For today’s post, Anabel, from Amor for Travel, answered a serious of questions about a country that social media has made us scared to visit. Egypt. But, Anabel has shown us that Egypt is a country that loves new people and has no problem showing their hospitality and friendliness. She tells us her experiences with the Egyptian locals.
How did you feel about Egypt and the locals?
Our experience in Egypt was wonderful. We found the Egyptian local people to be kind, friendly and helpful. Everywhere we went we found ourselves surrounded by crowds of young people saying hello, waving, smiling and wanting to take pictures with our children.
Was it what you expected? Or the opposite?
I must admit that when we planned our travel to Egypt we found ourselves a bit apprehensive and unsure of what we would find the locals to be like. We were warned by many that we should not travel there for safety reasons but our experience was far different from that. It was a pleasant surprise to find Egypt to be a friendly place to visit.
What did you do to connect with them better?
Having our children with us was probably the biggest reason we connected with the locals in Egypt. It seemed that just walking around with our family in tow was reason enough to have everyone smile, wave and even come over to ask for our names and take photos with us.
How did you connect with them better?
We took every opportunity during our time in their beautiful country to be friendly and smile constantly. After many interactions and selfies, we felt welcomed and connected to the locals in Egypt. Language barrier? How’d you get past that?
What about the language barrier? How’d you get past that?
When approached by the locals, we communicated through broken English and silly hand signals. Most of our time in Egypt though we had hired a guide to go with us so we didn’t have to face the reality that most people don’t speak English. The hotels we stayed at also conversed well in English which was helpful.(Referencing to the photo of the Egyptian local and your daughter); What made you feel comfortable enough with this local to hold your cute daughter?
(Referencing to the photo of the Egyptian local and your daughter); What made you feel comfortable enough with this Egyptian local to hold your cute daughter?
After spending a few days in Egypt our apprehensions and fears had been overcome with feelings of appreciation and gratitude. On this particular occasion, we were resting momentarily in the shade to escape the sun. Our daughter, while only 3 years old at the time, said take a photo with me and sat in the arms of the gentlemen we were talking to while there and smiled. It was such a sweet moment, and we were happy it showed as such in the photo. Two worlds apart yet race, color, and religion did not matter; two happy new friends is all that existed at that moment.
Thank you so much, Amor for Travel, for sharing with us how great the people in Egypt can be. I’m looking forward to visiting Egypt and making friends with them as well!
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