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Monday, 21 September 2015

A Bedouin Experience in the Egyptian Desert

Karl and I are most definitely adventurers when we go away. We like to see and do as many things as we possibly can and to experience the country we go to; sitting around a pool for seven days straight is not our cup of tea. So when we were in Egypt we squeezed a few excursions and activities in, the first of which was the Bedouin experience.

We were picked up from our hotel at 3pm and drove to the desert just outside of Sharm el Sheikh where we were greeted by the Bedouin people who live in a small village in the desert. They gave us all the traditional scarves that they wear to protect their heads from the blistering heat (and with the temperature being 42 degrees we definitely needed them!) and showed us how to wear them properly and we were taken to their square via camel, which is their only way of getting around in the desert.

When we arrived, we learned about the practices of Islam along with how the Bedouin people live while they brought around some of their traditional Bedouin tea (which was absolutely delicious btw, we even brought some to bring home!) I love anything like this - I think it's so amazing to learn about, experience and appreciate different cultures, particularly ones which are so different from our own here in the UK. 

We headed over to their fire pit in the centre of the square where they showed us how they make their own bread on the hot rocks which is made simply out of water, flour and a little bit of salt. As the sun set, they prepared a traditional Bedouin dinner for us which was absolutely amazing and was all completely fresh with probably the best rice I have ever tasted in my life. (sitting here wishing I asked them how they cooked it) 

We watched the sun set over the beautiful mountains and once it was fully down and the stars were out, the astronomer showed us all of the different constelations in the sky. If you think the sky is beautiful on a night in the middle of the city or in the countryside it is absolutely nothing compared to how this sky looked in the desert - I don't think I've ever been as mesmerised in my life. We saw shooting stars before looking through the telescope at Saturn and it's rings - wow! 

An amazing evening was finished off with a dancing show involving fire breathing and belly dancing before we headed back to our hotel at 9pm. This was honestly a fantastic evening and we absolutely loved getting a glimpse into a different culture as well as properly experiencing it with them. This excursion cost £32 each and it was completely worth it for how much we experienced - if you're going to Sharm any time soon I would definitely recommend this! We booked through Sharm Excursions here.

Stay tuned for posts about scuba diving and Cairo!

Amy x

p.s. Also give my vlog a watch to see more about the Bedouin experience so you can really get a feel of what it was like! 

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  1. Wow, this looks like such an enriching experience! I'm not a fan of beach/pool holidays either when that's the only activity done, I much prefer exploring! :)

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  2. These photos are amazing! What an incredible experience, I'd absolutely do this one day, thanks for the inspiration!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  3. Oh wow, I need to visit Egypt one day. Really enjoyed reading this post.x

  4. This looks incredible! Totally get what you mean about experiencing local cultures, so jel of that sunset too.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

  5. WOW! I've always wanted to experience an adventure like that! The culture in egypt must be amazing, + how cool is it to watch shooting stars and see saturn rings in the dessert!
    TOO COOL <3

    x Carina | Running White Horses || YouTube


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