Being annoyed by the visa process
We Egyptian Passport holders are victims of annoying endless visa requirements, and having to wait till forever to get a visa appointment, therefore everyone had adventures, and misadventures at foreign embassies, and certainly stood in long queues.
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Queued for Tax-Free until we almost missed the flight
Though we do not expect to get more than 20-30 euros, we go to the airport 4 hours in advance, standing in endless queues risking to miss our flight, but we keep telling ourselves “this is around EGP 170-250, mesh we7shin, yenfa3o le akher el shahr.”
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Almost missed a flight, a train, a bus,…
It’s just a fact of travel; running after a flight, a train, a bus, or any means of public transports -it’s not exclusive to Egyptians. Although it’s terrifying the moment it happens specially when alone, or when there aren’t any alternative connections, but one by one you get used to it, and stop being as terrified as before, as we Egyptians always lose track of time, we are more exposed to missing things, aren’t we? lol.
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Over-packed until we learned to pack light
Yes I hear you, your back, neck and shoulder pain are unbearable because you had to take care of your luggage at the airport, train and bus station, and it only gets worse as you checked in a hostel that does not provide a lift, while your stay will be on the fifth floor, fancy that! This is when we were urged to watch tutorials on how to pack light, and “more or less” committed to every word.
Were terrified from the moment the luggage will be weighed
“Should I wear extra layers, carry a hidden extra carry on, or just leave some stuff behind? This guy at the counter looks nice, but the lady looks very strict, if my luggage is overweight should I cry to him, or beg?” These are common questions that we ask ourselves every time we pack, or wait for our luggage to be weighed.
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Stopped by customs for entering food
Egyptian food is a delicacy; molokheya, ka7k, 7alaweyat shar2eya, fetir, 7amam ma7shi, you name it! When traveling to a family member or a friend; carrying food is a “goes without saying” tradition, we all have been stopped at least once by customs to explain what kind of goods are we carrying.
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Had stomachaches from over eating
We Egyptians don’t just eat, we love food, and enjoy every bit of it -yes food is a pleasure-, therefore we do not stop when we are full, we only stop when 1. the restaurant wants to close, or 2. we finish all the food served, and by that time we are completely over-stuffed.
Haggled with someone offering a ride, a product or a service
Living in Egypt helps us nourish the “haggling” skill, haggling is just part of our daily life starting from the vallet parking guy who asks for “nonsense” amounts of money, to buying fruits and veggies from street stalls. In fact Africa, and Asia are “the birthplace of haggling”, people offer you all sorts of services, and goods while walking, standing, or riding public transports.
Rent an apartment with a kitchenette to save money
If traveling with a group, renting an apartment is the second best option after hostels, specially if looking for some privacy. Not only it cuts down accommodation costs, but also the money spent on food, as kitchenettes allow us to buy half cooked meals, or raw materials to cook our favorite recipes, instead of eating daily in restaurants, bistros, and cafes.
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Finished all our cash and blocked our credit cards
We have all been there, haven’t we? This is when we are dying to buy some extra stuff from the duty free, are hungry, or just thirsty, and can’t wait to get on our flight to ask for a drink, and a meal.
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Came back broke not knowing how we will make it through the month
We all have been there too! And that’s exactly when tax-free money comes as a savior.
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Have you been through any of these? Share with us in the comments below!