We landed Egypt at 12.45 a. m. The customs officers examined our bags and backpacks and half and hour later we were released outside. Suddenly an endless amount of taxi driver appeared. They began attacking us together with the agents offering “the cheapest hotels” and the fraud men who claimed to exchange our currency “in the most profitable way”. Well, it was actually rather profitable for them. I was surprised when the Dutchmen immediately refused to book “the cheapest hotel rooms” and moved towards the highway intending to sleep outside somewhere in the desert. Everything became clear when one of them told me about their group which consisted of the activists who enjoyed their holidays without the conveniences of civilization.
I was planning to get to the hotel in Cairo on my own. So I walked about a kilometer along the road and stopped a taxi. The price was twice lower than the one we were offered in the airport. I explained to the driver that I needed to go to Cairo, drew a small scheme in my notepad and showed it to him.
The taxi driver didn’t understand English and that’s why i wasn’t bothered by the endless talk. There was no radio in the car and I began to fall asleep soothed by the slow and calm motions of the car. At firs I thought that we couldn’t drive faster because of the car in front of us which occupied the whole width of the narrow and serpentine road so that our car wasn’t able to move ahead. But when all the obstacles disappeared we continued to drive with the same speed. Finally it took me an extremely long time to get my destination but as I could notice we were shot ahead only by two fast cars and a tourist bus.