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Alexandria, As Soyouf Qebli (Include Izbat Derbanah), Qism El-Montaza, Alexandria

As Soyouf Qebli (Include Izbat Derbanah), Qism El-Montaza, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
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Welcome to Egypt! Alexandria  Egypt

Welcome to Egypt!

Recently I was invited to speak about travel blogging and photography at a tourism conference in Cairo, Egypt, and our hosts took us to Alexandria for a visit. Having been before I knew of a local street market just near the catacombs and ventured off for some street photography while others in the group stayed with our guide. Everywhere I walked I would hear people say, "Welcome to Egypt! Where you from?" They'd invite me into their homes and shops for tea or a piece of the local bread, or they'd bring their children over to pose for a photo. Despite the horrible news that had been headlining the press about the revolution at this time (December 2011) - any many suggestions from family and friends that I decline the invitation until things settled down - the Egyptian people couldn't have been more inviting. At one point a car drove right along side me, stopped and the driver said it again, "Welcome to Egypt!" His friend, here on the left, was looking down, but just when he looked up and gave me this huge smile, I was able to capture my favorite moment from the whole trip. The look on his face said it all...I, and any other persons visiting this rich country, was more than welcome in Egypt.