A stroll by the Nile River: Why Travel makes you more human

As my days in Egypt were nearing, I could feel the long awaited departure. I will finally be able to come back and tell my love ones how beautiful Egypt is. However, I felt a sudden sadness.

Graffiti of a kid that died in the Egyptian revolution taken by hugo Morel

Reality hit me like a car going 80 mph hitting a brick wall. I would be leaving behind a country, I felt so spirituality connected to! I grew so much as a person here. Got over my negative views of muslims and became a more empathetic human being.

Two kids playing by the Nile River taken by Hugo Morel

Decided to walk by the Nile River to get my mind off things. Needed some me time. Had to reflect on all of my personal growth. Learning about the Islamic culture made me feel more human. For once, I didn’t feel like a robot. A robot that has been programmed to fear the different and unknown.

Another view of the Nile River Taken by hugo Morel

Walked up a few stairs to get a better view. I wanted to really absorb the moment. People were laughing and having fun. Enjoying what little they had, the benefits of living a simple life. A life away from the big cities in the USA. Where people complain about simple issues. Like, the Air conditioning is not working or someone on the internet doesn’t agree with them. We are so lost in capitalistic gains, we forget how lucky we are compared to the world.

Sunset by the Nile taken by Hugo Morel

As the sun was setting, I walked back down the stairs to be back, where the people were being people. If you ever went people watching, you will understand that last sentence. The sounds and the energies of moment were priceless.

Nile river with Cairo tower in the background taken by Hugo Morel

For the first time in a long time, I felt at peace. It was a feeling of being happy because I’m experiencing life to the fullest. Im not just some program who can’t think outside of the box. I am a traveler who has his own opinions. Opinions that are not formed by the media biases; but, through my life experiences. This is what means to be human. To be unique, not follow the crowd and to have empathy towards those who are different to you. Took me a flight halfway across the world to learn that.

Sunset Taken by Hugo Morel

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that you are seeing in person, the place you read in history books. Funny how someone who never got good grades in history class, gets to experience the locations in person. Life is truly amazing.

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62 thoughts on “A stroll by the Nile River: Why Travel makes you more human

  1. Great post! As a foreigner who was born and brought up in the Middle East, I have always been amazed by how much we can grow when we set aside our biases and embrace people for who they are and not who we think they are.

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  2. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of Egypt! In my mind the river Nile is always that of ancient civilization. It was a little staggering to see buildings in the picture – I mean obviously there will be buildings! Egypt is definitely a place I would love to experience in person.

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    1. Haha yeah, i thought the same. The river is literally the center of Cairo! I was surprised at how much modern buildings are near it. Which makes since we are living in modern times and humans need a water source to build cities


    1. Thank you! I actually made a post about that. I went because my ex girlfriend dumped me. I was goinig to visit her family. However, life had a funny way of saying no. So i went bt myself on 9/11


  3. Really awesome post! Loved hearing your personal reflection on life through seeing life in another setting! Had some similar experiences on some mission trips to Rwanda that opened up my eyes to see the world in a more pure way! Being one who is seeking to travel more especially after seeing these beautiful pics of Egypt, the info you give on how to make traveling more possible is extremely helpful! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. That’s awesome! Been wanting to go to new zealand….honestly that flight timw scares me lol. I would recommend visiting Egypt with all my heart. It is the most beautiful country i been to on a more historical sense


  4. Loved this one! I was actually skimming through your articles hoping to find one about Egypt. And thank you for every word you wrote. I remember when I first travelled to Russia and got to make friends, everyone there almost got stunned as they knew I was a Muslim Egyptian. I heard all sorts of stereotypical questions about Egypt, the Middle East, Islam.. “why are you not wearing a head scarf?”, “ why are you skinny?!”, “you speak English very well, where did you learn that?” It even got too funny when a college colleague of mine found out I was Egyptian and asked “do you have fridges in your flats?”. Some were afraid to befriend me in the first place. But as they got to see me acting just as normally as everyone else, they started to warm up. Stereotypes. Russia is a great country and the people there are really friendly and helpful when they get to know you. It’s sad, but I can understand how one may think or feel when they never try to scratch the surface and look beneath it.

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    1. No problem 🙂 wrote a lot about Egypt. I truly love that country. Spent more than 3 months speaking about it on this blog and have a few more posts about it 😆 head scarf and apparently no fridges in Egypt 😆 glad they warmed up to you. Your country is so lovely. Almost moved there lol. Yeah stereotypes are bad. What i think of russia is the violence towards minorities. However, your comment makes me think twice in going there

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      1. Yes mosquitoes are an issue in the peak summer months(April-June) and during the moisture laden months of the monsoon(July -September) , but there aren’t any during the winter months between end Oct-Feb. and besides this is the best time of the year to see any part of India as the weather is just super.

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      2. October to February, I will keep that in mind. I love the food and music. Im sure i will have such a blast over there! Do you have any suggestions or tips on food? Heard a few people getting sick from the food

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