Al-Qahirah

Working and living in Cairo, Egypt.

First day in Cairo

Our journey to Cairo began on 6th of January. First we flew from Helsinki-Vantaa to Frankfurt where we waited 15 hours for our next flight. The airport was really huge and it was quite difficult to find a place to sleep because of the noise but finally we saw two little couches which were just perfect for us 😀 After sleeping a few hours we continued our journey by getting on a plane to Cairo.

When we arrived Cairo airport, got our luggages and found our taxi driver, we went outside and got a first view of the metropolis and multitude. There were so many cars and lots of noise everywhere and we heard ”welcome to Egypt” many times. After sitting into our taxi we started our first crazy car trip in Cairo. We noticed that traffic here is totally different compared to Finland’s. There are no traffic lights, no lanes and no crosswalks! Goal is to drive as fast as possible and use horn every chance you get. 🙂 Finally we managed to find our apartment which is located in verdant area of Maadi. Our roommates were waiting for us and it was such a kind gesture from them to make a welcoming dinner for us. After travelling about 30 hours we were exhausted and almost right away after dinner we fell into our beds.

On the next day we woke up feeling rested after sleeping 12 hours. That’s why we managed to go out with our roommate, who introduced Maadi to us for example which are good stores and where  to get the best cupcakes. 😉 She also helped how to get prepaids and USB modems. After buying lots of food we returned to our apartment and started to prepare our first meal here in Cairo, which was regular student food. 😀

-Pia & Saara-