My Egyptian Experience...
Highs: Diving in the Red Sea; Dahab; watching the sunrise on top of Mt. Sinai; the Pyramids in Giza;
Egyptian Museum; fresh mango juice; Zamalek area in Cairo; felucca experience; Luxor Temple at
Lows: Getting bug bites; getting ripped off with purchases I made; overnight trains.
Best Moment: So far it was spending time in Dahab (I was getting quite used to being a Dahabian).
Smells: Sea; our dinner being cooked on the felucca.
Sounds: Waves of the water; horns honking; Egyptian music; prayer calls.
Sights: Underneath the Red Sea; cats everywhere; males greeting each other with a hug and kiss
on both cheeks; barely any local females; camels on the beach; Egyptian Museum; Pyramids; belly
dancer; watching paper being made out of papyrus; Aswan Dam (about as fascinating as it sounds);
Abu Simbel; Karnak Temple; Luxor Temple (at night); Valley of the Kings; sailing on a felucca down
Tastes: Egyptian moussaka (very similar to ratatouille); grilled calamari; mango shakes; freshly
pressed mango juice; fuul; pastries; Fayrouz (a malt beverage soda--without alcohol--that comes in
many different flavors and is quite tasty).
Purchases: Pure perfume oils in 'Lotus' and 'Arabian Nights' with small perfume bottles; two small
paintings done on papyrus; wooden boxes.
Street Food: Fuul; falafel; breads in different shapes; fruit juice.
Fun Food Finds: Pepsi Gold (though I won't try it because the gold color scares me); Twinkies
filled with chocolate cream.
Western Companies Out Here: McDonald's; KFC; Hardee's; TGI Friday's; Fuddrucker's;
Other General Info...
Visa needed? Yes. I got it at the border in Nuweiba for $15 US (they did not accept Jordanian
Type of currency? Egyptian Pound (EP). One U.S. dollar is ~5.75 EP.
Transportation: From Dahab to Cairo: a minibus (7 hours) for 100 EP.
Things Egypt Is Known For: Constantly trying to rip people off; Pyramids; the Red Sea;
baksheesh (basically this is what they say when they are asking for a tip); temples such as Abu
Simbel and Karnak.