50% off in Cairo - land of the hustlers by 2guys1boat
Cairo was one of my favorite places in the world.
As my taxi driver told me when I arrived, “Cairo is crazy!”
The traffic is crazy.
Many of the people are crazy (where aren’t they though?).
It’s a very dirty city (lots of trash), and it’s very poor.
But what an exciting place!
The people are nice… especially because they want your money. Everybody will treat you very graciously. Although I believe most are genuinely friendly people, you can tell that a lot of them just want money.
Any why not give it to them? After all, just a few bucks can really make somebody happy there.
My favorite place in Cairo was the Cairo Jazz club. It is a very ecclectic place with a wonderful ambience. The band that was playing was one of the most unique bands I’ve ever heard. The people there were welcoming and very interesting (mostly foreign exchange students from Europe on the night I wen there). I made some very nice friends and I wish I could have spent more time in Egpt to get to know them better.
Of course, the PYRAMIDS were amazing! What a magical feeling when I first saw them lit up at night. The only time I’ve felt something similar was when I saw Acropolis lit up at night for the first time. So magical, so familiar. The pyramids are the most amazing things on this planet, so you MUST see them at least once in your life.
Also, if you talk to the right people, you can climb up the smaller pyramids for $10-$20 or so. If you’re willing to pay $500 to $1000 you can even climb up the Great Pyramid first thing in the morning. But you have to: 1) talk to the right people (and don’t be so overt about it in case you dont find the right person the first time) and 2) be ready to negotiate.
Remember, the cost of living is very low there (so is the standard of living though LOL), so $20 goes a LONG way. I had a taxi driver for four days. He was waiting for me every day when I woke up. He waited for me everywhere we went. He showed me the best places. He tried to get me to spend money at his friend’s stores to get his kick-back (99% of Egyptians are natural-born hustlers). He showed me all the safe places to eat. He was an awesome host and almost like my personal butler for the trip. Anyhow, at the end of the trip, he asked for only $40!!! Of course, I was grateful for his help and gave him more, but it just shows that a little money can go a long way there.
Of course, the locals will sense you are a tourist and they’ll try to charge you “normal” prices. For example, when you get a taxi at the airport, never take the first price you get. Ask the first taxi driver for a price to your hotel. He’ll say, “$100” very confidently. Say thanks and go to the next one. He’ll say “$70”. By then the rest of the drivers will have spotted you like a pack of hyeenas and you’ll be crowded around with screams of offers as low as $10.
A taxi drive of 10 to 15 minutes shouln’t cost more than a few US dollars.
When you’re in the bazaars, be ready to negotiate even harder. Don’t give over your money unless you AT LEAST got 50% off!
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