Into Africa

Posted by on Mar 26, 2007 in Egypt, Ethiopia | 5 Comments

This morning I casually walked into the Egypt Air office and bought a one-way ticket from Cairo to Addis Ababa. Who buys a one-way ticket to Ethiopia, let alone only four days in advance? Huh, me, I guess.


  1. ali
    March 26, 2007

    You go, travel girl! So…spur of the (four day) moment.

  2. lamesha
    March 27, 2007

    why doesn’ anyone acknowledge egypt as being part of africa? it’s very interesting since it’s on the african continent. but anyway, just started reading your blog and love it. have fun in ethiopia.

  3. Megan
    March 28, 2007

    I usually call Egypt Africa but so many people, especially in the travel industry don’t include it that I’ve started seperating it too. For instance, when asking about flight in Africa, Egypt is definately not included and when I try to correct people they say “well, ‘proper’ Africa.” Ceratinly the prices flying between Egypt and “proper” Africa reflect flying between two continents!

  4. Dennis
    March 30, 2007

    Most westerners do think of Egypt as Africa – however most Arabs don’t think of them as either Africans or Asians – they believe that they are autonomous from any geographic description preferring to think of themselves as part of a greater Pan-Arab culture – part of this goes back to the early days of Islam which, in its infancy was almost exclusively Arab and more recently the desire of various Arab “strongmen” to organize an overall Pan-Arab alliance – leaders such as Nasser in Egypt, Gadafi in Lybia, Hussain in Iraq and Assad in Syria – we as westerners would do well to learn Arab history – especially the scientific achievements the culture brought into existence several centuries ago – that would go a long way to helping us understand them and them, maybe respect us

  5. Megan
    April 10, 2007

    That’s true. Culturally it is very different from the rest of Africa and they don’t think of themselves as Africans as far as I’ve seen. However, when I was in the South some people would get mad if you called them Egyptian and would proclaim “I am Nubian!”