They were nearly always covered in so much clothing that the body underneath was a complete mystery.
Sometimes you couldn’t even see their faces because they would wear the traditional black Hijabs that show only the eyes.
As I walked through the streets of Egypt, the women I saw were a disappointment.
Still, I was happy and super attracted to this girl. One of the men said something to me in Arabic and she had to tell him off, another guy started to get in my face and tried to speak broken English with me, I just stared at him without responding and he walked off. Zamalek is one of the nicer neighborhoods in Cairo and by far the most international. The date went well and ended with us smoking Shisha in a tourist area of the city.
The strangest thing about this tourist area was that nearly all the tourists were Middle Eastern, I only saw one other white tourist the entire night in the area.
The room had 4 beds, but they had no problems renting me the entire room.
It was a hint that the tourist industry was just a ghost of what it had been before the coup a few years prior.
She met me outside of my hostel and I was very happy to see she looked just like her photos.
My inner historian was happy because this girl looked just like Cleopatra.
This information made me end up flaking on two other girls I was going to meet. Seeing the pyramids on the back of a camel was, quite possibly, my most powerful travel experience (and I have done nothing but travel the world for the last 6 years). Then, there was everything else the camel, the dessert around me… I teased her about trying to seduce me by taking me to the most romantic spot in the city.
Then, as we watched the lights of one of the top 10 biggest cities in the world, I kissed her for the first time. The food tasted great, not because it was actually great, but because the only food around where I was staying was either fast food or Egyptian food; and in those foods vegetables, or anything healthy, was nowhere to be found. We were in the backstreets, walking around the embassies.
As a guy who considers himself a budget traveler, it was great. I said goodbye to her, but I didn’t go for the kiss.