On public beaches there
are few foreign tourists, and almost all Egyptian women swim in
their clothes. On private beaches, youll feel far less self-conscious
as youll be amongst other women (both Egyptian and tourists)
who will be wearing swimming gear.
(Natania Jansz, Miranda Davies, More Women Travel, Rough Guide
reader reports another point of view...
Based on her travels, the
following is part of a report sent to us from Elizabeth Eaves,
a Journeywoman based in Seattle,Washington.
Make no mistake, you will
be cat-called, whistled at, proposed to and, occasionally pinched.
This is particularly true in big cities and in crowded, developing
countries like Egypt and Indonesia. It can certainly be annoying.
I find the best policy for dealing with the constant verbal barrage
is simply to ignore it. In nearly all cases, it presents no physical
threat. It helps to dress conservatively, and in ultra-orthodox
countries like Yemen and Pakistan, I often felt more comfortable
covering my hair as well. If you are actually touched, immediately
turn around and shout at the offender, in the local language if
you know any -- it helps to learn a few good insults. This will
attract unwanted attention to your harasser, and most likely cause
him to scuttle away in embarrassment.
girlfriends -- a good thing in Egypt
Why? Because in Egypt while
a male travelling partner can be lovely, it will also shield you
from the very culture you are visiting. In Muslim countries. Its
a guy kind of thing... Hawkers, taxi drivers and friendly strangers
will prefer to speak to him, answering your friend even if you
have directly asked a question. However, with a female travelling
partner, strangers are forced to speak to one or the other of
Secondly, your western guy
can only ever see one half of Muslim culture - - the male half.
It is very rare for a Muslim woman to address a strange foreign
man, and no self-respecting Muslim man is going to invite a male
stranger home to meet his wife and female relatives. With a female
friend, you will have far more invitations into peoples
homes, and be able to spend time with whole families together.
(Source: Elizabeth Eaves, Seattle, Washington, USA)
Ed. note: If you are travelling
in this country with a male friend and youre booking hotels,
etc, please remember to refer to him as your husband or you will
not be considered a respectable woman.
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