The pyramids were of course, amazing, so gorgeous in person. And it was interesting to learn about the history of them, how many there are why they are different etc etc. We even got to see the one that is the oldest man-made structure in the world. We also learned tons about all the different dynasties but we likely could not repeat too much of it, the history lesson was rather large for just two days. Basically everything we saw in Egypt is thousands of years old, it's crazy. We were learning all of this from our guide, an 8 and half month pregnant lady who on the last day starting having contractions, it kept things interesting. We enjoyed our camel rides too, we got to go out into the Sahara (sort of), to view the pyramids from the desert rather than tourist parking lots. It was crazy how quiet it was going out into the desert just a little ways.
We also surprisingly liked Cairo a lot. We actually felt a lot safer there than we did in India. (Nor worries we still never went out after dark.) It was cleaner than expected and didn't smell at all. It was hot but not unbearable because there was no humidity. We loved the food. We found mixes of Turkish, Lebonese and Egyptian food and loved it all. Lots of dips (hummus etc), grilled meats, rice dishes, and amazing breads. The hibiscus drink and alcohol free beers were good too. We got to see a lady making the traditional Egyptian bread too.
We also went to the Egyptian museum which was actually really interesting too. They had so many things they had found from tombs, even clothing that was still recognizeable after thousands of years. The mummy coffins were amazing the condition they were in, and they still even had some dead bodies of some kings. They also had tons of statues, papyrus, and noble coffins as well.
In Cairo we also saw the famous Mosque inside of the Citadel, it too was gorgeous and we got a good lesson on the Muslim religion. We also did quite a bit of shopping in the four days we were there, not surprising. They are known for their gold and perfumes. They claim they can match any perfume that is sold in the US, and in the demonstration we saw it seemed pretty true. It was nice too when we shopped in markets, we had a male escort from our tour company, so it was less yelling at us than usual for a market, there were only a couple marriage proposals. One guy told Jenny he had a small fortune for her.
As much as we loved Egypt at this point we are tired of not being able to drink the water, having to tip someone every time we go to the bathroom, not being able to safely walk streets alone, and having TV channels where the volume jumps everytime it is commercials, etc etc, we were very ready for Europe.