ring * ring *
Noemi: (with groggy voice) hello????
Karim: Hey Dubai girl! wake up!
Noemi: What time is it??
Noemi: WHAT???? ARE YOU ALREADY AT THE LOBBY????
Noemi: oh sh*t!!!!
Karim: Don’t worry, take your time….
We were supposed to start our 3hr journey by 7am and I think we left by 830am. good thing that the road to alexandria from cairo is not at all “scenic”, so i won’t feel like am missing something even if i cover myself with the black shawl from jacqui and snooze away.
we arrived at alexandria at around 11am and our first stop was the catacombs. i wonder why the egyptian during those times are always digging and building all these tombs underground. but anyway, it’s an interesting visit, would have been better if our pseudo-tour guide was informative. hehe. (hi karim!) we had breakfast afterwards and had a taste of falafel (made of beans) and chilli’s. am a big fan of spicy foods, i don’t know why so the chilli was just perfect for my taste.
we headed on to pompeii’s pilar which according to my research before we even went to cairo, the pillar was wrongly named by ancient crusaders after general Pompey since they believed that the general’s ashes is sitting atop this massive pillar. i have no idea why until now they call it pompeii’s pillar instead of diocletian’s pillar since it was built in honor of the roman emperor for giving them food in times of dire needs. (yes, i did my homework on this one). anyhow, the pillar is standing atop a hill with 2 sphinx guarding it. it is said that the top of this pillar can accommodate a party for 22 people to which am sure i won’t attend if ever am invited – i don’t know, partying on top of a 28m-tall pillar is really not my kind of thing. i think i’ll pass…
we then went to alexandria library, nothing much to see there but well…. books? it is interesting though that people still use the library over there. :p well, it is the biggest library i’ve ever seen – hands down and probably the most modern. they have lots of things to brag about but i was just not paying attention to the tour guide of the library coz her voice was so squeaky it irritates the wits out of me. :p
then we headed on to the lovely montazah palace. the palace itself is closed to the public but the garden surrounding it is quite good. there are some hotels inside the walled garden where you have the access of private beaches. it looks quite nice. well at least better than all the man-made beaches here in dubai. there were real and big waves, a feast for an eye which is so used to seeing the not-at-all-good beaches of dubai.
we had lunch at a nearby restaurant – seafood of course since that’s alexandria’s pride. the waiters were all friendly and i think i’ve said about a dozen thank you’s going in and out of this neighbourhood restaurant. each of them welcomed us in alexandria when we went it and also wished us farewell and hope we enjoyed our visit to their quaint little place when finished our meal. i had to give them 30EGP tip for a warm and friendly service.
stomach full at 5pm, as soon as the car sped on our way to cairo my eyes were already dropping. it’s like a lullabye for both me and deny so i think the 2hours of the 3hour drive back to cairo were spent with our eyes closed and probably snoring.
we arrived at the resort at around 9pm and had our last shisha before leaving the place the next day. there was an egyptian wedding going on at the grounds of the resort so it’s another sight for us to see. from the meeting point, the bride and groom will be walking solemnly with the whole entourage and will suddenly stop then they will all dance to the tune of an arabic melody being played live by the walking-band. it was nice and fun and very very…. cultural?? (is there such a word?)
after bidding farewell to all the waiters who already know us by face since we’re the only southeast asian staying there, we called it a night and had a wonderful, relaxing, long sleep….