Tânia - from Portugal to tattoo & arts in vibrant Cairo.
Tânia: "I haven't moved to Egypt for good but I usually go to Cairo because I have friends and family there. I do some works in a tattoo studio in Cairo and I'm also studying arts. I'm from Portugal originally and don't have any Egyptian roots but Portuguese family living in Cairo.
I can say that I love everything about Egypt. The culture, the colors, art, people are very friendly and always trying to help. And of course: the history. It was a dream to go there.
Since very young I feel a very big and strong connection with Egypt. I can't explain how or why, I just feel it.
My first impression was the same that I have now. I just fell in love since that first minute.
I love to go to Cairo Festival City Mall to spend some time, and also Maadi because of the green nature around. Very nice for a walk."
Endah - from Indonesia to Asian culinary delight in Tanta!
Endah: "Hi, I am Endah. I accompany my husband here in Egypt. He's been studying and working here for more than ten years. After we got married, I came to Egypt, too. Now, we're working together in our own Asian restaurant called 'Haita Café and Restaurant'." MoreThanCairo: Where are you based in Egypt and where are you originally from?
Endah: "I am now based in Tanta, the largest city in the Delta, and already for 6 months here. I come from Indonesia." MoreThanCairo: Why did you decide to move to Egypt?
Endah: "Because my husband suggested to stay and live here after his studies. Speaking of the restaurant, we think that the culinary business is prospect here, that's why we actually moved to Egypt. Don't forget to pay us a visit. It will be our pleasure to have you there!
Moreover, actually, visiting and living in Egypt is the thing that I have been dreaming of for all this time. I have been falling in love with Egypt since I was a child." MoreThanCairo: What do you love about Egypt?
Endah: "Everything. But the most I love about it are all ancient Egypt heritages. It is so amazing, interesting and cool!" MoreThanCairo: I love Egyptology, too. I won't forget to visit you in your gorgeous Asian restaurant when being in Tanta!
Dionne - from the Netherlands to being an Equine Coach in Egypt! (For more check out: www.facebook.com/morethancairo) ☀️ Dionne: "My name is Dionne. I am 32 years old and originally from the Netherlands. I live in Cairo since July 4th 2015. Currently I work as a German teacher but I am about to start my own business as an Equine Coach, called ‘Merraya’. Therefore I will fly my horse Odie (c.f. photo) from Belgium to Cairo in September." MoreThanCairo: What is an 'Equine Coach' exactly?
Dionne: "Easily explained: Life coaching with a horse as a co-coach. The horse mirrors the behaviour of the human." MoreThanCairo: That sounds very interesting! How come you ended up in Egypt?
Dionne: "When I decided to move away from the Netherlands, I applied everywhere in the world. I received directly a job offer from a school in Cairo during my first job interview. That's how I arrived in Cairo and not anywhere else in the world. And I am glad I did." MoreThanCairo: What do you love about Egypt?
Dionne: "What I love about Egypt... to be honest, I don’t know what it is exactly. I am very easy going. There is just no reason for me to leave. I have an amazing job, incredible friends, an awesome lifestyle. I’m simply living my dream. I don’t see any advantage about leaving, so I am staying."
Ilyana - from Bulgaria to a knitwear and crochet designer in Egypt! (Full interview: www.facebook.com/morethancairo)
Ilyana: "I'm Ilyana. I've been working in the fashion business for over 20 years so far; designing and producing clothes, bags, accessories and home décor - all things sewn, crochet and knit. My creations are known under the brand 'Faima Studio' (c.f. photos below). Back in my country I was sewing gowns for weddings and proms and stage apparel. Later I started to write crochet, knitting and sewing patterns for my online shops and some knitting magazines, and to sell knitwear. Some of my clients were Hollywood personalities like Kat Von D, Niclana Tolmasoff from "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", 5th Avenue's "O.K. Originals" designer Nik Reschetnjak, singers and dancers from my country and many others. Currently I am working with an interior design studio here in Cairo for private clients." MoreThanCairo: Amazing! Where do you live in Egypt and where are you actually originally from?
Ilyana: "I live in 6th October City. I moved 10 years ago from Bulgaria. I left my beautiful home country as well as my own studio and boutique for the love of my life." MoreThanCairo: I am very impressed. That's quite a sacrifice!
Ilyana: "Yes, years ago I found love here and got married to my Egyptian husband." MoreThanCairo: May I ask how you have met your husband? In Egypt or in Bulgaria?
Ilyana: "Neither. Shortly: We met firstly on the Internet, in a game." MoreThanCairo: Wow! That's very adventurous!
Ilyana: "Yes, it was. But I got great luck and here am I." MoreThanCairo: What do you love about Egypt? Any favourite places for food in Egypt?
Ilyana: "The spirit, and easy going life although it looks chaotic and stressful. My favorite places for food, although I can cook Egyptian cuisine very well, are not fancy restaurants, but well known for their authentic food places. Like Prince in Imbaba, where you can see famous people eating Molokhia, or Sobhy Kaber restaurant in Road Elfarag where hundreds of people are waiting to get a table, blocking the streets around, or the fish restaurant Darwish in Neckla, a village near 6th October City...."
Kirsi - from Finland to Luxor with special energy!
Kirsi: "I am Kirsi from Finland. And I've lived in Luxor for almost 8 years.
Why I ended up here? Well, I left Finland when I was 20 and I have been living around the world - here and there.
I am a healer, so I study all the time different methods, and religions, traditions and cultures.
I also studied various methods of massage, and other Spa treatments. I have always had my own business in this area wherever I was and am." MoreThanCairo: Why did you decide to move to Egypt?
Kirsi: "Egypt has always been in my bucket list. So finally, 2010, I ended up coming here, fell in love with Luxor and knew that this will be my next home - until... who knows." MoreThanCairo: What do you love about Egypt?
Kirsi: "Why I love Egypt... Luxor itself has special energy and it felt home as soon as I arrived. I got an opportunity to start a Spa business, so I took it.
In this Spa in Steigenberger Nile Palace (Suraya Spa) I have been for 4, almost 5, years soon. I got an opportunity to be in the process of upgrading it. So with the Architect we designed the place I have now.
I have also some bazars in Hurghada and massage spots on Nile cruise boats.
As we all know, last years has not been very easy in Egypt or in Luxor. But now it seems like that tourism is getting back. Media is finally writing positive things about Egypt.
I have been here during all this time since the revolution in 2011 and I have never felt afraid of anything - locals do not want any harm to others!"
Lesley - from the UK to a 20+ years lasting holiday romance in Luxor and getting even the Egyptian nationality!
Lesley: "I am Lesley and I'm based on the West Bank in Luxor. I moved to Egypt from Shrewsbury in the UK." MoreThanCairo: Why did you move to Egypt?
Lesley: "I met my husband on a holiday 20 years ago in 1998 and married him 3 months later - at the tender age of 21 years." MoreThanCairo: Oh, wow, that's quite young and brave! Why did you decide to move to Luxor?
Lesley: "It was a holiday romance that has lasted! Ahmed is from Luxor so it was a natural transition to stay in Luxor.
I do love Luxor for the openness of the people and the history that we are surrounded by.
We have chosen to live away from the hustle bustle of city life and live out in the countryside within the sugarcane fields which has also allowed me to carry on with my passion for horses of which I have four! We have tried living in both countries (UK & Egypt) but found that for our two children, who are now in their teens, Egyptian life is so much healthier taking them away from the pressures of European society and pier pressures. Two years ago I made the decision to become a dual National as I feel Egypt is as much my country as my country of birth." MoreThanCairo: That's incredible! What do you love mostly about Egypt?
Lesley: "I love the pace of life, the people and the community spirit." MoreThanCairo: What do you do for a living?
Lesley: "At present I work for an UK company online and have to fly back to the UK 5 times a year. I am working on my own business of exploring the world as a woman starting with Egypt; this is designed to show woman of all walks of life that anything is possible when you put your mind to weather loosing weight or travelling the world! Furthermore, I do a lot of endurance walking and run a walking group for anyone who wants to join on a Monday. During the winter this helps with my training of the big treks I do. I also raise money for a local charity in Luxor ACE - animal care in Egypt - by doing endurance challenges at least once a year!"
Loïc - from France to nurturing football talents in Egypt aka looking for Egypt's next Mohamed Salah! 😉
Loïc: "I'm Loïc Nave, the head coach and owner of "ELITE Football Academy". We have two branches in Egypt - one in New Cairo and one in Sheikh Zayed." MoreThanCairo: Where are you based in Egypt?
Loïc: "I live in the most vibrant city of Egypt - Cairo." MoreThanCairo: Where did you move from?
Loïc: "I moved from France. I'm here for 6 years now." MoreThanCairo: Why did you decide to move to Egypt?
Loïc: "I decided to move to Egypt because there is a real potential of football players here and I want to support those talents." MoreThanCairo: What do you love about Egypt?
Loïc: "I love the simple life here - no stress!"
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Motto of this upcoming series of posts: Places are made of a thousand stories and so is wonderful Egypt!
You have moved to Egypt and want to share your story? - Then simply send me a message! Cheers!
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Kelly - from Portugal to tour guiding in Egypt.
Kelly: "I'm a tour guide all over Egypt. I started this project of local tours because whenever I talked with people about Egypt, I realized they had a totally different idea of it. So, I wanted to show everyone the way I see Egypt." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Kelly: "I used to live in this very local place in front of the pyramids, called Nazlet El Semman for 2 years and a half. Now I moved to Dahab in the Red Sea and I'm living here for 4 months." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Kelly: "I moved from Portugal, my home country." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
MoreThanCairo: Why did you decide to move to Egypt?
Kelly: "Well, I could talk about this for hours. But quickly, I love Egypt since I was born, basically. I came here for the first time 15 years ago. Then I came back in 2014. And I couldn't stop thinking about moving here. It's like Egypt was calling me. And I didn't said no! (laughing*)" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Kelly: "I love everything about Egypt. The variety of landscape, such as: mountains, sea, history, desert, city. I love the people - they are so warm and welcoming - but I love the Red Sea the most." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ------------------- ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You have moved to Egypt and want to share your story? - Then simply send me a message!
So I just had to share this! A zoo in Egypt tried to pass off a donkey as a zebra... you can’t make this up!! As an Egyptian, I wish this was surprising, but it’s not... #welcometoegypt#seriously#cairo#egypt
Выходишь на трап самолета и по лицу ударяет горячей волной жженого воздуха, буд-то входишь в душное облако сауны.
Welcome to Egypt!
Помните эти ощущения?
Когда прилетаешь в Египет, уже в самолёте дают маленькую бумажку для заполнения - миграционную карту. И помню, каждый раз (хоть в первый, хоть в пятый) я впадала в ступор как ее заполнить.
Эмоций и так много, ещё быстрее нужно занять очередь на паспортный контроль, и не забыть до этого купить визу. А тут вот ещё - быстро и точно заполнить карту.
Образца заполнения, конечно, нигде нет. За то местные предприимчивые «бизнесмены» тут как тут - предлагают услуги по заполнению за 5-10 баксов😏
На самом деле, заполнить карту очень легко, если знаешь английский. А если нет?
Расскажу как. Сохраняйте в закладки.
В карусели образец. Ниже - пояснение.
На самом вверху слева:
укажите номер вашего рейса (смотрите на своём билете).
Напишите название города из которого вы прибыли. Если вы летели транзитом – указывайте только город, в котором была последняя пересадка.
В разделе вверху справа ничего не заполняем.
Ниже в главном и самом большом разделе все заполняется печатным шрифтом, четко:
FAMILY NAME - укажите фамилию. Например: PUTIN.
FORE NAME – имя. Например: VLADIMIR.
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH – полная дата и место рождения. Например: 07/10/1952.
NATIONALITY – гражданство. Например: Russian.
PASSPORT NUMBER & TYPE – серия и номер ЗАГРАНИЧНОГО паспорта.
ADDRESS IN EGYPT – адрес проживания или название отеля. Например: Hilton Beach Hotel
PURPOSE OF ARRIVAL – цель приезда. Поставьте галочку напротив нужного пункта: если Туризм, то галочку напротив «TOURISM».
PASSPORT & DATE & BIRTH – информация о детях (если они записаны в паспорте): имя и фамилия, дата рождения. Например: Putina Katrin 01/01/2000.
Если вышла помарка - берите новый бланк. Исправления в миграционной карте не допускаются!
Все! Осталось только купить билет в Египет😁