First time, or real adventures in Egypt
It was like a dream; joyful when you wait impatiently: how will it all end? But still I do not see the end of this adventure. About what happened, about what I have and I will tell you.
They say that children can really dream, they always know exactly who they want to become in the future, that they want to see where to go; and then … not everyone can follow their dreams. For the first time in my life, I went abroad in December 2013, to Egypt. I like it. In 2014, I visited Aruba, Curacao and Boneiro. I liked it even more. And then I realized that I do not want to sit in the office – I need the whole world.
I remembered (my mother told me, but for some reason it seems to me that I myself remembered this), as a child, when I looked at photographs from different countries in magazines, I said: “I will go here when I grow up. And here too. And I’ll visit here. … “
And the idea came to my mind (now it seems that she sat there forever, but it’s not), to cross the desert. Considering that I am more “northern” and do not like heat, this thought surprised me even. The idea was simple: caravan, under the scorching sun, go through the sands for several weeks. “I wonder what people are thinking at this time, riding a camel?” How difficult is it physically? And psychologically? ”
And I began to look for ways to translate this idea. I needed someone reliable, familiar with the desert, from whom (or through whom) I can rent camels, who will help prepare everything necessary for the expedition … Almost half a year of calls, letters, conversations, plans did not lead to anything – I’m such a person Have not found; desert crossing was delayed indefinitely.
A few months later, the desire to test myself in the desert returned, and I decided that I would do this tour no matter what. It turned out that my former classmate has been living in Egypt for several years, I contacted her. She directed me to her friend, who introduced me to her boyfriend. That guy had a friend with whom we immediately got along, and he gave me the contact of another person, Khalid, with whom we have been mutually beneficial for 3 years. It was through Khalid that access to everything necessary was opened: jeeps, camels, contacts with the authorities and the military, acquaintance with the sheikhs of many Bedouin tribes, a team providing training and escort of the caravan. I found the person I was looking for.
In just 2 months, we prepared not just a camel and sand tour, but a real adventure where every day is not like the other: a sea with snorkeling and fishing, huge canyons, chic dunes in the desert, hills and mountains, ancient places, temples and monasteries (Ancient Egyptian, lost in the desert, and Christian, described in the Bible), huge oases with thousands of palm trees and huge wells of icy water. Only 2 days were allocated for camels – from habit and these two days are more than enough: I was told: otherwise you will be damned by yourself and all your companions. The rest of the time we drove on ATVs and jeeps.
The tour was ready, but I couldn’t pay for it, so I decided to assemble a group. Three people agreed at once, but they had to try with the rest: I did not think that most of my friends did not like (to put it mildly) such a vacation. I agreed with the management of the company in which I was working then that I could send out an offer to take part in a tour of its customer base. So 10 people gathered.
That was my first experience of organizing a trip. 32 countries have already “passed” after him, but the feedback from people who have visited that tour, my own impressions of what I saw and experienced in the desert give me inspiration today. Someone (a specific woman) began to write a book, someone (a specific girl) understood what he wanted to do all his life and after the tour opened his own company; I myself realized that I would continue to travel. Barbados, I thought so. “I want to go to Barbados, on a yacht.” And after 4 months we went to the Caribbean, and there were already 32 participants, not counting the skippers and the escort team. But this is a completely different story.
Now we are doing only one group tour – the best of all I have experienced in all the time – through the desert. The rest is individual trips, mainly to Iceland, Morocco, India and Baikal. Each of these areas is dear to me, I can talk about each of them for hours; but it’s better to see 1 time (live, not on the screen) than hear a hundred times, right?