The first 36 hours of our trip to Africa were bookmarked by trash. Charles and I took the red-eye to New York City on Tuesday night and landed there early Wednesday morning. Our flight to Cairo was not scheduled to depart until 6:30PM, so with 12-hours in NYC, we hopped on the subway and headed into the city. An hour later, we excitedly climbed out of the underground tunnels onto the streets of lower Manhattan only to be greeted by trash – and lots of it.
The East Coast has been drilled with double the average amount of snow, and right before we landed in NYC, the city was hit with yet another round. They have nowhere to put the snow other than to pile it up along the sides of the streets. Wednesday was garbage day, and coupled with the snow, it was a messy day in the city.
After a cold and wet – but fun – day in the city, Charles and I boarded our 10-hour flight to Cairo. Both of us slept most of the flight, landed in Cairo, and boarded another plane for the final 1.5 hour flight to our destination of Hurghada.
When we arrived in Hurghada, it was sunny and hot – much different than the weather in NYC. However, one thing was the same: evidently Thursday is garbage day in Hurghada! On our way from the airport to our villa, trash trucks frequented the streets – including this one that I think was loaded to capacity!
We made it to our villa, and after much needed showers, Charles and I flagged down a taxi and met up with the friends we came to see. We enjoyed a good dinner and insightful conversations with them, but jet-lag hit hard, so we headed back for our first real night of sleep in over 2 days.
We have so much information to attain in such a short amount of time. Please pray for us to receive the information we need and to discern which places to visit and people with whom to connect.
Here are some more pictures from our first day in Egypt. Top left: Charles dickering with our taxi driver while laughing with him at the guys sitting in the trunk ahead of us. Top right: One of the many mosques. Bottom right: The view from our conference room with the Red Sea at the end of the street. Bottom left: Another mosque.
More pictures and stories to come tomorrow…