Egypt 2015 —
In the first part of my gap year, I went to see a friend in Egypt. Having roots in Yemen and then relocated all over the world, my friend, her mum and grandma are currently living together outside Cairo. I went in the time right after there was a bomb near a tourist resort and was met with openness and curiosity as to why I still decided to go. There were very few tourists, which affected the livelihood of a lot of people and it felt strange experiencing this. Despite the circumstances, I had a great time travelling around with my friend, seeing all the highlights of Cairo and Giza. As a kid I had a phase with massive interest in Egyptology, so experiencing the Pyramids was a dream come true.
Cairo is a very busy city and experiencing the Kham el Khalili market at night and the Citadel were clear highlights. Experiencing artisans in action selling souvenirs and artefacts in their shops was fascinating. The culture of bartering is so different from the culture at home and seeing my friend's mum in action was an empowering experience.