Around the World in 80 Days
Day 7: 1 October
Trying to sense a little of what drew Alexander the Great, Caesar and Napoleon to this place I shuffle down the gangplank, barking my shins on a Magimix. I'm met by a very charming lady in white who checks my passport and for the first time I hear that soft, courteous Egyptian response to foreigners, 'Welcome'.
The German bikers are wheeling their monstrous machines from the ship's hold, a couple of middle-aged dock-workers pass by holding hands and a shabby shuffling figure in loose plimsolls dolefully works the crowd proffering a bucketful of Coca Colas on ice.
Once on Egyptian soil, I feel a curious surge of adrenaline, as if I've escaped from five days in cotton wool. There'll be no such thing as normal for quite a while now. As if to underline this I find myself in a fiacre, which is an open horse-drawn cab, being galloped out of the port and into the hurtling traffic. A gaggle of Egyptians, sipping tea, have presumably been told what the camera's there for.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 7
- Date: 1 October
- Country/sea: Egypt
- Place: Alexandria
- Book page no: 36
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