Arriving in Cairo


Written By: Gary Wonning

As dusk approached Cairo, so did we. Circling for a landing, the Giza pyramids were visible as the sun set over the Egyptian plain.

photo of the pyramids at sunrise

Sunrise, New Year’s Eve,

There was no jet-way to greet us, descending the steps of the plane and taking an airport bus across the tarmac, we entered a different world. Mass confusion abounded everywhere, the airport was old and unclean. People were trying to find their luggage while cats and dogs scampered about.
Extension cords leading to television cameras were lying everywhere on the floor. A  television crew was setting up to broadcast  the arrival of some dignitaries. I’m sure they weren’t there to see me if they were, they missed me.  OSHA would have a field day here. Viewing the entire scene, I couldn’t help but wonder ”What have I gotten myself into?”

Our tour guide met our group and we boarded our waiting bus.  Driving through Cairo was quite interesting. I observed people living in multiple story apartments with only a couple of walls. Many had no roofs and they built fires in their living rooms to stave off the chill of the Egyptian nights.

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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