Egypt: An expat's perspective.

Fruit Seller
Aniseed Teaman
Lonely Pyramid
Jewellry Boxes
Sphinx from Afar
Pyramids in the Distance
Seaside Resort
Local Wanderer
Revolution Graffiti
Market Lamps
Smiling Camel
Streetfood Corn

As of June 2017, I left Egypt after living and teaching in Cairo, Egypt for six years. It's been a fantastic journey to see how this country has changed over time. When I first arrived in Egypt, the people were on the verge of the famous January 25th Revolution in 2011. That was when I came to Cairo for a job interview to teach at a British school. I returned nine months later, having been offered the job, to a post-revolution society and my honest opinion is that, whilst there are things that I became frustrated with on a daily basis, I've loved seeing the changes that have occurred during the time I have spent in Cairo.

I have now spent more of my adult life in Egypt than in any other place on this planet. As a result, it will always be my 'home' and I'll be visiting plenty more times in the future. Here are some of my favourite places.

Sunset over Downtown Cairo
Sunset over Downtown Cairo

The Famous Step Pyramid
The Famous Step Pyramid

Glimpse of the Great Pyramid in Giza
Glimpse of the Great Pyramid in Giza

Sunset over Downtown Cairo
Sunset over Downtown Cairo

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Cairo

 

Cairo is one of the famous cities around the world that is affectionately known as 'the city that never sleeps.'

There are many different opinions surrounding Cairo but I have to say it's a city that I've come to love and am happy to call my 'temporary home'. The people are friendly, the roads are chaotic, the weather is amazing, the food is delicious and living costs are extremely reasonable.

There are plenty of things to do and places to visit. There are also lots of hotels to stay in, hotels which pride themselves on excellent customer service. Particular favourites are the Marriott and the Renaissance. Though pricey, they do offer a luxurious stay! 

 

Dahab and the Red Sea

 

Dahab is the sort of place which seems to have been frozen in time. Located in the South Sinai region, it can be accessed via plane to Sharm El Sheikh airport. From there, it's a one hour drive which should cost around 200LE. If you arrive at Sharm Airport, you may be approached with offers of more than 1000LE to take you the short distance. You can contact me if you wish to receive more information about booking a ride from the airport.

More importantly, back to Dahab! What does it offer? Sun, sea, sand, relaxing, snorkelling, cocktails... the list is endless. A sleepy seaside town on the coast of the Red Sea, there is something for everyone. Whether you want to lie on the beach, learn to dive or hire a yacht for the day... it's all possible! If you're thinking of visiting Dahab, get in touch for some great tips and a very hippy atmosphere!

Luxor Temple by Night
Luxor Temple by Night

Felluca Sunset Sailing, Aswan
Felluca Sunset Sailing, Aswan

Ramses IV Tomb, Luxor
Ramses IV Tomb, Luxor

Luxor Temple by Night
Luxor Temple by Night

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Beachfront Villa, Dahab
Beachfront Villa, Dahab

Blue Hole Diving Spot
Blue Hole Diving Spot

Sit Back and Relax
Sit Back and Relax

Beachfront Villa, Dahab
Beachfront Villa, Dahab

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Luxor and Aswan

 

When it comes to Ancient Egyptian history and culture, Aswan and Luxor have it all. The two cities connected by road and rail can both be accessed from Cairo Airport. Alternatively, you can take the train from Cairo to either place. There are also famous Nile Cruises which you can take from Aswan to Luxor or Luxor to Aswan as necessary. Basically, with so many travel connections, it's highly recommended that you work these destinations into your itinerary.

There are many temples to visit as well as the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

If you would like to arrange a trip please contact me.

Siwa

 

If you're looking for an escape from civilisation, Siwa is the perfect destination. Accessible only by car, it's about a ten hour drive west from Cairo. Though the journey is long, there is no doubting that it's worth taking for the sights and activities that await you once there. 

Siwa is famed for its natural oases and sand dunes. Whilst there, you can drive jeeps over the dunes for an exhillerating adrenaline rush or swim in the natural waters which form in various locations.

Sand, Sand, Sand
Sand, Sand, Sand

Sunset over Siwa Mosque
Sunset over Siwa Mosque

Roman Ruins
Roman Ruins

Sand, Sand, Sand
Sand, Sand, Sand

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Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Mereruka

Ancient Hieroglyphics
Ancient Hieroglyphics

King Djoser's Step Pyramid
King Djoser's Step Pyramid

Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Mereruka

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Saqqara's Secret Pyramids

 

Saqqara's pyramids stand at one of the most impressive historic complexes in the world. The former capital of Egypt, Memphis as it was known, has a wealth of surviving temples, tombs and hieroglyphics in various states of preservation. Known affectionately as Egypt's 'secret pyramids' these are a must-see attraction when in Cairo. You will honestly not believe your eyes of what awaits you at this desert-y area of Egypt. 

The White Desert

 

The White Desert is my favourite place in the whole of Egypt. Having visited several times, each trip has been unique and exciting in many ways. Once submerged under water, it is now a stretch of desert which is littered with various rock formations that have been shaped by the ancient waters and modern day winds.

The White Desert is located south west of Cairo near the oasis town of Bahraya. There are many different ways to do this trip, including spending a night in a hotel in the town and then venturing out to sleep under the stars. Alternatively, you can have a real adventure and spend three nights camping in various locations, sacrificing the luxury of toilets and showers in order to immerse yourself in nature.

Beautiful Sunset
Beautiful Sunset

Star Gazing
Star Gazing

Camping under the Stars
Camping under the Stars

Beautiful Sunset
Beautiful Sunset

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Ancient Ruins and Modern Buildings
Ancient Ruins and Modern Buildings

Kom Al Shoqafa Catacombs
Kom Al Shoqafa Catacombs

Descending into the Catacombs
Descending into the Catacombs

Ancient Ruins and Modern Buildings
Ancient Ruins and Modern Buildings

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Alexandria

 

 

Alexandria is located on Egypt's north coast where the land meets the Mediterranean Sea. It's a cosy little seaside village with the perks of being on the Med mixed with the traditional Egyptian culture.

There are plenty of places in which to stay, eat and drink. Not only that, there are many things to do which range from visiting historical sites, strolling along the corniche and marvelling at the modern day architecture.