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On the Road in Cairo, Egypt - Jan 28 & 29th 2011

By Walter M Woolf, V.M.D.

Summary: Walter M Woolf,V.M.D. describes his recent travels in Egypt during the protests in Cairo.

Travel Emergency - On the Road in Cairo, Egypt - Jan 28 & 29th 2011

The sign at the Cairo airport from the Tourism Bureau stated the following .. "Egypt - an experience you will never forget". Truer words were never stated so eloquently. Flying in from Abu Simbal at Friday noon on Air Memphis, our tour group was met by Waleed the local Viking representative. Due to the issues of security, we were sheltered at the airport between 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. before the tour bus was allowed to leave the airport proper. Checking into the InterContinental City Stars was relatively easy, scanners, x rays of the luggage, and the sniffer dogs, it was great to be sheltered away from the city centre. The telephone call of 10 30 p.m. advising us to stay away from the windows and to darken the room gave us some degree of concern; and we followed the directions. Sleep came easily; with an early a.m. call to put out the luggage, eat a quick breakfast and board the buses for the short trip to the airport; where a long day started. The early morning flight to Amman, Jordan was cancelled; due to the Cairo unrest; and was rescheduled to 5:00 p.m. later in the day. Viking took us to the Departures Hall .. realizing it was crowded beyond belief, we were moved to the Arrivals Hall where we spent much of the day, as their were few incoming flights to Cairo. Royal Jordanian brought in an Airbus 320-500 for the afternoon flight to Amman. We experienced lots of pushing, shoving, elbowing, you name the physical contact, and we experienced same, as we were checked into the Royal Jordanian ticket counter, amdist approximately 10,000 passengers, with only one interest in their minds .. get out of Cairo as quickly as possible. In the crown were passengers with bandaged and bloody head wounds, many with facial injuries from having been beaten, and others who were simply scared. The 5:00 p.m. flight to Amman was boarded at 6:30 p.m. with the aircraft lifting off at 7:30 p.m. for the flight to Amman, Jordan and escape from the madness at Cairo International Airport. Kudos to Viking for makeing the exodus from Cairo bearable.

We have all looked at TV footage of crowds wishing to exit and airport city for many reasons. Until you are a part of the crowd wanting "out", you have no idea what it is like.

The arrival at Amman, Jordan was greeted with cheers and clapping as the wheels of the Airbus touched down at Queen Alia International Airport. We were welcomed to Jordan, and then resumed the tail end of our 21 day mid-East holiday.

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About the Author

AS Air AnimalVeterinarian Walter M Woolf,V.M.D... the founder, owner, and director of Air Animal Pet Movers created along with his late wife, Millie Woolf, in 1977, Air Animal as a "pet travel agency" in Tampa, Florida. With the end of the Vietnam era in 1975, globalization became evident, as the multi-national corporations began to move people globally, and within the USA. From their veterinary practice in Tampa, Florida ...emerged Air Animal Pet Movers, the IATA air cargo agency specializing in the transport of the household pets of relocating families.

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Apr 18, 2013 22:10

The article is a well written experience of the events - I must mention that Viking is a company that is well known for supporting theMubarak regime and has a very bad record of polluting the Nile. I would advise tourists to Egypt to be aware of the pollution that its (Viking) cruise ships cause to the environment . Viking has stripped vast areas of the banks of the Nile river and replaced it with lawns and spoilt the natural fuana and flora whilst also displacing people who live/fish along the banks of the Nile. I would advise all tourists to Egypt to support companies with credentials that support the ecology and natural environment of Egypt

First Published: Feb 08, 2011

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