As we had never been to the place before and we didn’ t know the language there, we reserved our seats in the travel agency. The date was fixed on a fine summer day, our airplane headed towards Egypt and we sat together with a lot of expectation – the thrill of exploring a new land was very high in our minds. As our expectation was very high, we are actually a bit disappointed to see the dry areas from the airplane, as compared to the beautiful scenery on the boat in our trip to Bodrum.
But after we landed the great nation, each experience on the first day was marvelous- the confusion at the airport as our guides didn’ t turn up on time, having the typical Arabian food, hiring the hotel cab to go around the city, visiting the night club street called Cleopatra, and visiting the glorious pyramid Sphinx (which captivated us by its architectural designs and dark underground passages). Thus as suggested by John Hunter, “ The pyramids were remarkable even with the high expectations I held for them. ” (John Hunter, 1996-2006).
The next day we visited the city of Alexandria, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. We could get the view of the sea as well as the view of the endless desert from there. On the fifth and last day, we visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities that holds over 25,0000 objects of art dating as far as 5000 years. The most intriguing site we visited was the Old Khan El Khalili Market established around 1400 because we understood how we were tricked by the Egyptian merchants on the first day, as we could buy the same things at a much cheaper rate with the help of guides.
After the trip, I felt that something was lacking in Egypt- namely natural landscape. The whole place looked lifeless without the elements of nature. The trip reinforced in me the belief that Bodrum was much more important to me as it has become part of my life. I knew that it was Bodrum which I longed even when I was in Egypt and Egypt was no Bodrum.
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