Hi There! 😍
Welcome to the 1st post of July! Can you believe we’re mid-way through 2017?! Wow! Time is ticking & the days are passing by, faster than I gobble up my french fries! Tip: Make the most of each day & try to do something productive everyday! 😉
Today I present to you a more-than-fab collab with Sareena from TheAllOfItBlog! Please do check out her blog – she’s brilliant and her blog is wonderful! 👍
This collab is a one-of-a-kind! As you’ve probably read the Blog Post Title – I’m sure you’re wondering what exactly does it mean! Me and Sareena decided to do a collab where we celebrate our different nationalities. Our collab is all about the various misconceptions that float around our own countries! I’m doing the Egyptian Version (’cause I’m Egyptian) And She’s doing the British Version (’cause she’s British)! (that sounded so lame, right?) #obvious Anyway, I think this intro is getting way too long & wordy for my taste! So Let’s Start! *rubs hands together excitedly*
Expectation: The second I say Egypt or Cairo…everyone immediately starts imagining the Pyramids & think that we live in the deserts or just something in the lines of this:-
Reality: I think that’s okay tbh – I’m used to it. Of course, our pyramids is one of the best tourist attractions we have & it is 1 of the Seven Wonders Of The World but you’ve got to know that Cairo/Egypt is more than just the pyramids. There are many things to do in Egypt, rather than just visiting the Pyramids. We have Bazaars, Beaches, The River Nile, Malls, Endless Streets Full Of Shops & Restaurants & Entertainment! Plus there’s our exquisite culture to soak in! Yes, it’s true that around 80% of Egypt is sand & deserts, but we live in that other 20% #math #skills Besides, our streets look nothing like the deserts – they look more like this:-
Expectation: Egyptians can only speak Arabic + Egyptians can speak/write hieroglyphics.
Reality: So. Not. True. First of all, LOADS of Egyptians can fluently speak English, French, German, Spanish, Italian….whatever the language, along with Arabic. The second point that needs serious clearing…is that we do not speak to each other or write in hieroglyphics. That was only in Ancient Egypt – like a long long looooonnng time ago.
Expectation: Our transportation involves Camels.
Reality: Umm – sorry to disappoint you but….No. We’re normal Humans & we’re quite advanced enough to use normal cars, motorcycles, buses and metros. *sorry for the slight sarcastic tone to my voice* Again, that only happened during the really Ancient Times. Of course, if you’re at the Pyranids or a desert, Camels are the main transportation method. I repeat – we do not ride Camels! 🐪
Expectation: Here in Egypt, we have no idea about what is going on in the rest of the world. In other words, we’re clueless.
Reality: I wonder why some people tend to think so. We have Internet Access, We have TV’s, We have Technology…..so why do people think so? #dunno We aren’t only limited to what’s happening within our boundaries – I don’t think anyone anywhere is. For e.g. you might be living in the UK, but you’ve watched the….Victoria Secret Fashion Show (which FYI was in Paris) & know all about it! Or you live in Dubai, but you’ve watched/know about Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Concert! It’s the same with Egypt, believe me it is. Whether we’re talking about TV shows (yes we have Disney Channel, VH1, MTV, FOX, and Fashion TV – no worries) or whether we’re talking about movies, or events taking place anywhere. All it needs is good ‘ol internet access & we’re all set! *facepalm* (I forgot to pay the WiFi fee for this month)
Expectation: We wear Bedouin/Arabian clothes.
Reality: Trust me. I can tell you that this is 100% rumors. We buy clothes from worldwide shops in malls. Don’t believe me? Do you think *takes deep breath* “Zara, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Bershka, H&M, Debenhams, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Guess, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Nike, Adidas, LC Waikiki, Hamleys, Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Topshop, Mango,….” applies to the terms “arabian clothes”? I think not. I could go on till tomorrow, with the list of (awesome) shops we have here, but I think that’s enough for now! Sadly though, there are a few shops & brands that we don’t have, like C&A or Sephora…but I can live. *sigh* So, as you can see, the majority in Egypt like to wear jeans, T-Shirts, jumpsuits, dresses, tops with your choice of Nike Airs, Adidas Superstars, or the Classic Converse (it’s hard to choose between those shoes, right – which is your fav?)
Reality: *shaking head furiously* Not really. A few can, and lots of us can’t, and some fall in-between. But seriously, not all our dancing involves the oriental/belly dancing style. It depends on the music you’re listening to. I know for a fact that I like listening to English music, so I tend to like normal international dancing rather than the Arabian style.
Expectation: Egyptians only eat Oriental food.
Reality: EX-cuse Me?! Who invents this stuff? Yes, we have a different variety of Orinetal food that we do like to eat (e.g. Molokheya, Koshari, Basbousa, Falafel, Fattah, etc. – that’s how we say them in Arabic btw), but our diets are definitely not limited to these. Along with our local favourites, we also eat pastas,pizzas, french fries, risottos, burgers, steaks, Caesar salads, brownies, tarts, croissants, KitKats (I had to mention them) and…OK you get the picture now. *stomach rumbles & grumbles* #hungry
That brings you to the end of this lovely post! I hope I’ve set straight all the misconceptions people had about Egypt!
Please note that I’ve been talking about me & others in Egypt who are in the same class/standard. What I mean to say is that there are many living standards in Egypt (duh – like any Country), and that there are poor people out there that exist, who only talk arabic, have no internet, and who wear arabian styled clothes. I felt like I had to say this, just to make sure that everyone understands! 😊
Don’t forget to check out Sareena’s post where she’ll be talking about the misconceptions people have about the Brits!
Hope you had fun reading this! Did you enjoy the post? Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments below! 😉
Thanks For Reading! ❤️