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EGYPT ROADTRIP WITH GAZEF


...Egypt was an entirely indescribable experience. From the people to the culture it was definitely one of the best countries I've had the pleasure of visiting, let alone photographing. 

The culture was so rich and deeply rooted in ways that are ultimately hard to describe. Everyone we met was excited to see westerners and would invite us for tea, (literally everyone). They were excited to see us and honestly very kind and Welcoming.  They explained that they don't see many westerners due to the stigma that exists around the country. Many assume Egypt is dangerous place. 

The common notion I experienced from people before I left was,

"Aren't you afraid?"

or

"Do you think you'll be safe?"  

All of which, in my time in Egypt I never once felt threatened or feared for my life for lack of safety.

Don't get me wrong, every country outside of your own is dangerous to a degree
and some countries have a higher risk of danger but if you're smart you'll be
fine.


So to hop into the details, KJ and I caught a flight from Seattle with a stop in Dubai then onward to Cairo while Jordan and Zoe flew from Salt Lake City to Paris then Cairo to meet up with us. This whole process took about 22 hours by the time we all met our guide late at night on the busy Cairo International Airport curb.

The Tourism Agency we were working with called GAZEF sent a Woman name Randa. She was our schedule keeper, translator, transport, and well as our body guard. That said, by the end of the trip Randa became all of our best friends. 

From the Airport we took a 10 hour private bus ride into the night on our way to Marsa Alam, a beach town along the Red Sea, only stopping in the late hours of the night. It was muggy as the bus bumped along.

 


MARSA ALAM

As we arrived to our resort destination, we were amazed at the tent accommodations that have been set up for us, being based in Marsa Alam, the next few days were spent in the back of the desert meeting Boudins, drinking Egyptian coffee, and discovering how salty the Red Sea actually was. 

In the deep unreachable locations of the deserts where no roads are paved live Boudins. Boubins are a community of people that choose to live a minimal lifestyle based off the land. They reap what the sow, they work hard to sustain a life out in the wilderness. We met a few that didn't want to be photographed but we learned the various ways they support their lifestyle.