Egypt | 5 Funny Phrases You’ll Hear!

Egypt introduced me to the phrase ‘culture shock‘. When I visited Egypt in December 2012 it was my first across seas trip. It was the one of the first literal eye-opening adventures I have had. Egypt has had its issues throughout the past years though if you get the chance to visit I guarantee the trip to the country, which is so rich in history, art and breathtaking architecture, is well worth it!

While you venture through Egypt you’re bound to here these hilarious phrases …

If I’m missing any that you encountered let me know in the comments!

Good Price, Best Price!, Egypt, Cairo

Good Price, Best Price!

1. Good Price, Best Price!: I quite often was approached by sales people coming out of their stores, they would often say this phrase in order to pique my attention and try and make a sale. If they caught/think they caught what you were looking at they would run around in their store picking up many different piece of that item to see if it is of interest to you. Most of the time they grab something I wasn’t looking at though, haha. It was always very interesting shopping in Egypt, there typically are no set prices for items and we were told to always barter which is handy if you’re good at it!

2. I have everything you are looking for: While walking through the market, out of the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of a store owner. Suddenly they would speak up and say, “I have everything you’re looking for (typically combined with #1 as well). In Egypt after the revolution in 2011 times have been tough, as well as volatile. The tourism into the country has been cut off completely several times in the past few years. Some say it’s almost the best time to visit because there’s a significantly smaller amount of people at each site; though, there are a lot of locals desperate to make a sale.

3. Canada Dry: This one only applies to Canadians, as you may have guessed. Every time I was asked where I am from or would hand over my passport I would get the response, “Ah! Canada Dry, Eh?” This phrase was typically followed up with “Vancouver … Toronto?” To which I responded Vancouver because it’s close to where I live. It was highly entertaining hearing this all the time, they always mean well. :)

4. 100 Camels for ____: Typically said when you’re traveling male and female; a male will approach you and try to make this trade. I stood there staring at the male who said this to my husband until I realized he actually just asked to trade 100 camels for me. It was quite hilarious but I found it a little strange, haha.

5. Shakira: While walking around in Egypt when my hair and eyes were not covered I was typically bombarded by men yelling, “Shakira, Shakira!” I approached my guild to ask if the men there thought I was Shakira or if they called me that because they love Shakira. He responded, “Nope, men love women.” I got a good laugh out of his response and can understand that I do kind of stand out with my pale white skin and blonde hair.

Felucca, Nile, Egypt, Aswan, Luxor, Baksheesh, Arabic, Travel, Nile River

We literally had little kids in makeshift boats hand-paddle their way to our boat to ask for Baksheesh.

On another note, and not especially funny … From my personal experience the most common word of all that you’ll hear in Egypt is:

baksheesh

[bak-sheesh, bak-sheesh] (in the Near and Middle East)

noun

1. a tip, present, or gratuity.

verb (used with object), verb (used without object)

2. to give a tip.

Baksheesh is used when you have received a service (sometimes, whether you wanted the service or not) and the person feels as if they deserve a tip. Tipping is very much mandatory in Egypt and many countries in the region. The most unfortunate thing about baksheesh is that once you have given in and handed money over to the person asking they will proceed to ask for more … I don’t know of an easy way to win this battle; though, you could do what a lady I was traveling with did, cry! Yup, full-fledged sobbing tears of frustration and anger. That’s about the only way I know or have seen work in this case.

We, personally, have run into issues where we’ve stressed to a person we don’t need them and will not be tipping them; yet, they still seemed to tag along and ended up really upset when we would not tip (until eventually we gave in).

Some fellow bloggers of mine at Egyptian Sidekick (a tour company and bloggers within Egypt) can tell you exactly why Baksheesh is Bad, as well as some great points for your future adventures through Egypt!


Have you ever encountered any of these or other phrases while traveling throughout Egypt?

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Danger, should you let it hold you back? Part 2

**Disclaimer: Life, Love and Adventure & fellow collaborators are in no way recommending anyone to participate in potentially dangerous activities; as well, we in no way are responsible if injuries may occur during said activities. — Please evaluate your own physical capabilities before taking on a tasking or potentially dangerous activities.


In ‘Danger, should you let it hold you back? Part 1‘ we adventured through one of the most dangerous hikes, the Kalalau Trail, in Hawaii and then down the Carretera de la muerte (Death Road) in Bolivia. We bungee jumped in Cancun, Mexico, climbed up Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah and experienced a traumatizing bike ride through Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam!

This time we hear of more potentially dangerous adventures, ranging from surviving an avalanche on Mt. Everest to getting robbed in Africa .. and more!, around the world from fellow travel bloggers who have experienced fear, uncertainty and danger first hand!


Alejandro || Mi Viaje por el Mundo‘s experience

Hiking Mt. Everest, during a Devastating Snowstorm

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The danger about it is not in the road itself, it’s in the Himalayas Region

When I was planning my trip around Asia I was looking for all kinds of adventures and challenges. I was talking with my work colleagues about my plan and one of them told me, “You should do the Everest Base Camp Trek.” I got intrigued by it, so I start planning with the idea of doing it.

All the things I read about it online said it was really doable for any person and it’s an easy walk all the way to the Base Camp … and it is, however the danger about it is not in the road itself, it’s in the Himalayas Region.

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Danger, should you let it hold you back? PART 1

**Disclaimer: Life, Love and Adventure & fellow collaborators are in no way recommending anyone to participate in potentially dangerous activities; as well, we in no way are responsible if injuries may occur during said activities. — Please evaluate your own physical capabilities before taking on a tasking or potentially dangerous activities.

Have you ever looked danger in the eyes and said, “&^%$# it! I’m going to do this, even if it’s potentially dangerous and might scare me to death ?

I certainly have … I can’t say I regret a moment of it .. but I also can’t say I’d sign myself up for some adventures again, haha! Sometimes activities are given the title ‘dangerous’ because there is the potential hazard of injury but it’s not always the case especially if you are aware, use common sense and abide by the rules set in place.

Here are some potentially dangerous activities/places around the world that myself and fellow travel bloggers have experienced and completed safely.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T. S. Eliot


Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

The Kalalau Trail, located along the Na Pali Coastl on Hawaii’s island of Kauai, has been named one of the most dangerous hiking trail in the world. It is 11 miles long each way and typically takes a day to hike in and a day to hike out. There have been several known casualties and injuries along this hike; though, most are caused by disregarding signs or overconfidence when faced with a spot on the trail that is very hazardous and unpredictable. The most common fatality is drowning, over 100 lives have been lost swimming at the remote beaches along the hike because the currents are extremely unpredictable.

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, Hiking, Dangerous

Be sure to obey each and every park sign you may pass, they are there for a reason!

During this hike there are three streams that must be crossed in order to advance further along the hike. These three streams can, and have been known to, Continue reading

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Backyard Travel | Ancient Forest, British Columbia, Canada.

Ancient Forest, Prince George, British Coumbia

The Ancient Forest is now equipped with a wheel chair accessible boardwalk that offers gorgeous views of the forest.

In the works of becoming the next UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The Ancient Forest is located on Highway 16 about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Prince George, British Columbia. The Ancient Forest is a wet belt forest located in Northern BC. The most questionable thing about the forest, you will wonder the same thing if you live in this region, is how does it survive the super-hot, dry summers and long, snowy, freezing winters? It makes no sense to me! The forests are now being studied by students at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). They answered this question for us,

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Backyard Travel | Forests For The World, Prince George, British Columbia

The Backyard Travel series is meant to showcase the beauty within Northern British Columbia. It would be a shame if I didn’t recognize Forests for the World, a demonstration forest located within the city of Prince George. There are a variety of trail routes within the park, some of which are wheelchair accessible. (Ps, the trail route to Shane lake IS wheelchair accessible!)

Forests For the World, Prince George, British Columbia, Tourism PG, Shane Lake

Photo Courtesy of Tourism PG

Forests for the World is located upon Continue reading

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Solo Traveling: Important Questions To Consider

Solo travel is guaranteed to be one of the most influential things you will ever do. Not only does it offer you complete freedom to travel when and wherever you choose; but, also invaluable confidence and life skills. However, before you embark on a solo adventure, there’s a few questions you might want to ask yourself…

Image by R. Mitra, used under Creative Commons license.

Image by R. Mitra, used under Creative Commons license.

Should I Go Completely Alone or Join a Tour?

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The Tortured Past of Coyotepe Fortress

Coyotepe Fortress has a tortured past. It isn’t noticeable when you first arrive but once you’re inside and walking through the depths of the dungeons where many political prisoners were held and tortured… Coyotepe’s ghosts will haunt you.

Coyotepe Fortress, Masaya, Nicaragua, Granada, Torture, Prison, Political Prisoners

If only walls could speak…

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Petra, at night. 

The Ancient Rose City, Petra

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Rock Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Rock Bridges naturally formed out of granite and sandstone in the Wadi Rum desert.

Rock Bridges naturally formed out of granite and sandstone in the Wadi Rum desert.

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Backyard Travel | Embracing The Adventures Within Reach

Northern British Columbia, Canada

is an absolutely beautiful place. It doesn’t get as much credit as it truly deserves.

Devils Club, Prince George, Maple, Forest

As gorgeous as these maple looking leaves are, beware, this is Devils Club. It’s not to be messed with!

When British Columbia is mentioned in a conversation typically you think, “Ah, yes, Vancouver!” … I say, uh, no, Continue reading

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