21-year-old seeks advice about Cairo adventure
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Feb 4, 2013 1:41 AM Last Post By: catw
Jan 30, 2013 4:12 AM
15An Egyptian guy who had never set foot in the West once told me that Western women liked to have sex with strangers several times a day, that it was lawful to have sex on the street in Paris, and that the Israeli army included an elite regiment of women soldiers who would fight fully naked in order to disturb the enemy.
Some Western people who've never set foot in the Middle-East will tell you that Egypt is a country where strange bearded men roam the street looking for innocent Western women they will try and attract to their tent, only to lock them with the goats until they can sell them off to an emir from the Gulf against a pair of camels.
As an expatriate in Cairo I will tell you not to listen to people who don't know what they're talking about, and to head to Egypt. With a bit of patience, understanding and common sense, you will be able to discover and enjoy this marvelous country. You will meet fewer tourists than in the past, but still quite a number, and you will keep running into the many Western expatriates who are still living the good life in Cairo, Mubarak or no Mubarak.
Jan 30, 2013 4:21 AM
Jan 30, 2013 4:32 AM
Jan 30, 2013 9:42 PM
18I second catw's advice. She lives in Cairo, has a great understanding of the place and talks common sense. Follow her advice and you won't go wrong.
Jan 31, 2013 12:41 AM
Feb 2, 2013 10:53 AM
20Hello again! I wanted to thank all of you again for taking a stab at my deluge of questions - I was especially interested in the accounts of those who had seen Egypt for themselves. A lot of people I know and I am acquainted with think me mad for being so enchanted by Cairo and Egypt, but it makes the most perfect sense to me in the world. I didn't decide Cairo simply by reading The Alchemist or watching Brendan Fraser in The Mummy - I decided because of its history, its art, its language, its culture, its people, its sense of adventure and danger - both sides of the dagger, if you will. The enigmatic beauty of it. Of course I want to see London, Paris, Rome, Prague, Berlin, Barcelona - all the westernized destinations, but I also want to see what is unspoiled and strange and beautiful. Something new, something shocking - to be a better human, a closer part of our daunting and lively world. I don't know. People - they have their own visions, their own mistakes, their own small moments of happiness and understanding. So thank you again, and may you always wander on.
Feb 4, 2013 1:41 AM
21I loved Brendan Fraser in "The Mummy"! You can love real Egypt and still enjoy a good Egyptian fantasy.
I'm sure you'll love Cairo. In Arabic they call it "Oum Al Dounia" - the mother of the world. This city is not a city, it's a world in itself.
Some years ago, I told friends and family that I was moving to Cairo. Some friends and relatives predicted that I'd be raped, kidnapped, sold into white slavery... once in Cairo I quickly found out that nearly all the Western women living there had been told the same by their own acquaintances. Well none of these things ever happened to any of us. What happened is that we all fell in love with this insane city, where every day is an adventure, and that we had a lot of fun and met loads of fascinating people.
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