When it comes to Egypt, first things that come to our minds are great pyramids, Nile, ancient cities, palaces, and of course, as tourism has risen there, beautiful Red sea and five-star all inclusive hotels. But let’s just take a look at the other side of it. This august I witnessed just a small part of the real Egyptian life, but It was enough to keep me thinking about it. Demolished architectural pieces, unfinished construction, poverty and dirt all around have left a really strong impression on me.
Giza, right next to the pyramids.
Just 20 minutes from luxury hotels, Sheraton street, the main street of popular touristic destination – Hurghada
Due to the lack of time I didn’t manage to explore more, especially the smaller and less known streets that would further illustrate their way of living.
As most of the Egypt income comes from the tourism, most of the time locals are extremely persistent and sometimes boring when it comes to buying these souvenirs. Even the taxi drivers are unpleasant while asking you to give them more money than you actually should.
Walking around could seem dangerous and scary at times, especially because of our prejudices about terrorism, but I have to admit that these people are extremely friendly and have the great sense of humor. Give them a chance and they’ll be very kind. My friends and I got quite close with our diving instructor, Ahmed, so we were able to explore the city with a local. He also took us to his favorite dining place!
Thansk for reading,