I know it’s a little early for most people, but I’ve been thinking about my summer vacation for quite a while now. I mean, I get two months off, being a teacher and all (and just so you know, I do NOT get paid during that time, so there!). I can’t just sit around the house, eating bonbons and watching that horrible daytime TV. No, that would drive me insane. I must GO somewhere.
So I am. And DD is coming with me. And as of this week, the whole damn thing is finally paid for, except for spending money. This has taken some foresight and planning, believe me. This is because of where we are going. We are going to –
This has been a long-cherished dream of mine, and it is now actually going to happen. The only downside is that we’re going in July, so it might be a bit warm. However, we survived Greece and Istanbul last summer, so I’m sure we’ll handle Egypt fairly well. We know how to do it.
Oh, and the other downside is that we are going on a tour. I. Don’t. Like. Tours. I don’t like being forced to spend all my waking hours with the same people for however long (two weeks, in this case), being herded here and there, having to eat in “approved” tourist trap restaurants, being dragged into this or that shop because the tour guide gets a cut of whatever we spend there. I hate having to be a good sport – a “team player” – all the time, too.
However (and this is a big one), Egypt’s tourist infrastructure is not exactly well-developed. It can be difficult to get from Point A to Point B, particularly if you’re a non-Muslim woman from the West who doesn’t speak Arabic or understand the whole tipping (baksheesh) thing. Or if you’re two of those women. After a fair bit of research, I came to the conclusion that for DD and I, a tour would be the best option. And I even found a tour company that caters to smaller groups (the maximum size is 15 people), doesn’t cost an arm and a leg because the accommodation is NOT North American style 5-star, and most importantly, allows a lot of free time.
Sounds like a win-win situation to me, so I booked us in. I’m so excited!
Do you have any summer plans yet? I do! Did I mention that I’m going to Egypt?!?