First post in 2012, wheeee~~!!!!
Just came back from a 2 weeks long trip to Egypt 🙂 We had lots of fun over there and even though there wasn’t much wind I think it was the first time EVER I didn’t complain I had to sunbathe instead of kiting (which only shows how awesomely awesome our stay was, since those of you who know me personally are perfectly aware I get all moody and annoying when I can’t have a nice session for a few days in a row… :P)
As far as riding is concerned… well, there wasn’t much of that. My riding is SUCH SHIT now, I can’t believe what 5 months off water did to me!! I mean, I was expecting it won’t be very pretty, but come oooon… Where did all my beautiful raleys and stuff go? How come they’re alllll goneeee??? 😦 It’s actually kinda annoying, but who knows, maybe if everything goes well, I’ll be able to come back to Egypt to fix that soon 😉
So if the wind is dead, what else can you do in Hurghada? Well, you can sunbathe (obviously) or SUP, but the thing I like to do best wherever I go is making new friends with the people around me. After all, what’s the point of traveling if you don’t experience the local culture? And so, we got acquainted with at least three cooks (one of them even has a Polish wife… thanks for reminding me of “żółwik” man, I haven’t had such a good laugh in quite some time), the guy making jewelery (and he showed me how to do bracelets and stuff myself :D), the guy driving a cart with sweet potatoes in Hurghada and, of course, all the people from the kiteschool in the hotel. We were hanging out with them basically every day and on half of the evenings as well, so it was never boring 🙂 Thanks for taking us to all the houses, apartments, little arabic restaurants, pubs, live music shows, markets, dinners and breakfasts and teaching me how to play backgammon… you really made our stay priceless 🙂
Egypt is a strange country at times. It’s torn by all the political mess, people drive like crazy, talk fast and loud and always stare at you wherever you go. It’s also probably the first place I’ve been to where half of the taxi drivers take me for a hooker. People can be nice, very nice but scary at times as well and from time to time I do feel overwhelmed by the culture. I think I will never get used to it fully, but that’s just something I have to accept. Thanks to all our new Egyptian friends, who talked with me a lot, I was able to understand many things about this country I didn’t get before, and now I look at it all from a different perspective. But I guess that’s how it’s supposed to be, you meet different people, share experiences and opinions and after that you change. Your horizons broaden and your mind opens to new things. And then you go back home and you’re satisfied, because you bring with you stuff that no one can take away from you, stuff that makes your small world a little bigger 🙂
I really do hope I will come back to Egypt one day or another. There are still things I want to do here (like go sandboarding or finally visit those damn pyramids) and people I want to see once more. I guess it’s time to start working again to squeeze some money for the plane ticket… Because taking all the cultural and political differences aside, Egypt is simply worth it.
May wind be with you,