About two months ago I ran and after reading a number of Giselle and Cody’s posts I became interested. We exchanged a few emails and I heard about their upcoming six-month excursion to four countries that I have never been to- Egypt, India, Nepal & Vietnam. Since Egypt has long been revered as one of the planet’s top attractions, I thought that Mindful Wanderlust’s input on Egypt’s safety would be valuable info for any world traveller, especially since they visited.
Here is their post and I do hope you enjoy:
If you’re someone who has ever thought”I’d love to Visit Egypt”, Or”Egypt is my dream Holiday”
Ask yourself: What’s stopping you? Seeing Egypt in your lifetime is an absolute goal.
We are apt to get stuck inside our own bubbles and think what we hear and see from North America or about the news.
I also believe that people dread travelling to Egypt since it is mainly a Muslim nation, and one of the things which enters peoples minds is terrorism.
Open your mind.
Egypt, such as the millions of Muslims across the world’s people want what all of the worlds inhabitants need. To live in peace. To put on their tables for their households.
To live in freedom. Most everything that is fed to us is that a negative portrayal of a few of people. We started getting welcomes.
“Welcome to Egypt””You are most welcome” And my personal favorite,”Welcome home.
The people of Egypt are currently fighting. We feel it is included in 1 place, and really under management, although yes there is political unrest. Has had nothing to do with travellers. The brutal footage you see on the news is replayed, over and over again, which makes it look like there is turmoil and violence there really is still here.
These people are fighting for freedom. We have had the joy to talk with a few locals regarding their battle, and we are happy to support it.
This is Cody’s 2nd time in Egypt, and my 3rd.
We will most be back.
If you would like an adventure you will never forget, let go of fear, and also explore.
From amazing ancient structuresinto a feluca ride on the river nileinto a traditional Bedouin coffee ceremony, to Egyptian guys trying to lure you into their stores, with clever questions such as:”How can I take your cash today?” Or”I don’t know what you need, but I know I have it”
It may be overwhelming at times, In all honesty. There is a hassle, and you will receive cat called and stared at, however dressing appropriately goes a long way if you are a lady. In Egypt, the negative is always greatly outweighed by the optimistic. We had been invited to sit, chat, and have tea with no word about purchasing something. We heard that the person who owns the shop has a crocodile. We didn’t eat anywhere else our entire 3 times in Aswan, known as Panorama, and stepped into a lovely restaurant and memorial across the Nile. Our host was a man, by the name of Hossam, around age 75, with a dry sense of humor.
He gave us his Facebook on our last visit.
At The Pyramids selling place cards we met a lovely man. We declined his offer, then for some reason changed our minds. We purchased a bunch of postcards and likely made. We phoned him back for another pack and made his match. Contrary to other mobile sellers in The Pyramids this man gave no hassle when we showed no interest in what he was selling to us.
When we decided to call him back, he had been elated, and so real. We ended up walking, taking photos with him , and talking for some time about the state of Egypt, and also the way it is in fact safe here. He had been full of joy that he was able to talk.
Is that the requirement for relationship with each other, although we might have differences which we tend to concentrate on.
We will never be, separated by faith, sex, race, age .
Waving smiling at the muslim woman on the passing boat, sitting with bedouin children which are so eager to see the photo of them that was just recorded.
All of these passing moments are important, well at least to people.
So please don’t let fear hold you back from doing what you wish to do.
You will grow from each experience, although you might feel uncomfortable for a small time.
From Giselle and Cody from www.mindfulwanderlust.com