“Think global, act local.”

Tourism in Egypt.

Normally the medias portrayal on such subject wouldn’t bother me to this extent but ever since I have recently visited this beautiful, astonishing country and saw no real concern in the follow protests that are happening.

Yes every country has their issues and Egypt just happens to have a big concern, concerning their dictatorship of presidency with Morsi.

This all has happened for a reason because the younger generation has been getting more educated and are seeing through the eyes of social media what other country’s have regarding their freedom and Egyptians just want the same kind of freedom, so that is why they are revolting against their president.

They are nice normal human beings, just like you and me – but unfortunately they do not have much luxury items as we north Americans do. It such a culture shock entering Egypt, a Muslim country – and seeing how they are making a living. Parents push their children out into the streets selling souvenirs to the tourists. be careful as it is not always the best deal and when they have your attention, they can pick pocket you – and they are not obvious about it.

Small and silly valuable luxury item, but it’s true – toilet paper. You will find when you enter a public restroom that sometimes you will have to pay, and or there will be no toilet paper available. Make sure you have tissue in your day bag when out strolling the streets of Cairo.

Cairo is such a vibrant busy city with twenty million people living inside. So you can imagine what traffic is like – so that, use that imagination and erase the traffic lights, now try and see how traffic is. Literally there is no traffic lights in this vibrant city of Cairo. But everyone still manages to get from point A to point B alive, but not necessarily on time unless you give yourself plenty of time and leave well enough early.

Best time to head out to Alexandria from Cairo is approximately 06:00am in hope of avoiding the rush of traffic, as it is a three hour drive north.

Another concern Egyptian police have is that the citizens have lost all respect towards them because instead of the police being concerned and aware of the citizens, they were and more focused on the government awareness. As I have happened to see a little brawl, argument between a local Citizen and a law enforcement officer for a brief second – afterwards asking Sherif what had just happened.

After getting stuck on the Nile, and Getting free from the shallowness we had to head back through the Aswan High Dam & Low Dam where we had to spend the night and disembark the following day and drive to Luxor instead – we had to have a armed security guard aboard our coach.

Until now visitors in private vehicles between Luxor and Aswan had to have traveled in an armed military vehicle. In result of security concerns that followed a terrorist attack at a temple near Luxor in 1997. As to why cruise ships are now limited to tour Luxor and Aswan on the river, and to the reason why were needed a armed security guard aboard our coach driving to Luxor.

Dress not just for the heat, but for the culture. It is a conservative Muslim culture and it should be respected at all times. Girls, please refrain from wearing short shorts, see through clothing and swim wear on shore – and it is advised on not to travel unescorted.

Good way to think when traveling to this part of the world is to think global, but act local. And by all means know their culture and respect it at all lengths.

One thought on ““Think global, act local.”

  1. Think global, but act local. Great advice. If everyone did this it would mean locals would be happier and travellers safer. Found your blog through Y Travel Blog’s Travel Tuesday.

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