Footloose Egypt: A Little Too Loose?

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Last Friday I decided to go on a trip to the Wadi Degla Protectorate organized by a tour agency called Footloose Egypt so I could witness the longest lunar eclipse in the century. Unfortunately, I cannot say that everything went according to plan.

Upon arriving to the protectorate’s gate with my friends, we managed to find the organizers and after a 15 minute check-in we were finally able to get inside. In a few meters up a little hill they had set up a small camp with a tent and a lot of rugs, where we sat for a few minutes before going up another hill to take a few pictures and return back to the camp. The organizers were very friendly and welcoming, which gave the whole affair a warm, cozy atmosphere. Some people then went for yoga, while others decided to play volleyball.

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Before sunset we had some grilled chicken, yellow rice, and mixed vegetables for lunch, which tasted really good considering it was freshly barbecued in the camp. After a while we started preparing for the eclipse, and when it started there was a telescope which enabled us to see the moon on a larger scale, although it was not any clearer. After roasting some marshmallows and drinking an inferior cup of tea, the evening took a turn for the worst.

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According to the program, there was supposed to be a hike which I now refer to as the ‘bloody hike,’ considering it took place under the blood moon and was a terrible experience.

The leader of the hike said we were going to take a route from underneath the hill we were on, but then decided to change it so we went up. To my surprise, they changed it yet again and we returned back down, which I felt was unnecessary and a waste of time and energy. When I asked one of the organizers how the hike would go, they said we would walk for one kilometer to see the moon better and then go back. That sounded cool, but that was far from the truth. After a long walk, we reached a place filled with rocks we should climb up and down; I was taken aback because no one had told me this would happen and it was already too late to go back. This was unprofessional in every sense of the word; some people like myself might not be able to do this at all due to fitness limitations and unpreparedness. Eventually, we finished the hike and we didn’t get to see the moon better; it was all for nothing. Unfortunately, this event was poorly organized and seemingly led by amateurs. However, I believe they have the potential to do so much better because they appeared energetic and friendly, and their efforts to take people to exotic places is a good initiative if executed correctly.

When I asked one of the organizers how the hike would go, they said we would walk for one kilometer to see the moon better and then go back. That sounded cool, but that was far from the truth. After a long walk, we reached a place filled with rocks we should climb up and down; I was taken aback because no one had told me this would happen and it was already too late to go back. This was unprofessional in every sense of the word; some people like myself might not be able to do this at all due to fitness limitations and unpreparedness. Eventually, we finished the hike and we didn’t get to see the moon better; it was all for nothing.

Unfortunately, this event was poorly organized and seemingly led by amateurs. However, I believe they have the potential to do so much better because they appeared energetic and friendly, and their efforts to take people to exotic places is a good initiative if executed correctly.

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