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Travel Egypt

Located in North Africa and bordering the Arab world, Egypt is known for its pyramids, hot climate and all things ancient in between. When I think of Egypt, I think of pyramids and truth be told, the Mummy-returns. For the wider movie fans out there, it all started with Indiana Jones and now that I’m on memory lane; does anyone (besides the older generation in my family) remember Cleopatra

It’s safe to say my thoughts on Egypt before I visited, wasn’t far from a tourist. Ancient Egypt, The Nile, pharaohs’ and so much more, take me back to my school days. In terms of expectations and even sights, the country has so much culture – you’ll need more than a few days to get a feel of the place.

Nile River

Then there’s the great Moses himself, who freed the slaves and parted the red sea. If that’s not history or a memorable part of it then I don’t know what is! Still, I went to Egypt, (opportunity strikes) and it pains me to say I didn’t visit the red sea. However, with all things being calm, there’s more than enough reason to return.

Who can forget Nefertiti the Queen herself? There’s something about ancient royalty when it comes to Egypt. It’s although Nefertiti imposes you to reminisce about something, though, you were never a part of. ‘You are going to feel my presence’ is the impression I get from her or if she was alive today.

As you can see, my part 2 of Egypt is set to happen!


Egypt is beautiful, in essence, in culture and is the cradle of civilization, need I say more?

Whilst there are many cities including Alexandria, Luxor, Giza and Cairo, there is New Cairo and Old Cairo. I tried my luck asking a Uber driver day’s into my trip about the Old Cairo since Giza pyramids were the first on my to-do list, but he didn’t have a clue. English was a bit of a barrier, and I later realized this from the minute I left the airport. 

As the saying goes: ‘When there’s life there’s hope’ but I went from this to being told, about places I should avoid. However, I soon realized that some of what I was hearing was either a myth, or the uber driver wasn’t Egyptian. According to the second driver, the amount of “fine” and playful laughter responses I received, outnumbered the few expats who advised me to avoid point a to c.

‘Where are these places you wonder?’ Khan El Khalili (the horror) and anywhere that I soon realized was in/near old Cairo; the main pyramids’ being one. 

 

En route Pyramids!

It’s important to take precautions anywhere in the world, and as a tourist, care, and as a young woman – you do your research. Take tips from those that know, stay up to date with the news and have your mobile data ready for that uber! The ‘places to avoid’ is less about protests, (heard mainly around “downtown” but double-check first) and more about ‘men grabbing women in some markets.’ Still, I heard a lot about protests in and around town and either managed to navigate around it or just didn’t see one myself. 

There is a rich and poor gap particularly with Cairo, which seemed to be the theme of what I would hear with places like Madinaty, Maddi, and my recent stay in Garden City. Some places in Egypt are seen as a big deal, and Madinaty was one of them. The scenery was nice, but pockets of the new city were reminiscent to some people’s conditions I eventually saw in the Old Cairo.

With the hustle & bustle visit, winding down was all I needed. Overall, it was a good eye-opener in exploring the opportunities to come. Garden City, I was surrounded by hotels with easy access to The Four Seasons.

Can’t think of a better way than to enjoy a nice drink. 

Being away from home can be a little exhausting but the more I travel, the more I want to see. As for Egypt, we got some unfinished business! 

My Atlanta Trip Part 2 of 3

 

Atlanta, Georgia. Home to Centennial Park (host of the 96’ Olympics), World of Coca Cola, Ponce City Market, CNN and many more. Georgia is a big place as I’ve been told and seen through driving. The cities include: Savannah, Augusta, Marietta and Atlanta itself! Pretty confusing right? Before I wrote this blog, I thought Atlanta was what London is to the UK- as London, makes up the only city in London. Then came the research.

Atlanta’s a big place and I’ve seen enough now, to want to tour the south.What has impressed me the most is the southern hospitality; it’s true what they say.  Whilst there is good and bad in every place, my experiences were a little more personal and left a positive effect. My initial flight was to New York for a few days, then I flew from Newark with a stopover in Charlotte, North Carolina. I love sweets and anything to do with snacks, so after my 5 am flight from New Jersey, I needed my fix.

There I was waiting in the queue, and a lovely white lady probably in her late 40’s – 50’s said hello and asked how I was. It was not the cashier – again bubbly but my point is, it left a lasting impression. Whilst I don’t and do care about race, the hospitality shown, applies to anyone from any background. However, there was no other way of bringing you the readers 😊 into the scene, without my ‘by the way’ reference. By the way, I was on my way to the mall yesterday and a lady told me not to look at her hair! She got into a story about how the blow-dryer at the salon stopped working and since I had a few minutes to spare, I thought, why not?  Then I thought, this is totally me but with a different approach. I reassured her with ‘at least you didn’t look like what you think you do – on the 4th of July! Nice to know that banter is as good as gold everywhere, pretty much.

 

low angle photo of fireworks

 

Initially, I was heading to New Orleans but figured I’d go to Atlanta what with family out there that I hadn’t seen in a while. There’s something about the south I’ve had a taster of (maybe seeing Birmingham as a road sign or even Chattanooga, that makes me want to explore.

 

 

 

I like the city but appreciate calmness too. I can’t say the same about the driving here, well more-so people’s complaints about driving. My conclusion is; your either too fast and you’re a truck trying to cut corners, or too slow and it’s a problem. The point is there’s more to the south that meets the eye. I’ve heard so much trap music I don’t know whose who, but I’ve enjoyed the ride. Atlanta is very multicultural and diverse. There are stereotypes with every city or region in the world, so I’ll go ahead and list the 2 main one’s that for whatever reason are attached to the south/what Atlanta is known for.

1. Southern people are not as quick compared to others from different states.

2. Atlanta is majority Black.

 

Just for the fact more than one person correctly guessed I’m from London and not Australia, I’ll debunk point A. (It was a while back, still love you New York)!

Whilst Atlanta has an African American/Black presence, and of course with the Civil Rights Movement (Dr Martin Luther King); there are notably African Americans within Atlanta. However, I’ve noticed a big Latin community within wider Norcross Georgia for example, other cities as with Caucasians in Atlanta.

It’s been fun and an interesting whirlwind of emotions but there’s nothing like some good ol’ country trap musik. See what I did there. Hearing Lil Nas X everywhere, adds to the spirit of Atlanta. It’s safe to say – The Billboard controversy that came with his debut single, was the best thing that could happen to a newcomer! That’s one way of looking at it. Shout out to Billy Rae Cyrus too. You know that song that comes on in the club, and there’s that one person that’s contemplating whether to dance or not. Not over here, everyone’s bopping. He has since released other songs, but Old Town Road isn’t fading away. There is a country and western feel to the song (and with that it’s just dawned on me, I’m in the south!) Life is great & I’m ATL certified. Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ you can’t tell me nothin…’