“Can we get our visas at the airport?”
“Okay. Let’s do it!”
And just like that we had booked our next adventure, leaving Africa and heading to …JORDAN!!! It was a country we knew very little about, but we were both jumping at the chance to go. We have loved West Africa, but we were feeling like it was time to try something a little different! And so, off we go….
The only unfortunate element to our flight was that we stopped over in Cairo, Egypt at 10:30PM, and didn’t take our connecting flight into Amman, Jordan until 8:30 the following morning. As unexciting as the prospect sounded, we were prepared to sleep on the floor (for free) at the Cairo Airport…we even had our yoga mats to lie on. It would be fine. Not comfortable, and we were both sure to wake up feeling much less than 100%, but it would be…fine.
After our uneventful 7-hour flight we finally landed in Cairo. Despite the fact that we were sleeping in the airport, we still needed to supply immigration with our passports, so they could process them for our transit the next morning.
We sat around for about 20 minutes, when the Egypt Air official told us that everything was good to go, and all we had to do was to pay 10EURO each for our Egyptian Visas, and then he would have us driven to our hotel.
Alarm bells went off for both of us…
My alarm bells were saying “Oh wow, this is the greatest!” Shawna, who is typically a little more skeptical about these sort of things, had her alarm bells singing a different tune.
“So what’s this about, Mr.Immigration?”
“Well, you are a client of Egypt Air, and you do not fly out til morning. We can’t have you here all night with no place to eat or sleep, can we?”
Skott’s thought: Sweet! Let’s go!
Shawna’s thoughts: Too good to be true. There is definitely a catch.
Well, we debated for a few minutes. Shawna even threatened to stay and sleep on the floor in the airport while I went to the hotel and was suckered into paying several hundred dollars for a room. But in the end we both went (one of us not-so-willingly) with the Egypt Air Employee…and I am happy to tell you we re glad….SO glad….that we did!
We were taken away in our own bus to Le Passage Cairo Hotel, a five-star hotel only a few minutes from the airport. The hotel was still decorated for the holidays, and was absolutely exquisite (even more so, when arriving from the hostel lifestyle in west Africa). We slept in the softest, most comfortable bed we have had in ages. And, for the first time since early November….HOT SHOWERS!
And finally, we woke up early in the morning and were treated to an outstanding buffet, of all things that were much harder to come by when travelling in West Africa: cheeses, yogurts, tons of fresh fruit, safe meat to eat…. hell, they even had Froot Loops.
Thirty minutes later we left the hotel and were transported back to the airport, on our way to Jordan, without paying a dime.
Thank you Egypt Air!!! We will fly with you anytime!