Kimi Wants Advice on How to Live in Egypt for 500 USD Per Month
Kimi might enjoy looking on craigslist https://cairo.craigslist.org/ in "housing" under "rooms / shared". There are a lot of really interesting listings especially very safe looking ones for females. Anywhere from less than $200 a month for a hotel room to $300 to share a luxury flat with 2 other expat girls. This has really got me to thinking about renting a couple months in Egypt. My sister and her husb bought a house in Jeddah but since I'm not Muslim nor male I can't enter Saudi Arabia to visit them but she could sure come and hang out with me on the Nile! I even see a free room listed.
I lived in Egypt several months - Egypt isnt the best place in world for a single woman. The men are rude and aggressive. If you were to live there a suburb like Maadi would be best - Lots of Filipinas there working illegally for Egyptians Find some that are sharing an apartment and get to be buddies with them. They speak English and they know the lay of the land and how to eak out a living on very little money. They know how to deal with the local men and how to find the best bargains.
Thx Mark for your input regarding ladies visiting Egypt. My sister tells me that even though she understands Arabic almost fluently and dresses just like the culture with head covering and all, that as soon as she speaks everyone knows she's an America. So when she and her Palestinian husb travel in Egypt she doesn't say a word in public otherwise the merchants really rip them off. She says all of the the Middle East is the same getting ripped off by the locals if they think you're a foreigner, esp from the USA. But I imagine that would be the same almost anywhere one might travel.
It is impossible to be 'ripped off' by the locals. Foreigners, especially American tourists, are generally pathetic negotiators. I can decide to grossly overpay for something but the shop keeper can not make me buy. When given a price 400percent higher than it should be, I give a look like they are stupid and offer 50percent of the local price and will not go higher than 10percent less than the local rate - which may be 20percent or less of their original asking price. Negotiate away from earshot of others (special price for me my friend) and be willing to walk away. I have tested and proven this method many times in the Middle East, including Jeddah and Riyadh...
Rt, now you're talkin', a veteran haggler! My sister has been living in SA 30-35 years now. I can't imagine. Her husb is a successful engineer, a seasoned projects boss who knows how to deal with the Saudi bureaucracy. At one time he was put in charge of installing a million toilets (new restrooms) for all the pilgrims in Mecca. Years ago her husb rented a car in Jordan and had to leave her and the kids alone in the car while he ran an errand. While they waited, an officer popped his head in the window and told her that the car had to be moved immediately. Her kids where shocked when they saw that Mom knew how to drive.
i loved to walk just to the north of Maadi to the real egypt and go to the public market - most things had prices on them already in the market - just learn to read arabic numbers - as an older male i was treated with lots of respect but unfortunately younger women arent. I had a breakfast spot where i could get ful (fava beans cooked with onions tomatoes and spices - dressed with olive oil) fresh baked flat bread - falafel (fried chick peas with sesame seeds) more than i could eat for 80 cents Lots of very nice fresh fish in the markets and abundance of cheap vegetables and fruits One day I forgot my change and walked away and the boy there chased after me to return my change, Most people i met treated me very well. I was a teacher there in an international school - If you have english language skills i think you could find some work teaching english to Egyptians.
You are very welcome to any information i can share with you Deb