Archive for Category: "egypt"
A friend and I were sitting on a bench outside the citadel in Alexandria, watching the tourists browse overpriced Nefertiti heads. It was an exceptionally hot day. A man stopped to offer us a pamphlet on Islam. A group of young teenagers accosted us for a picture.
When things get tough in other parts of the world, they have bread riots; in Egypt, we are having falafel riots. Not literally, of course.
This time last month I found myself en route to an ancient civilization. A boy compelled me to visit Egypt. I had met him at the end of last summer just before embarking to France and though we stayed in touch, we hadn’t seen each other in four months.
I’ve heard many times, even from the most seasoned women travelers, that they have hesitations about traveling to Egypt. Worries about sanitation, the differences of how women are viewed and the most common concern, “what should I wear!”
Traveled to the Black Desert in Egypt with my brother. We paid an Egyptian guide a 600 Egyptian Pounds, which is a little more than $100 to take us on a 2-day/1-night trip around the desert. At night, he set up a fire and made us a simple vegetarian dinner (per request) and set up our sleeping bags and a wind barrier. It was great until a coyote bit my brother’s toe. Keep your feet inside your sleeping bag!