“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Full disclosure; before going to Egypt I stereotyped it; Egypt is dangerous, Egypt is unsafe, I am not going to enjoy it. Telling my family I was going on holiday to Egypt did not make them smile, it made them worry. The first picture I sent to them got the following response: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look this happy.” That about sums it up.
Egypt, thanks to Ride Egypt, blew all my stereotypes out the window and replaced it with so much joy, thrill, and happiness. I am sat here typing this feeling homesick for the Luxor stables, the people, the food, the history and nature. Emma has built such a special place in Luxor, and our holiday (Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay) included a little bit of everything. She has an uncanny knack for choosing the right horse for you, and I fell head over heels in love with mine whilst we were in Luxor.
All the boys at the stables are lovely and helpful, the guides ensure you are comfortable during the rides, safe, and entertained, and there’s a great mix of relaxation as well as thrilling canters & gallops. Although my partner is a novice, he was just as much a part of the group, and – similar to Emma -Mohammed was able to read perfectly what he could and could not do, matching him with the right horses and giving him loads of confidence ending with him doing lots of gallops too!
I can write for days, but to avoid this becoming a novel, here’s a few final key points: – If you are a planner like me, and you get nervous about not knowing exactly where you are staying or what you are doing each day; don’t be. Emma is a crazy planner too, probably worse, and the surprises were actually really great fun. LET IT GO! =D – Eat all the Egyptian food, and wash it down with some lemon juice with mint. Nom.
There is plenty of sightseeing involved, but it is short and sweet (I mean this in the best possible way; you won’t be sweating for hours in a temple, but you’ll get told really interesting bits and get free time for pictures etc. You will not get bored) – Be prepared to be proven wrong on everything you thought you knew about Egypt. Get your Egyptian smile on because men, women & children will all be waving & smiling right back at you.
Finally, most of us WHILST still on the trip, were already looking at when we could come again. If that doesn’t tell you how great it was, I don’t know what will. Emma, Mohammed, and everyone else, thank you so much, we had to wait 1,5 years longer than expected due to Covid, but my god was it worth the wait. All my love!