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Why visit Egypt?


Pyramids of the Giza Plateau

Egypt is a Middle Eastern, mostly Muslim country. Westerners might find this reason to stay away. However, the Egyptians are welcoming to tourists. The thing to be really scared of is not the country's location or politics: it has to be one of the worst countries in the world for hygiene. Lack of handwashing and general hygene standards can be life-threatening. Many people report having contracted Cairo Belly or worse during their visit. Intestinal infections can be severe enough to require hospitalization, something to be avoided while on vacation. Perhaps the poor hygiene comes from a lack of fresh water. The plumbing in Egypt is stone-age at best. To improve your chances of staying healthy take lots of alcohol hand wash, toilet paper, and be very careful about what you eat there. Make sure when you go that you do not skimp on your travel and accommodation. Spending more is no guarantee you will have better plumbing or food. But, it might reduce the chance of getting ill. The only real way to ensure you do not get sick is: do not drink the water, do not put ice in your drinks, and do not eat uncooked food. And be prepared to eat some poor quality food. Often it can be gritty from desert sand blown into it during preparation. Really, the only way you can be absolutely certain you will not get sick is to take your own food.

So why bother to visit Egypt?

Thousands and thousands of giant blocks

It is a place filled with ancient history. Its buildings and monuments offer insight into who we were 5,000 years ago. The Pyramids of the Giza Plateau are astounding. From an architectural point of view they rival many modern buildings in their ability to enlist a response of awe. And when you think about what it took to build them. You cannot help but be stunned by the tyranny within our human nature. They stand next to the amazing and inscrutable Sphinx, which gazes intently out into the desert. Archeologists still do not know exactly who built it or when.

The Cairo museum is stuffed with artifacts. All of the contents of Tutankhamen's tomb are there, including gorgeous jewelry, incredible furniture, and beautiful stone carving and sculpture. Much of the displays seem uncared for and dusty, as if they had not been looked at since first placed there by a Victorian era curator. Apparently, a new museum is being built.

The Sphinx of the Giza Plateau

There are countless temples and remains everywhere in the desert along the banks of the Nile; it could take a lifetime to visit it all. Read my next article to experience some of them.

There is no place else in the world you will experience all of these things. This is why it is worth taking on all the risks to visit Cairo in the desert land of Egypt.


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