12 Nov 2009


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Our arrival in Hurghada (Egypt) in 13 points

1. Chantal and I went to Egypt on Sunday. I had asked for wheelchair assistance. (Chantal had polio when she was 3 years old and can't walk long distances) It worked in Brussels but in Hurghada apparently they first needed to built one until they can pick up people.

2. We were told to wait a moment. The moment became 20 min. Loosing patience, I stormed behind the counters, were 7 men were busy with lines and lines of incoming tourists to give out visas for 15 $ each.. Under the horrified eyes of the stuff I claimed again for a wheelchair.

3. Finally I was surrounded by 3 employees in uniform and two policemen to help me to get a wheelchair. They discussed and discussed and gesticulated, I thought it would be nice to make a little video now.

4. After 45 min, a breathless man ran through all the people pushing a wheelchair which dated from the first World War. Now we could go on.

5. The taxi driver agreed to the price of 5 € but suddenly wanted the double, otherwise he would call the police, that made me laugh because they are very afraid of police in general and I not at all. I told him it was an excellent idea there was just one, but he didn't stop and without any more discussion dropped us at the RIGHT hotel !

6. Never be in a hurry, our "time is money" doesn't exist, so it took at least 45 min to check in, because they always need big discussions between them with with flying hands, just like the Italians.

7. We got the same appartment as last year, but first didn't recognize it because they had recovered the furniture (was necessary) there was only one bed, we asked for a second.

8. When I touched a towel, the metalic towel holder broke out of the wall and dropped with a big noise on the tiles.

9. The cable of the kettle had nude wires hanging out of a rotten cable, which was probably more efficient then an electric chair. I didn't try, I had brought my own.

10. there was no toilet paper, which should be brought immediately and arrived 4 h later, fortunately we had tissus, and didn't have to use our hands

11. We got one bath towel for two persons, I asked for a second which also arrived when we had lost all hope

12. The next day our towels were folded into a heart with red Ibiscus flowers around, it layed on our beds

13. We are happy to be in a 4* hotel, the food is very good and the staff very friendly. You get everything what you want .... but you never know when.

Moral of the story, if it would have been perfect I had nothing to write about.

But the weather is warm, the sun is shining the sea is blue and warm and the palmtrees spent us shade. A paradise for two girls coming from a rainy, grey and cold Belgium.

Beach, appartment and camel !


Tracie Nall said...

Even with the long waits...I'm jealous! Have lots of fun! Happy Thursday!

Unknown said...

Beautiful country. I am very envious of your trip Happy trails to you.

Anonymous said...

OMG...broke the towel rack and no TP...ain't that the shi.. LOL Hey Madame Chat...who takes care of the cats while you are away? Hmmmm...they must be bored not having to pose for you ROFLMAO

MaR said...

You have a grand and positive attitude!! I would have gone bizarre, which doesn't help at all! and you wrote a wonderful post.
Keep enjoying the sun, don't forget your sunscreen!

Gayle said...

What a great idea to use the TT13 to tell the story of your arrival on vacation. I'm not so sure I would do well there. I am very impatient.

Lifecruiser said...

Sounds like you have a hilarious time over there :-)

I'm glad though that found a wheelchair at last - and that it wasn't an electric chair.... *giggles*

I'm green of envy, so pleeez have a nice time for me too!!!

claudie said...

Bien! Tu as gardé ton sang-froid avec le taxi!! Tu ne t'es pas laissé démonté!!! On dirait que tu commences à bien cerner les égyptiens!
You have the great attitude!

Tinsie said...

I've never had a desire to visit Egypt, and your post has convinced me that I never should :-)

Janis said...

That hotel would be out of business if it were here in the U.S....customer service is very high priority. I have heard other horror stories about Egypt. But it does look warm and the water looks beautiful..so at least your away from the cold for a while. Enjoy

Janis said...

That hotel would be out of business if it were here in the U.S....customer service is very high priority. I have heard other horror stories about Egypt. But it does look warm and the water looks beautiful..so at least your away from the cold for a while. Enjoy

Melli said...

LOL! So true! SOMEthing always must happen -- and you don't have MOM with you ... so you are dependent upon the locals for blog fodder! I'm always too busy to notice if the staff is acting crazy! :)

colleen said...

Did you see the pyramids. At least you got a good blog post (and a video for blackmail) out of this. Now my brain is trying to figure out how to fold a towel into a heart.

Calico Crazy said...

It looks beautiful and your attitude about the troubles is great. Pretty sure I'd have had at least one ranting fit by now.

Calico Contemplations

life's journey said...

Pretty place. Happy Thursday 13.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

May all your travel experiences have a positive outcome ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

It takes an experienced traveller who when and how to bully the bureaucrats and taxi drivers. If you try making too big a fuss in the US you might find the Homeland Security people grabbing you and renditioning you to Egypt to be tortured. That might work for a free vacation!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Welk\l, it sounds like you can't complain of boredom! Have a lovely time and don't electrocute yourselves on those dodgy wires.

Pamela said...

you are so very brave! If I travel, I want to go with you