Top 5 things to do in Egypt

1. Get a hot air balloon ride at sunrise at Luxor.

Warning: this requires you to wake up at an ungodly hour (we did 4am) and forego your breakfast buffet. But 10/10 would tell you it is highly worth it.

It took about 15 minutes to inflate and on board everyone and the view was astounding. At 6 am we saw the full moon setting down and the Sun coming up at the same time while navigating over the Valley of the kings (resting place of all the great Pharaohs including Ramses II and Tutankhamun)

(I am still working on the GoPro edits of this video, will be up soon!)

2. ATV in the Giza desert

It’s not hard to miss. There are plenty of vendors waiting to rent theirs out (make sure to bargain with them). We set off on ours around 5pm. On the way there we raced with the horses and camels (scared a few of them too). When we got to the desert we played in the sand around the Great pyramids of Giza and caught the sunset there over a cup of strong tea and chatting with some funny locals. Divine experience.

3. Get a visit out to Alexandria

We did a day tour. My main objective of this trip was to locate and seduce Cleopatra but I learned she’s in the Mediterranean somewhere. Quickly shed a tear and move on.

So instead I checked out the largest library in the world, Alexandria Library and Citadel of Qaitbay.

I am tremendously impressed by Alexander the Great’s accomplishments and his choice of making Alexandria the capital when he conquered. Many had tried to conquer Egypt and failed before him, I will probably write a post soon exploring Alexander’s strategies to dominate.

4. Get inside the pyramids. DUH.

Actually not so DUH since it’s actually 4th on my list. Treasures and tombs inside have been removed (check them at the Cairo Museum) but it still gave me goosebumps. Some of them are somewhat tough to climb so make sure your VO2 is at it’s max. Join a crossfit gym and train for a couple weeks before it.

Just kidding, but if cardio is not in your repertoire it will definitely test you. Onwards.

5. Visit the temples.

They are grandiose and absolutely larger than life. I learned to appreciate Egyptian architecture and picked up some hieroglyphs as well. I can now identify the God of fertility (actually you can too possibly. It’s the dude with the massive boner. Sticks out like a sore thumb midst all the other sober artwork. No pun intended).

Top 10 weird things about Egypt

Hello good folks, just concluded a week-long marathon trip to Egypt. Here’s some of the things that really boggled my mind:

1) Egypt is still not over the 2011 revolution.

In fact, locals are claiming they’re worse off than before and really fighting their way back to 2011 days. This spells good news and bad news for you (potential tourists that want selfies with pyramids).

Good news: Food and accommodation is CHEAP!

Even cheaper now that the Egyptian pound is no longer pegged to the Dollar. So your buying power is tremendous and you can literally go on Nile cruises with buffets, see the pyramids and get a dope view from the sky on a hot air balloon for less than $100.

Bad news: tourism has TANKED since 2011.

Locals are claiming less than 50%, so there’s a lot of pressure on employees (read: pushy sales folks) either taxi drivers or tour operators who hang around in front of the hotels and popular spots and harass tourists into buying tours.

2) Only about 3.5% of Egypt is actually livable land. I am not kidding.

This spells terrible news since cities like Cairo see heavy traffic (we almost missed our sleeping train because of this). So make sure you plan ahead.

3) Everything is NEGOTIABLE and prices are CHEAP.

Make sure you brush up on your negotiation chops (I’ll be writing a post on negotiating soon). Now they’re not as expert at this as the Thais or the Chinese but as soon as they realize you’re foreign, the price gets hiked up anywhere from 3-5x.

Good news: with a bit of negotiating you can get incredible deals. Especially on papyrus (I brought the price of mine down from 1600 pounds to 500 in 3 minutes of good back and forth).

Bad news: The touristy areas will have people looking to take advantage of this. Everything comes at a price. I tried to use a washroom and the shopkeepers pupils dialated as he declared ‘That will be 5 pounds!’.

Ps. I negotiated it down to 3 pounds after this.

4) Every time you use the toilets/washroom/restroom, expect to pay.

This includes everywhere from government funded ones that are on site at tourist attraction to the ones inside shopping malls and on the streets. The rationale is that this helps them keep the toilets clean.

5) Prices are heavily subsidized for locals.

So if a hotel room costs $30 for the locals, expect to pay about $80 for the same room. Now the good news; you can ask your local tour guide to book the room for you and therefore take advantage of these savings. We stayed at the Steigenberger for $30 because our local guide booked it for us. Bless his soul.

6) Animal cruelty

7) Obsession with the afterlife and attaining infinity

8) It all starts and ends with the Nile

9) East vs West bank

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