Museum of Archeology mini-scavenger hunt
-Bargain for items in the fabulous bazaar of Cairo
-attend the Friday morning camel auction at Souq al-Gamaal
-Take a lazy float down the Nile in a traditional felucca
Our check-in at 9:30PM Friday night…
A Cautionary Tale: Security is very tight everywhere in the city during these uncertain geopolitical times with the continuing conflict next-door between Palestine and Israel continuing to cause distress throughout the region; threats
of ISIL-inspired terrorism (against local Copts), and that old self-induced paranoid authoritarianism fear–destabilization. But that is what our global cultural immersion is all about, dip out toes in insteresting places and trying to understand other people’s lives, issues and concerns, while enjoying their hospitality and unique customs. Our governments may disagree, but the Egyptian people are always open to visitors (for 5,000 years in a row!) and to their special historic country. We all feel especially safe because our visit here coincides with the Pope’s when he arrives tomorrow…the whole country is on alert.
Question of the day? What is worse living in a war zone as a result of a sudden violent crisis or in a war zone caused by decades of systemic neglect, corruption and willful decay?
Okay, until tomorrow…that roof top pool beckons.