We arrived in Egypt to warm weather and a warm welcoming from the locals. The difference in culture was comical to me and was something I expected. Our taxi driver loaded our bags and suitcases on the roof (securely apparently) and began to teach us some important vocabulary we might want to know. He also introduced us to his favourite Arabic music. As we drove to our hotel, it was late at night and obviously dark but there was plenty to see - interesting architecture that was impressively lit.
As much as I wanted to get my camera out, not taking photos on the first day allowed me to relax and get a feel for the place and people. I was also able to mentally record some different photos I wanted to get and could look into different trips into the desert and even to the pyramids!
Just a short walk from our hotel was an area with relatively hassle shopping so I had to document some of the local shop owners and craftsmen. Nothing really stood out to me from this experience, but I have to say that these men really know how to sell! Many of the products were relatively cheap in price so there wasn't anything stopping me from buying some souvenirs. Plus, this gave me the confidence to ask for the photos below. I would've liked to have some video footage but I didn't want to show off too much gear (just in case...).