I was traveling Egypt during this period last year. It must have been the most adventurous trip I had ever taken because to start, 6 days before I was due to travel there was an explosion of a bus carrying Vietnamese travelers killing 4 people and injuring several others. That sets the scene doesn’t it? It was no surprise that during our trip in Egypt especially the North, we were escorted by a military man appointed by the tourism department in a full suit carrying two rifles, one German and automatic and the other handheld…
Be that as it may today would have been day two of our trip in Egypt. I travelled with three other girls from South Africa through a tour group. Today would be a big day for the pyramids and other lovely attractions in Cairo. What became apparent fairly quickly was that there were many pyramids, not just the ones in Giza. We started the tour of the pyramids with a cluster of pyramids that weren’t as pyramid as you’d expect, the step pyramid and another internally persevered one that was essentially a blob of soil on the outside. And in a twist of fate that was the only pyramid we could go into and actually experience.
Cairo was amazing in that it offered a world that even in my wildest imagination I couldn’t have captured, a cultural shock that wasn’t the same as any place I had ever been to. It was windy and dusty, there was security and gunmen in every tourist area, the aura and sense of the majestic Nile (the longest river in Africa), some serious city traffic and many other interesting experiences. But the most shocking was many of the men in Egypt and how they loved women in that obvious disrespectful way that we often fight as women (a subject for another day). And if that wasn’t the case they rejected you in that way that says “don’t dance next to me”, “don’t talk to me”, don’t, don’t, don’t…
After touching the tip of the pyramids on a selfie cam, climbing on camels and kissing the sphynx and borrowing him my sunnies because perspective is everything, we later set off on a 14-hour 900km bus trip to Aswan, the South of Egypt.

Now the most interesting thing about Aswan must have been Lake Nasser, at least that’s the one thing I can remember. A lake guarded by the military and other scientific technology because if it broke could swallow Egypt in hours. Aswan high dam is how Egypt produces some of its electricity through hydropower. A serious beauty and engineering mastery that made me quite jealous.
I must also tell you that once we arrived in Aswan we didn’t need our gunman anymore, and with that came a big sigh of relief that meant we would be safer there than we had been in Cairo and on the way there!

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