Walk like an Egyptian. - My Family Travels

This summer I went to Cairo, Egypt, It was one of the most influential experiences I have ever encountered. Thanks to my friend Nora I was granted this opportunity to go. Nora is Egyptian and used to go to school in Cairo, She tries to visit often and this summer, I decided to save up the money and go!

We arrived at the Cairo Airport around eleven at night, Nora’s apartment is five minutes away from the airport so it wasn’t a long drive. What I can say about the drive is that it was the most terrifying thing during my entire trip. The way people drive in Egypt is utterly insane. Cars, centimeters away from hitting one another, people walk across intersections practical getting swiped by passing cars, and don’t bother turning on your radio, all you would hear is people honking their horns constantly as if not beeping is like breaking the law. There is no such thing as stop lights, everything means go, and if you see a light it’s decoration as the natives say.

The following days the outside temperatures were scorching hot, it was unbearable to go outside. Most occupants of Cairo don’t go out till the sun goes down. We would wait till dinner time (which is quite late at night and a humongous meal) to enter the outside world and enjoy the night life. Taxis are somewhat dangerous to take at night, especially when you are an American girl but we took the risk and would go where all the social events are. One night in particular Nora, myself, and some old friends took a ferryboat that cruised along the Nile River. It was an incredible experience, especially at night.

Within the next week Nora called up some old classmates that happened to be going to an area called Ein El Sohkna which is located right on the Red Sea. We took a two hour drive through straight desert and when we arrived it was magnificent! The private beach occupied Sandbars and clear water with hints of green and blue. The next day the group of us drove to Alexandria which is minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea. This was breathtaking, and outright spectacular to me. I have never seen a beach so beautiful in my entire life. The sand was as white as freshly fallen snow, The water seemed as if it was magical, the way the turquoise glitter sparkled against the radiant sun, and how it all tied together, on one private and secluded beach with bungalows and no sense of urbanization in sight. How miraculous that day was.

To end my trip, my last day consisted of the things tourists do. Finally I went to the Pyramids and how gigantic they were, my goal this trip was to ride a camel, It felt almost impossible in the heat but I would not leave the country until I got to ride my camel. It was entirely fun and amazing, drifting along the sand high on a camel’s back, gliding alongside the pyramids and the Sphinx that looked over the city of Cairo, it was so memorable, I still can’t seem to get the images out of my mind.  I concluded my last day with tasty Arabic food and off to reality I went. The plane ride back was long and strenuous but also gave me time to reflect on the once in a life time experience I just had. I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I hope to continue traveling for many years to come.

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