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 Special)
reader reports another point of view...
her travels, the following is part of a report
sent to us from Elizabeth Eaves, a Journeywoman
based in Seattle,Washington.
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.
with girlfriends -- a good thing in Egypt
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 you.
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.
Eaves, Seattle, Washington, USA)
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
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