Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cairo clusterfuck (Wednesday, May 26)

3:45 a.m. There are 30 guys clamoring outside of the airport in Cairo. We get overwhelmed, walk back inside. The tourist police say expect to pay 90 Egyptian pounds for a ride downtown (about 16 USD). We walk back outside. Immediately a dude offers us a ride for 60. Gabe says 50. We agree on 55. He walks us to a waiting cabbie, who yells at him, making the motion of emptying his pockets. Then they make up and kiss, each cheek in turn. We go to the hotel. The cabbie asks the front desk for a commission for bringing us to the airport. Hotel dude says no. Cabbie shrugs, leaves.

Welcome to Egypt.

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