Money exchange

Apr 15th, 2008, 09:29 AM
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Money exchange

I will be traveling for 13 days in Egypt - part on a tour that most things are prepaid. Need money for items not paid for, extra meals, gifts, etc. Is it best to exchange my US dollars here before I go or wait till I get to Egypt.
Also, know it will be hot - are longer shorts or capris appropriate - do I need at least some sleeve in my tops? Are longer shorts ok for men? I do not want to offend anyone while there by dressing inapproprately.
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Apr 15th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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would change in egypt as the exchange rate is much better there using atm.

re heat: depending on the season. would take a jersey with me for evenings.
capris will be fine and also a long sleeve shirt as it is a muslim country. keeps you on the safe side.
longer shorts for men will be mostly okay but would wear pants in cities.
 
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pippa13 is right about exchanging in Egypt, but don't have to use the ATM machines. YOu can use banks or Exchange offices. The rate here is a LOT better than outside Egypt. Usually at least one EGP per dollar or close to that.

Veejer, you don't say if you are a man or woman. If woman, do wear a sleeve on your shirts. If you are a man, it would probably look better if you have a sleeve on the shirt too. The men running around in sleeveless shirts do look fairly dis-respectful when I see them at the pyramids or wherever. Capris are fine, but anything shorter for women is not so good.
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TUMMIES
THIGHS
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UNDERWEAR - BRA STRAPS OR THONG STRAPS


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Apr 15th, 2008, 12:31 PM
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That's telling 'em, Debbie!
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Apr 16th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Debbie - what did you mean when you said:

"Usually at least one EGP per dollar or close to that"

Isn't it more like 5 EGP to a US dollar?
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Apr 16th, 2008, 07:32 AM
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For men - long shorts are okay for the Nile cruise tours and for the pyramids, but definitely long pants in town (museum, Khan el Khalili, Coptic Cairo, Citadel, mosques, restaurants, etc).
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Apr 16th, 2008, 12:18 PM
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If it's hot, you can wear a tank top or sleeveless top with a gauzy, light weight short sleeved shirt over it or a sleeveless shirt with a light shawl except when you're in a Mosque.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:19 PM
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Leslie -
What was meant is that you LOOSE one popund per dollar if you exchange your money some where outside egypt. They will not give you a fair exchange. Does it make sense now?

You are close to right on the current exchange here. It is somewhere around 5.4 to the dollar. If you aren't getting AT LEAST 5.2 or 5.3 to the dollar you are getting TOOK, and I wouldn't accept that.
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Apr 17th, 2008, 04:19 AM
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Debbie -
That makes sense, thanks.
Scared me for a minute!
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Apr 17th, 2008, 03:09 PM
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Casual Cairo, based on your list shall we presume it's OK to expose genitalia??

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Apr 17th, 2008, 03:23 PM
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Sorry Debbie, I couldn't resist.
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Apr 17th, 2008, 07:05 PM
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Oh P_M......it's been done!!!!!!

Personal experience (NOT by me!) that I would prefer to forget!!!
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Apr 17th, 2008, 11:47 PM
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P_M and Grc -

Actually I didn't think it needed to be said, but maybe so. I haven't witnessed that yet myself.

YIKES!
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Apr 18th, 2008, 10:35 AM
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Thanks for everyone's input - helped me a lot (and gave me a few chuckles) -
ps - I am a woman
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