Looks like we might miss the first white Christmas in years!

We are in Cairo for a few days to get our Sudan visas sorted. A visit to the British embassy to get a letter for a rip-off £33 and then straight up the road to the Sudan embassy to fill out forms and some photocopying before handing over $200 for 2 visas. We’ve since picked them up. Easilly done and it beats the two months it normally takes in London to get them issued.

Being the only campsite for overlanding vehicles, there are five other overland vehicles here at the Salma Motel. Everyone seems to be in in Cairo to get visas sorted and whatever else before going their different ways for Christmas.

We are also on the search for some pork for Christmas! Craving levels are also running high. We haven’t managed to find any yet despite Cairo being well stocked with almost everything else. The search continues.

It is a 40 minute taxi ride from the Salma Motel, where we are staying, to central Cairo. We have been spending all day in the city exploring. The first day we were here we left our useless Lonely Planet guide behind and relied on the our pocket sized guide.

Cairo’s traffic is at bursting point; I’ve never seen traffic like it. The drivers compensate for long periods held up in traffic jams by making it up on the next clear section. It makes for a fun ride when we’ve got in taxis to get around the city. The picture I took was whilst we were stuck in one of the jams. The taxi driver made time to put on his sunglasses after he saw the first picture of him without them on. Like most buying experiences in Cairo, we had to haggle him down for this taxi ride.

My brother mark put us in touch with Reda, a man who lives in the islamic area of Cairo. We had a great afternoon exploring some of the less visted sites and shops in this area.

We got in a visit to the Pyramids of Giza before heading out fo Cairo Tuesday morning.

We will be in Siwa for Christmas in a few days. We are looking forward to visit to a hot spring in the desert.