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How To Make A Relatively Unromantic Location Such As Luxor, Egypt Incredibly Romantic

June 6th, 2007 · 7 Comments

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Even before our trip, I was leery of Luxor. From the stories I’d heard, it was a place where tourists were hassled from sunup to sundown about everything from felucca and horse drawn carriage rides to souvenirs and restaurant options to your run-of-the-mill catcalls and masculine posturing.

Being a conflict-free kind of person, I wasn’t so sure how I’d handle it all. Luckily, our itinerary worked out so that we wouldn’t hit Luxor until halfway through our trip, giving me plenty of time to acclimate to the famed Egyptian pestering I’d been reading about on message boards.

Now to be fair, people are only doing these things because it’s tough living in Egypt and tourists are typically highly visible and money-laden. You can’t fault someone for trying to make money to better their own lot. But you also can’t fault someone else for not liking it.

After 2 weeks in Egypt, pleasantly surprised by the lack of stress overall, I had allowed myself to be lulled into a false sense of security. So when we finally did arrive, Luxor came as a great shock to my system and lived up to my expectation as being the Hassle Capital of the Middle East.

This was the only place where ‘no’ was rarely taken as the first, second or third answer. One after another, people attached themselves to us and would not leave our sides until we were forced to be rude or cross to the other side of the street (itself not an easy task in Egypt).

If it weren’t for all the exceptional archeological sites dotting Luxor’s landscape I would be compelled to give it a pass. But then again, if it weren’t for all the exceptional archeological sites, I suppose touts would give it a pass as well.

Travel Boyfriend and I had five nights booked at the Jolie Ville Movenpick Luxor Resort on Crocodile Island. This was on top of the extra day and night we spent docked in Luxor aboard our Nile River cruise.

Ugh, that meant the most time in the city I was looking forward to staying in the least. But Travel Boyfriend did something that actually managed to propel Luxor up to the top of my Most Romantic Cities list: he asked me to marry him!

And that’s how I discovered that one of the best ways for a less-than-ideal destination to take on the sweet kind of cherish-for-a-lifetime memories is to create your own.

(Before you ask, no, we won’t be honeymooning in Luxor! Any other suggestions?!)

Always trying to make life complicated for myself and loved ones, Travel Boyfriend (henceforth known in this blog as Travel Boyfriend–yes, even AFTER the wedding!) knew that I did not want to support the diamond industry and therefore did not want an overpriced, socially irresponsible engagement ring. These are actually the fake rings we bought before our trip from Kohl’s, just in case we were ever hassled for not being married. Even though many people inquired about our marital status, we didn’t feel a need to break them out until the night of our engagement.

Btw, speak up in the comments section if you know of a reputable jeweler who creates socially responsible engagement rings.

Tags: Egypt

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  • 7 responses so far ↓

    • 1 ClearlyEnlight // Jun 8, 2007 at 8:26 am

      Congratulations!

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Jun 11, 2007 at 10:30 am

      Thanks, CE!

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    • 3 curryegg // Jun 12, 2007 at 5:19 am

      Hey! This is the good news! Congratulation to you too.
      It’s ok if it’s fake as long as the heart is sincere.
      Wish you guys have a nice trip and happy togather…
      :D

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    • 4 Travel Betty // Jun 12, 2007 at 10:19 am

      Thanks, Curryegg! We’re excited. And don’t worry, we won’t actually wear the fake rings for the wedding :)

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    • 5 Greg Mills // Jun 14, 2007 at 8:58 pm

      Dude, wtf?

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    • 6 Travel Betty // Jun 15, 2007 at 9:47 am

      I’ll take that as a compliment, Greg. Good to see you on my new blog!

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    • 7 Greg Mills // Jun 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, it was a expression of joy. Congrats, you bastard

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