19.11.2011 - 19.11.2011 18 °C
Another lazy start this morning as our whole plan for today was to drive from the Gulf of Aqaba all the way back to Cairo in our bus (a good 6 and a bit hour drive). My day went something like this- listen to the ipod, look out the window, snooze, chat, look out the window some more, chat etc.
I managed to stay awake to actually see the crossing of the Suez this time around… very much an anticlimax because we just drove through a tunnel! We saw a few of those cars that everyone puts up on facebook/ you tube… you know the kind where the luggage on the roof is higher than the actual body of the car!! This all gave us a pretty good laugh! The landscape changed as we left the Sinai desert.. the huge sandstone/ granite cliffs with desert gave way to more scrubby farms and the occasional date palm the closer we got to Cairo.
It took us a good hour and a bit to actually drive through Cairo to our hotel and on arrival we heard about some violent protests that had broken out in Tahrir Square (main square in Cairo near the Egyptian Museum).. this put a bit of a damper on our last day together as a group but we still went out for a nice dinner down on the Nile.. Most of the group is leaving us tomorrow to return to their homes or to another holiday but a couple of us are hanging around so we are all heading to Alexandria tomorrow..