Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

What is it like to live in Luxor? Share your experiences of Luxor's culture.

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Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:56 pm

I meant to ask this the other day, got distracted and then forgot. Reading the same question elsewhere has reminded me to post.

I know there are many ex-pats who have lived in Luxor a long time and some have never or rarely go back to their 'home' countries.
Do you think that your perception/ideas/feelings about Luxor in general, or Egypt as a whole, may change if you were to get away from there for a while?
If you were to leave Luxor for a short while, do you think you would miss it? If so, what is it you would miss?
You live where many of us can only holiday, so where is the ideal holiday place for you?


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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by hatusu » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:14 pm

Anywhere there's an M&S Food Hall and my son.

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by Teddyboy » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:08 pm

" do you think you would miss it? "

We do leave, fairly regularly, for short hgolidays at 'home', and yes we do miss it. After being at 'home' for a couple of weeks, we cannot wait to get back 'home' in Luxor.

"If so, what is it you would miss?"

We miss the same sort of things whichever 'home' we are at! When in Luxor, I miss my family and the friends whom I love back 'home' in England, and pork sausages, and singing at our local chapel or folk club. (Along with a million other things.)
When I'm at 'home' in England, I miss the people whom I love here in Luxor, and the falafal from up the street as well as the kofta from down the street. Funnily enough, I also miss the blast from the Mosque, even though it's destroying my hearing, and the train whistles at night! I also long for the easy pace of the life in Upper Egypt. Bukra, insh'Allah! (Along with a million other things.)

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by Chocolate Eclair » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:58 am

We have not been home for the past 3 years, do we miss UK? NO! Do we miss seeing our Children? Yes!, Do we miss the UK weather? No! Do I miss Pork Pies? Yes! Do we miss paying English Prices? No! Do I miss a good pint? Yes! Do we miss faceless unfriendly people more interested in keeping up with the Jones's and in doing so lack the edge of individualism? No! Do I miss catching the 5am Train to London and not getting home until 8pm everyday for 5 days? No! Do I miss not having basic things such as Benzine and cooking gas to hand? Yes! Do I miss not being able to live in peace without someone wanting to pull me down or talk about mew behind my back? Yes! Do I miss the people that DO NOT accuse me of things? Yes! Do we miss walking down a street and not being bothered by taxi's or people that can not accept No for an answer? Yes!

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by Yildez » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:44 am

Interesting question, isn't it? Although I live in Turkey rather than Luxor, I think the same things apply. I only ever visit the UK en route to somewhere else - the last time was February 2011 - and I can't wait to get home to Datca! One of the things I loved about Luxor - please don't jump on me!!! - was the shops selling English food! I went home with chocolate, biscuits, cheese, John West tinned salmon etc etc etc.

If you asked me what I miss about the UK none of those things would be on the list, yet I was enormously excited by them! Very sad, but true! I do miss being able to buy shoes that are big enough - Turkish ladies don't have size 8.5 feet! - and definately the range of cheese in any supermarket, or even corner shop. Turkish cheese is OK but with limited choice.

And after the hottest summer for 65 years a brief British rain shower would be great!

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by Dusak » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:45 am

Well, I have to say, after visiting the UK only once in the six years I've lived here, there is absolutely nothing that I miss and have no intentions of visiting it in the future. I, like others who live here, are always banging on about what is wrong with the place, and this one liner covers everything that has ever been mentioned on here, especially after the revolution but I would not want to live anywhere else. I have a good life, friends that only want my company and are there if needed, every thing a person could want. I worked hard all my life so I could enjoy a very early retirement in a country such as this and feel sorry for the people that will probably have to now work until they are close to seventy before they can even begin to think about such a life, and then, for a lot of them, it will be to late to make the move. Thank you Egypt.

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by Remus » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:01 am

When I'm in UK which I love) I miss Egyptian smiles. What follows was passed on to me by an ex-pat. It's not about Luxor but about Egypt in general:

Welcome to Egypt!
Allah has willed that you live temporarily in Egypt:
Submit.
Like sunshine, Egypt will help you grow if you don’t pull
down the blinds.
Be discreet. Be friendly. Be sensitive.
Hear the Call to Prayer – and pray.
Laugh often. Drink Stella when necessary.
Never ask directions if you want to find your destination.
When you drive, honk your horn:
Remember that goats have right of way.
Be a child: you are living in the biggest sandbox in the world.
Dust often or not at all.
Discover freedom on a felucca.
Be gentle to the donkeys and the children – their lives are harsh.
Remember that the Mosque is the House of God.
Fast at least one day during the Holy Month of Ramadan –
Then break the fast with a Muslim friend.
There is still Magic and Mystery in this Ancient Land:
Savour the Moments!

And that sums up what I love (and would miss) about Egypt. And some perhaps might find it an antidote to many of the less positive comments expressed on the forum.

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by hatusu » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:22 am

Love it! (particularly the "dust often or not at all")

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Re: Perception of/Feelings about Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:38 pm

Remus, your friend passed you some very wise words. I don't live in Luxor but I can fully appreciate all that is behind them.
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