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Anybody ever been to Egypt?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Rusty Shackleford, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    Wondering about safety there and how easy it is to get around. I've read quite a bit about it online, which says that parts of it should be avoided but that for the most part it's just as safe as anywhere else really. But I can't help but associate it with the rest of the Middle East as far as danger and hostility to westerners.
     
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Egypt may be the safest Arabic country there is. You'd have to avoid places there just like you'd have to avoid Red Bird in Dallas or 09'er ville in LR or Watts.
     
  3. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Never been, but from what I've read Cairo is a really bustling city. So much so, urban sprawl has nearly swallowed up the pyramids.

    Getting fucked up on Khat seems to be the favorite pasttime of most Africans in that region.
     
  4. KG

    KG Active Member

    Other than they won't let a woman fly without being accompanied by a man, I haven't heard anything about traveling in Egypt.
     
  5. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    You're going to freak out a bit when you see the crowds. You've never, ever seen a mass of people like THAT, and nothing here prepares you for it.
     
  6. It's an amazing place in every way. Stifling, soaring, grimy, sparkling. Frenetic, relaxed. Frightening, peaceful.
     
  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    See, everything I've read says stuff like that's not true there, that it's more progressive than a lot of other Middle Eastern countries. Everything I've read says they don't recommend a woman traveling alone because sexual harassment is common in that case, but there are no rules prohibiting it.

    So what I'm gathering from others here who have been to Egypt -- it's not a dangerous place then, just crowded (in Cairo I assume)?
     
  8. SnoopyBoy

    SnoopyBoy Member

    Wow, sound like classy people.
    I will never go to the Middle East and I'm happy about it.
     
  9. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    They don't want you, either.
     
  10. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Wonder how it compares to Manila in terms of bustle and general chaos. No way to compare the regional differences, but still ...
     
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Lebanon and Egypt are pretty safe for westerners. I'd stay away from the border areas in either country, however.

    Also, read this.

    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1108.html
     
  12. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure the thing about women not being able to fly alone is bullshit. Rumors like that give the Middle East a bad name. I freaking love living here, although I'm not really excited about the sheep-slaying holiday next week.

    I haven't been yet to Egypt but plan to next year. I mentioned this the other night in the company of my new colleagues and seems I'm in the minority by not having visited yet.

    The crowd of mostly women rang out endorsements, specifying the pyramids and the museum. You need a solid day for each, they told me.

    My doctor here is Egyptian and when I mentioned I hope to go she said she'd give me info before I left. She also added several departing Peace Corps volunteers had stopped there on their way back recently. Never said a word of warning about traveling as a single woman.

    If you want me to ask her anything for you, PM me.

    Meanwhile, check out Flyertalk.com. There are Africa and Middle East travel forums and there's some stuff on there like an running argument on which is better to visit, the pyramids or Petra.

    Don't go in the summer.
     
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