The Journey Through Egypt Begins – Spiritual Tour to Egypt – The Egypt Travel Journal of Carla & John Part 5

One weekend, John and I went for a sail on the harbour.   I just love the feel of the wind in my hair and the sea spray against my face.  It makes me feel alive.   We weighed anchor in an inlet around sunset to settle in for the night.   Together we watched the last whispers of the Sun sinking over the backdrop of Sydney in a glorious sunset.   John then dropped a bombshell that if I hadn’t been sitting down would have knocked me over.  He filled my ear with sweet nothings and then informed me with a devilish grin that the next day he was whisking me away on an overseas holiday.  He’d arranged everything including the packing.  Apparently the whole family was in on it and I was the last to know.  He told me that I would know where we were going at the check-in counter but it was somewhere special.

Well special it certainly was.   I could hardly contain my excitement when I discovered that we were going on a spiritual tour to Egypt.   All my life I’ve been fascinated by the pyramids and the Sphinx and the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.   He gave me the tour itinerary to read on the plane.   As I read it, my excitement level grew to fever pitch and tears of joy streamed down my cheeks.   John sat there watching me, grinning like a naughty school boy.

We landed in Cairo close to sunset and to my surprise we had to disembark down the stairs of the plane.   We got our first breath of the dusty air of Cairo.   We were then transported in modern buses to the terminal.   I don’t really know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn’t the modern terminal building that greeted us when we disembarked at immigration.   John headed straight for one of the bank kiosks in the immigration hall which was where he said we had to purchase our visas.   The whole immigration and customs process was so simple and straight forward.

Our Egyptian tour manager was waiting for us and took charge of our luggage.  We boarded a new and sparkling clean mini bus that was very comfortable and blissfully airconditioned and headed to our hotel in Giza.  Our tour manager explained that it was about a 2 hour drive to Giza from the airport.

The first thing I noticed was the number of cars on the roads.   Peak hour in Sydney had nothing on this.  But our driver seemed to be cool calm and collected and expertly manoeuvred his way through the traffic.   I was surprised by how modern Cairo is.   I wasn’t expecting flyovers and tunnels in their road system.  But mixed with the modern buildings were very old buildings that looked to me to be only half finished.   But in this first glimpse of Cairo I sensed a magical vibrancy waiting to be explored.

By the time we arrived at our hotel in Giza – the Mena House Hotel – it was dark.  But to the left of the hotel you could see the giant dark shape of the great pyramid silhouetted against the night sky.   I was finally here but I would have to wait until the morning to see it.