Being in Egypt during this revolution and change has been such a great experience and so eye-opening. Our hotel is located right off the Nile and only four blocks from Tahrir Square (where all the protests have been taking place over the past 10 months).

Last night we met up with two Egyptian college students, Ahmed and Masoub, and walked over to Pizza Hut…in Tahrir Square. The place was packed with people, at 10pm, and it felt pretty intense.

While we were eating, we asked Ahmed and Masoub to tell us about the revolution. They explained the revolution started after Tunisia’s revolution, protesting for freedom. They both said that the country feels very different now that the old regime is gone. Ahmed believes Egypt will move toward democracy, but like all revolutions, it will take time. Another thing that counters what most media presents, was when they told us that Muslims and Christians are closer than before. They’re very hopeful for their country and proud of what the youth have been doing.

Tomorrow, there is an organized demonstration in Tahrir Square, and they’re expecting at least a million people to participate. They’re protesting against violent counterattacks toward protesters. Pray for Egypt.

We have been learning so much about the situation, and I could go on and on about everything, but I’ll save it for another post.

 

Today, we went to the pyramids and then at night, we went to the Aswan Souk (marketplace). The place was huge with lots of people. We had our camera crew with us, which drew people in. When we told people we had the cameras so that we could go back to America to show people that Middle Easterners are normal people, they were all so excited!

One guy I talked with for a while continually said we are not bad people and we don’t want people to be afraid. They want people to visit Egypt- to experience the culture, to understand and know the people, and see their country.

Egyptians are extremely thankful people and always seem to be smiling. Many people live in poor conditions and are struggling to get by. My heart broke for the vendors on the street and the marketplace because tourism is way down because people are afraid to come here. But they all seem happy and have found a way to enjoy life in the present, living with a hope for the future.

I told the people I met tonight that I would tell all my friends to visit Egypt, and so I’ll just tell you now: Visit! The place has so much to offer and the people are great.

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