Saturday, February 6, 2010

Egypt (69) I left my heart in Egypt

Egypt (1) The Idea to go
Egypt (2) Incheon Airport
Egypt (3) Turkish Airlines
Egypt (4) Breakfast is served and it's raining
Egypt (5) Istanbul: Hello Turkey!
Egypt (6) Istanbul: City Tour begins
Egypt (7) Istanbul: Turkish Islamic Art Museum
Egypt (8) Istanbul: Blue Mosque
Egypt (9) Istanbul: Blue Mosque Beanie Drama
Egypt (10) Istanbul: Lunch
Egypt (11) Istanbul: Hagia Sophia
Egypt (12) Istanbul: Grand Bazaar
Egypt (13) Istanbul: Snow Storm
Egypt (14) Istanbul: Goodbye Turkey!
Egypt (15) Arriving in Cairo
Egypt (16) Meeting mum, breakfast and Dana
Egypt (17) Pyramids and Sphinx

Egypt (18) Perfume Factory
Egypt (19) Jeweler
Egypt (20) Mit Rahina Museum
Egypt (21) Step Pyramid
Egypt (22) Bumpy Car Ride
Egypt (23) Lunch & Shopping
Egypt (37) Mohammad, Airtime & Security Guy
Egypt (38) Dinner & Galabya Party
Egypt (39) Love Story - Photoshopped
Egypt (40) Temple of Horus, Edfu
Egypt (41) Sail to Luxor & Sundeck Shananigans
Egypt (42) Hello, Mr Sailor!
Egypt (43) Luxor TempleEgypt
Egypt (44) My Sundeck Proposal
Egypt (45) West Bank of Luxor & Colossi of Memnon
Egypt (46) Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Egypt (47) Alabaster Factory
Egypt (48) Valley of the Kings
Egypt (49) Avenue of Sphinx
Egypt (50) Falafel Lunch
Egypt (51) Karnak Temple
Egypt (52) Goodbye, Luxor!
Egypt (53) From Luxor to Cairo
Egypt (54) Mum's Last Night in Cairo
Egypt (55) Coptic Cairo
Eygpt (56) Khan el-Khalili Market
Egypt (57) Hotel Gift Shop
Egypt (58) QT with mum
Egypt (59) From airtime to jewelry
Egypt (60) Dinner with mum
Egypt (61) Mum leaves Egypt
Egypt (62) Downtown Cairo on Friday Night
Egypt (63) Goodbye, Cairo!
Egypt (64) Flight's delayed, it's a sign!
Egypt (65) From Cairo to Istanbul
Egypt (66) Transit in Turkey
Egypt (67) From Istanbul to Seoul
Egypt (68) Jet Lag Hits Hard

The next few days after arriving back from Egypt, I feel like I'm missing something. The country, the people, the hospitality, the food...!

Back at work, I've not seen some people for about a month. Suddenly, they feel very cold. I may have only spent a week in Egypt, but it was long enough to feel such warm hospitality from the locals and be embraced as we were.

I've grown up in an environment where people hug and kiss when greeting each other. This is a very big cultural difference I've experienced in Korea. No one does that. Everyone bows to one another when greeting. Affection is very rarely shown. I have only a few friends in Korea who hug when we meet. At times, I realize this is what I miss most about being away from home and people familiar to me.

For the first two days after arriving back, my heart was longing for Egypt and her people. It was the second holiday I've been on with my mother, and one of many holidays I've been on over the past three years. Hands down, it was the best.

I've never visited a country twice, but I can't wait to go back to Egypt. Mark my words - I will be back.

Egypt (70) Wrap Up / Update


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