Clothing and shoe suggestions for Egypt in October?

Aug 31st, 2006, 11:27 AM
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More Nile cruise clothing info - this is not a cruise like a regular cruise regarding clothing. I found absolutely no one cared what anyone else wore - comfort and appropriateness was the only thing important. People had different priorities (like seeing sites) than on usual cruises (and we have been on both).
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Aug 31st, 2006, 11:44 AM
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Good to know. I was starting to be concerned- I didn't really want to have to worry about taking dressier clothing in addition to the quandries I am already having with what to wear!
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Sep 13th, 2006, 03:21 PM
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I'll second the advice to skip the wine. The beer was fine. Re clothing on the cruises - no one was really dressed up, just comfortable.
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Sep 14th, 2006, 04:57 AM
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Thanks Conlet. Now I'm just trying to find lightweight long-sleeve shirts in September! Has anyone bought one of those quick-dry shirts from Columbia or Ex-Officio and found them especially beneficial?
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Sep 14th, 2006, 07:12 AM
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heymo,

You've gotten lots of good advice on Egypt, you'll love it. I haven't been to Hurghada yet, although I think I'm going there next weekend to scuba (I'll let you know how it is ;-). But anyways, anywhere on the Red Sea is beautiful.

I know everyone cautions you to not drink the water, and it's good advice, although, in reality, the water here is so heavily chlorinated that all of the bacteria is probably dead. That being said, if you want to be stomach-problem free, just use bottled water. What really gets people are the hidden sources, any salads and veggies, fresh fruits, but also fruit juices, especially those from non-peel fruits, like strawberries. I've done everything the guide books tell you not to do, and I've never had more than a mild tummy ache, but most people do get severer reactions than these. And you'll be here during Ramadan, so get ready for crazy nights and languid days! Actually, most establishments will not sell alcohol during Ramadan. There are a few die-hard expat bars that will, but you'll find alcohol a rarely consumed commodity.

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Sep 14th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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One more comment on cruise clothing. I took a nice dress, hoping to stretch out with a drink, a view of the Nile, lookign elegant. The reality was that our guide, who was excellent, kept us out late to make sure we saw and understood EVERYTHING. So every night we came in late, barely had time to wash the sand off our face and hands (no leisurely baths or even showers) and raced into the dining room before the food ran out. No one cared what we looked like, nor did we care about them. We were all just trying to take in everything we'd seen one day and prepare for the next.
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Sep 14th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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Hey Huladolphin -
since you're obviously living in Egypt....where do you live??? I lived in Maadi for 4 year and LOVED it!!! How long have you been in Egypt?
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Sep 14th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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Thanks Laura for the tips. Please do let me know about the diving in Hurghada, and what outfitter you go with. I've looked into one, Voodoo Divers, but our tour comapny also said they have a company they do business with as well. Also good to know about the alcohol, the reason I asked was from a post that talked about getting a bottle of wine and taking a felucca ride.

And speaking about the Nile cruise... I've read two posts about a costume party one night on the ship. Does anyone have any info on that? Is it just some lines, or is it a common practice? And if so, where can we get the costumes?
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Sep 14th, 2006, 12:24 PM
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I used the quick drying ex-officio pants on my trip & they were great. Easy to wash & always dry the next morning.

Laura, I'm interested in where you live, too. I've been in Maadi for the past 7 months. Yes, I stayed through the summer. I'm teaching English part time.
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Sep 14th, 2006, 12:25 PM
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Whoops! That was Huladolphin, where do you live now. mea culpa.
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Sep 14th, 2006, 04:05 PM
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Alright, GRcxx3 and sunshine007, my posts aren't exactly subtle ;-) I'm living in Zamalek right now, in a lovely flat with a view of the Nile. I'm studying intensive Arabic at the AUC, but I just joined the scuba team, hence the frequent trips to the Red Sea. Sunshine, if you want to meet sometime, here's the e-mail I check regularly [email protected]

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Sep 14th, 2006, 07:04 PM
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Sunshine and Hula.......Sorry I can't be there for a Cairo get-together! But think of me and let me know where you go!!!!
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Sep 15th, 2006, 11:28 AM
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Costume party thing - I think it is a common thing on Nile cruises - they had one on our cruise where you were supposed to dress up Egyptian. They sold stuff on the boat, but also at almost every set of trinket stalls we passed at various sites.

Less than half of those on our boat actually dressed up.
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Sep 15th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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What a bunch of party poopers! Any idea the cost of the clothing for the party? I've already told my husband he's going to have to dress up!
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Sep 19th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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Grcxx3.

Huladolphin & I met up at the Cilantro opposite AUC -- I was in Garden City at ARCE & she was coming out of school so it was convenient, although not too exotic. We laughed a lot & it was nice putting a face to the name.

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Sep 19th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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The long white thing (I forget the name) that men where in Egypt cost me a few dollars at some roadside vendor. Many of the women on the cruise put on a longer skirt and donned some sort of head covering.
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Sep 19th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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Thanks Gail. I guess they are called gallabiyas (I've seen it spelled about a hundred ways already!) and have been told you can get really pretty ones for about $10.

Apparently the traditional way to wear them is with nothing on underneath, which a friend described (in hilarious detail) as being a very interesting and somewhat "showy" prospect for a man on a ship with a strong breeze! Don't know if that's true or not or if someone was pulling my friend's leg...but it sounded really funny!
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Sep 20th, 2006, 03:43 AM
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The Egyptian men we saw wearing them seemed to have dress pants on underneath - although I did not do any further investigation on the subject. Now, should we discuss what men wear under kilts, or is that reserved for European section of this board.
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Sep 20th, 2006, 04:45 AM
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Sunshine007 and Huladolphin - so glad you guys got together! What fun! Wish I could have been there.

Isn't there a Cilantro in Maadi....near the Volume I bookstore? It all seems to be fading away....
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Sep 20th, 2006, 04:54 AM
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I agree- I think I have mostly seen them worn with pants. There's multitude of issue with wearing them "commando"...sand in places you really don't want there to be, creepy-crawlies traveling to places better left alone, etc. I think my friend got suckered but good. I'm not one of those fussy people who have to stick to one topic...or continent for that matter! (Not that any of you are those fussy people!)
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