In 2001, I had plans to visit Egypt however 9/11 disrupted them and I'd had it on the back burner ever since.
In December 2008, I flew Egypt Air from Jo'burg to Cairo. It was my first visit to a Middle Eastern country, and I was immediately struck by the dreariness of the Nile River as it runs through polluted Cairo. But I found a room, smoked some sheesha, and walked like an Egyptian in front of the Great Pyramids.
As Paul Theroux said, “travel is only glamorous in retrospect.”