Travel Day

Nile Night

Nile Night | Cairo | 2017

Back to business travel was the motto of the day, after a six week stretch at home. Took an early morning flight from Nuremberg via Frankfurt to Cairo. I had hoped so much to see the pyramids during approach into Cairo airport, but sat on the wrong side of the plane. Instead I was treated to great views of the city and the Nile. I’ll be on the ground less than 24 hours. So I’m in on the most iconic cities on the planet but sightseeing is limited to aerial views from the plane and taking in street life from the windows of our shuttle bus during transfers between airport, hotel and restaurant.

Talking about restaurant, the absolute highlight was meeting my new Egyptian colleagues and enjoying together a splendid dinner in the Kebabgy Grill on the tip of Gezira Island. It was really special, not only the great talks with incredibly hospital people, but also the atmosphere while we were sitting directly at the Nile. The table was set with all kinds of delicious foods and we were waiting for the Muezzins to call out sunset, as it’s the holy month of Ramadan and everyone is fasting from sunrise to sunset. Security is obviously an issue in this metropolis of 21 million, police and security forces are visible everywhere and also the fact you need to pass a machine gun post to get into a restaurant is a bit eery.

Anyway, a half day of intense meetings ahead, then it’s off to Budapest via Vienna, where I will arrive close to midnight if all goes well.

The photo of the Nile from the restaurant I took with the Ricoh GR, image specs were 1/6 sec at f/2,8 and ISO1600. For a city like Cairo the Ricoh is the travel cam of choice as image quality is awesome and it is small enough to fit my front pocket. Only a pitty there wasn’t more opportunity to use it.

Have a great week!

Marcus

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34 comments

  1. the resolution on your pic really caught my eye! incredibly good pic. the Ricoh GR is $700 on Amazon in the States. a lot of money, but the results speak for themsleves. I am going to Egypt in Sept. May I use this pic on my blog, as I am from Zamalek anc often write Cairo and Egypt? No problem if no. thanks. btw did they serve real drinks at the kebaby grill? the sofitel used to be owned by a gulfie with a Prohibition era mentality. 😉

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    1. I can only deeply recommend the Ricoh, this is an awesome machine (my today’s post is also all Ricoh). Go ahead and use the pic. We didn’t ry to get real drinks as it was Ramadan and we were there with local colleagues. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  2. What a beautiful setting for a dinner! I would find the security intimidating. Paris was my first experience with increased machine gun presence. But I haven’t traveled to nearly as many locations as you have.
    I hope that you made it safely to Budapest and have a little more time to enjoy the scenery there. -Amy

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  3. I hope to visit Egypt one day. It’s interesting to hear the small details about security, etc. Too bad you don’t have more time to explore, but you’ll probably get to go back!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Vicki. Sitting in Vienna right now I got through Cairo safely. Security everywhere is a bit intimidating though. I hope so much I can return to explore one day, the history there is one of it’s kind. What was really overwhelming was the hospitality and appreciation of the people. That alone was so much worth the trip! Marcus

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  4. Cairo! Years ago I wanted to go there as part of a business trip but was put off by security issues. Your photo’s re-ignited my interest … but I think I still have to postpone it for now.

    Marcus – thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve been MIA for a while but your Likes encourage me to restart & continue. I truly appreciate your visits! Sandy

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Sandy. If you have people locally who organize things you are good to go. The hospitality and friendliness is really mindblowing. I will definitely try to return soon. Hey, and I like your blog a lot, always a pleasure to visit! Marcus

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Business travel gets you places, and alone meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is worth all hustle. But it’s far from the joy of personal travel where you can really embrace a foreign country. You have a great week as well! Marcus

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      1. You are most welcome. I did about six posts on Egypt. Most of my travel has been linked to Business travel which I haven’t done in awhile. I’m hoping to resume some of that with a new job I’m about to start – then back to my bucket list. 😀

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