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I'm going to Egypt with my young family in December 2009, can anyone recommend any unusual things to do that you won't find in a guidebook?

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    Well, far and away my favourite experience in Egypt was the three days we spent camping in the White Desert. Sure, you can go diving in Doha, float down the Nile on a felucca (which is a fantastically luxurious way to wile away time btw) and check out the Valley of the Kings (also another great highlight), but I'm sure all the guidebooks recommend these. However the White Desert is a bit out of the way, and totally unlike anywhere else I've been. It is a truly spectacular place; grabbing my sleeping mat and bag and wandering amongst the limestone sculptures to find a suitable bed to watch the sunrise from is a memory I'll always cherish. When I go back to Egypt I am definitely going back there. It can also be quite amusing when windy: toilet paper is supposed to be burned and not buried, and on one particularly windy evening the sight of unplanned 'Catherine wheels' flying across the sandy desert floor greatly amused me at least! about 9 years ago

    Answered by richard maddock richard maddock via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    you can climb the pyramids!

    watch out for the guards with mission guns, and prepare for the laser light show, scared the shit out of us half way up!

    I also enjoyed climbing to the top of Mount Sinai where Moses gave his commandments! about 9 years ago

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    I thought you weren't allowed to climb them?? When I went there were certainly quite a few signs stating as much, and a few serious looking chaps with guns making sure you obeyed the signs. about 9 years ago

    Answered by richard maddock richard maddock via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I would be really interested to visit places where the "rubbish people" live. The "rubbish people" are Christians in Egypt who are basically so descriminated against that they are forced to live in slum-like areas of the city and the only way they can afford to live is to gather and sort all of Cairos garbage for recycling and to find things to sell. Its really sad but it would be very interesting to visit the areas and see how they live. You can watch a documentary on them here:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1270236445080122792

    I havent been to Cairo and dont know how safe these areas are, though I think they might be reasonably safe. Also Id imagie they might be hard to find. If you go though let me know what its like, im really interested in the topic.

    Cheers,
    Russell about 9 years ago

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    rubbish people?......my friend Russell Christians in Egypt are richer than Muslims, the only reason why some Christians are voluntarily living there because they grow pigs and they use garbage to feed them!

    Visit the old Islamic cairo....and see how people are living there almost 6 years ago

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    A Desert Safari is awesome for 5 days in Egypt... also I'd recommend a Dahabiya Nile Cruise from Esna (After Luxor) to Aswan. Those are my top favorites because it makes you mingle most with the original locals like Bedouins (Desert) and Nubians (Aswan) while enjoy a taste and feel of new lifestyle - a great chance for p;hotography as well, we wrote about it here http://egyptolution.com/post/dahabiya-nile-cruise-on-amoura/106 almost 6 years ago

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