We arrived at the Windsor hotel after I gave up on the navving and we hailed a taxi driver to follow to get us to our destination. It was hard following him as all the cabs look the same and we promptly lost Sib and Pris. We waited for them to catch up and thank goodness for the walkie talkies!
The Windsor Hotel is nestled in a very lively area opposite coffee houses with men smoking massive bongs, lots of noise and boys on bicycles delivering huge trays of bread on their heads whilst cycling!??
The hotel is full of character. It used to be a British officers club back in its day and even the famous Monty Python #Michael #Palin stayed here when he filmed ‘Around the world in 80 days’!
Lily loved riding in the old lift, racing around with her shoes off and getting the blackest of feet (the place needs dusting to say the least), charming the reception and being as usual a nuisance to her parents. I now understand what my parents had to put up with!
However the reason for being in Cairo was for Nic and Sib to reminisce (they were there 5 years earlier), stay at the Windsor Hotel (more reminiscing for Nic and Sib) and get new visas for Sudan and Ethiopia. Our delays crossing into Egypt have really slowed us down and cost us dearly.
We ventured out the following day to the Sudan Embassy in Garden City (south of Tahrir Square) on foot with Lily in her push chair. It is about 2 km from where we are staying and took us through Tahrir Square. Tahrir Square was very subdued after an active night of rioting, water cannons and burnt out cars. It felt eerie. Our road to the embassy was blocked off with massive walls of concrete almost 4 metres high on many streets to protect the government buildings and embassies so we had to walk around and find another route only to lose our bearings and get lost. We eventually found the embassy through grid locked cars trying to get around the blockades and police everywhere to find the embassy had moved premises! It had moved west of the Nile to a place called Dokki http://goo.gl/maps/h1hKq !!! Frustrated, hot and sweaty we jumped in a cab for a rip off 40EP and after the cabbie asking about 20 people where the new Sudan Embassy was we eventually arrived there exhausted.
We managed to extend our visas for Sudan until the 31st March but sadly Priscilla was not allowed into Sudan due to having an American passport! The only way in was by invitation. Nic has a few good contacts in Aswan and Wadi Haifa and it looks like we have found a solution for Pris. So we will head for Aswan tomorrow and aim to catch the Aswan ferry on the 1st April. Lets hope we can extend our visas for 2 more days in Aswan for no extra fee to get us in to Sudan otherwise we are paying another 100USD per person for a brand new visa!