A couple of months ago, I went on an unplanned and unexpected trip to Egypt as a wedding guest in a village there. At first, I hesitated, but then I thought, “Hell, this is a once in a lifetime experience. How many people can actually say that they’ve been invited to a WEDDING in EGYPT? How many non-Egyptian people have used those 2 words in the same sentence”? – And just like that, all my hesitation and second thoughts magically disappeared.
But the most special experience in Egypt that I lived though was actually away from the touristic attractions and major cities, in a village near Mansoura, where the wedding took place. There, I was fortunate enough to experience a local’s perspective of real, everyday life in Egypt. The preparations and pre-celebrations that took place, including the actual wedding, and document it all with my camera (preparing a YouTube video – stay tuned).
It was shocking, eye-opening and utterly changed me. I still haven’t stopped thinking about it and I have been back for 2 months now.
Side note: Things like Wi-Fi, dishwashers, TVs, shower cabins and elevators in the building should not be taken for granted, no-no. BUT!! Happiness without them, strong family values, respect, generosity and unconditional love are some of the things they hold close to their hearts and, if you ask me, those are way more important than Wi-Fi. We need to read books on self-improvement and inspirational quotes to remind us how to be PEOPLE while it only takes a trip to Egypt to see how it’s done naturally on a daily basis.
I’m forever thankful to them for teaching me this important lesson: you don’t need much to be happy and that I should be thankful every single day for my luxurious western life.
And because it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words: here is what real life in Egypt is like, as captured by hubby and I.