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!
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?