Today, I advanced to the highest level in real life Frogger (the video game where you are a little green frog crossing heavy traffic streets) as I crossed the equivalent of Lake Shore Drive and survived. We also managed (with obviously no intention AT ALL) to stop two separate cars on this fast-flowing highway as creepy men tried to coax us to their cars. Yesterday, we had to keep telling the 47 year old taxi driver that we did not want him to buy us wine or come to our hotel or be our husband. I have to admit that this city is much less exhausting and annoying though than Cairo when it comes down to avoiding the gawking men.
Alexandria (founded by Alexander the Great) is beautiful, very mucha treasure lining the Mediterrean Sea. It is so amazing to be in this city as I have learned so much about it during highschool in my beloved Latin class. The weather is wonderful and Central Alexandria is all within easy walking distance so taking a stroll is relaxing in this charming little city, the coast reminds me a little of Lake Michigan in Chicago. The Graeco-Roman Museum was closed for renovation so we went to the newly built National Alexderia Museum which was very nicey laid out and informative, the best museum on this trip so far. We stopped by the Bibliotheca Alexandria (library) to admire the rounded structure that has inscriptions of every known language in the world on the outside walls.
We are staying in a four star hotel for about $60 a night per person which is a nice change after two nights in a backpacker's hostel. Breakfast buffet included. :) Egyptian pounds are wonderful, everything is much cheaper here. We had a good meal with fruit smoothie juice type things for about 40 Egyptian pounds which is around $7 total for two people! I saw two or three Auto Rickshaws here too and did a doublee take, wondering if I was in India.