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Saturday, May 12, 2018

4 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Egypt

Last month I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Egypt for six days with the best sister-friends a girl could ask for. 

I remember way back in August 2017, when I initially booked the flight it started off as a solo trip, but as time went on, and I started letting more and more of my circle know my travel plans, there ended up being four of us on the itinerary, and it couldn't have worked out better.

Being a frequent solo traveler, I'm very particular with whom I travel with, when others do come along with me. I've heard horror stories of many that traveled with large groups or many "friends" and it go awry. I never want to have that issue or for it to be a lingering thought in my head that I'm not going to enjoy myself with the company I'm with, so for that reason I only advertise trips to close friends.

I digress a bit from the title of the post, but I would be remiss to not share that a major reason why my trip was as great as it was, was due the three other women I shared the experience. There's something to be said about being with true friends that you can laugh, cry, encourage, and truly be yourself around that makes these moments in life all the greater. 








Keptah, Kierra, and Kiersten, thank you for your friendship and thank you for your presence. Egypt wouldn't have been the same without you ladies. So this post, I dedicate to you :)

OK, OK, OK... On to the reason for this post!!

Reasons Why You Need to Visit Egypt

4. The Architecture & Views
The title says it all. I have nothing more to elaborate on this so take a look for yourself!













3. The Historical Sights
It's one thing to see read, hear, and see things on paper or in pictures, but it is truly a whole other thing to experience it in person.




One of the reasons why my wanderlust is at such a heightened point at this time in my life is because hearing about things no longer suffices. I need to have my five senses engaged, up and personal, with the real things.




Being able to stand underneath the massive pyramids, see hieroglyphics with my naked eye, walk inside of tombs where ancient royalty were buried, and to even stand on the same grounds as Jesus and his parents were all things I can now make those cross connections with having learned about them previously, but now got to experience it in person. 






2. To Demystify Islamofobia
Prior to going to Egypt, I was very aware that I was going to an Islamic country. This didn't mean much to me, in terms of deterring me from going, but I did receive the side eye and third-degree questioning from a few friends and family members upon telling them of my pending destination. 

Egypt as a country has been in world news in recent years for cases of bombings/attacks. If you know anything about the way news is reported in the U.S.A., then you know that any news about a country that isn't it's own or especially is an Islamic country, isn't presented in the best light. It's always reported with an underlying tone that these places are dangerous and that the people in these places are inherently inferior.

Me, always being a skeptic to anything that comes from media here in this country, have always known better than to take what the news says as accurate. There is a clear agenda they have to push and this I am aware of.

Many people fear going to Egypt, wondering if it safe or if there would be any problem traveling as a woman there and I'm here to tell you that it is totally fine

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

The people there were very respectful and not ever, not even once did I feel unsafe. Even in the midst of the busy streets and the cars weaving in and out of each other, there was just an feeling of peace in the air that made me feel at peace the entire time. 
Our AMAZING tour guide, Mohamed








1. To Reaffirm Black Excellence
Being in this country, seeing the pyramids, tombs, and hieroglyphics up close and person simply added to my laundry list of reasons why I am proud to be black. It is one thing to read and see pictures of these places, but to see it in person honestly brought tears to my eyes at one point.





The artifacts I was privy to witness were literally thousands of years old and knowing that my ancestors were the ones to create these things just proved how advanced ancient Egyptians were. From the golden caskets, to symmetrical pyramids, and intricately etched symbols in the wall, I was astounded by how much talent was displayed at every historical site we visited. 




It was very clear that the ingenuity they possessed was bar none and it made me proud to know that my African ancestors were the reason behind this. Their resources were super limited but they relied on the universe and the strength of the spirits of those that came before them to create a lasting dynasty, that still to this day leaves many questions unanswered. 








Tomb made of pure gold

Sandals...yeah, we did that first!


But one thing that cannot be denied is the excellence that was portrayed by these dynamic people and we are so fortunate to have these artifacts still here that give us a glimpse into how innovative and well beyond there time they were. Black excellence, indeed!


I highly suggest you add Egypt to your travel plans soon!

Is Egypt on your places to visit? If so, what would you want to see or do there?

Been to Egypt already? What were your favorite experiences?

Let me know below!






27 comments:

  1. Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I love the sunset and dream of seeing an artifact thousands of years old. The gold tomb stuns me. I've heard of such things but to know you actually seen it and photographed it, wow! True friends are a blessing.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes it was such a treat to see it up close. Hope your dream becomes reality soon!

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  2. We plan to travel Egypt at the end of the year and glad I came across this blog. I like your point no 2 - To Demystify Islamofobia. I too have some concern if it is safe, after reading this blog I feel so much better and think I should go ahead and rather sit there and be afraid. I guess sometimes we need to go and feel it ourselves and judge it ourselves, not just blindly listen to news.

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    1. That’s great. I’m glad that you’re going soon. And yes it’s really not bad at all. Met some of the friendliest people while there. Hope you have a great time in Egypt!

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  3. Great photos and giiiirl...you look STUNNING :) Love them shades!

    I have to agree about travelling solo vs with someone else. I bet it brings a totally different vibe to the experience so I am glad you were able to find others to go with you.
    Honestly, Egypt has never really been a destination on my mind as I tend to stick to more northern countries and vegetation but seeing the cool architecture and culture I may reconsider my next trips :) I agree with your point on Islamophobia - coming from Russia, I have seen that idea circulate quite a bit when it comes to countries like Egypt - many people are hesitant to go! So hopefully blogs like this will help others see through that.

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    1. Yes, that’s the goal to experience things and educate others on it! And thanks! It was a great experience being with my friends. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Egypt had always been on our travel destination bucket list. How I wish I can go there soon with my family. So beautiful there.

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    1. I hope you can make it there sooner than later!

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  5. It looks like you had such a great time visiting Egypt, the photos are lovely! It looks like they have so much culture to explore and enjoy.

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    1. I did have a blast, thanks! Tons of culture, for sure!

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  6. I never really thought about going to Egypt before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do lis

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  7. I never really thought about going to Egypt before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do lis

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  8. Thank you for sharing your post about your adventures in Egypt. I'm sure it was so much more fun with your three friends who joined you.

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    1. No problem! I love sharing! And yes they made the trip an amazing one!

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  9. Great article with beautiful pictures. I always wanted to go to Egypt. All of the reasons for going to Egypt are definitely correct. Egypt is the place to be sure to see.

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    1. Thanks! It was a great time for sure!

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  10. Egypt has always been on my bucket list of places where I want to go. It looks so beautiful and it is rich in history.

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    1. I really hope you make it there soon! You will enjoy it, I'm sure!

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  11. I have always wanted to go to Egypt and hopefully I will go there some of these days. I love that you had a great time and felt safe to travel around.

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    1. Thanks, and I truly hope it b becomes a reality for you soon. You'll have a blast!

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  12. Well I'm sold! You've made me want to visit Egypt! Especially the pyramids!

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    1. Glad to hear it! I hope you end up there sooner than later!

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  13. This is definitely on the bucket list! I would so love to see the pyramids someday. It's all so interesting and full of history! :)

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  14. Egypt is definitely on my bucket list. I have so many questions about your trip. Where did you stay? Were there things that you would do differently.

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  15. Indeed it tops my long list of MUST 👀 places. I can’t wait to let that journey begin! The points you made and the iconic photos you shot are AMAZING!

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