Exotic sights in the Middle East are at every turn when you come from the West. For this reason, to celebrate this week’s FriFotos theme “Exotic,” I wanted to present you a photo essay, including some of the exotic sights you can find in the Middle East. These were captured as I lived and traveled throughout the region back in college. Unfortunately though, some of the photos were taken with a disposable camera and scanned, as my digital camera died prematurely. Still, I hope you enjoy them!
If there’s something I loved about the Middle East was the quirky modes of transportation: Camels, rusting trains that I am still unsure on how they keep working properly, funky motorized ”tricycles” (with Chicago Bulls bumper stickers, see photo above), non-motorized sailboats called feluccas. All fun to ride in, while fearing for your life — just like some roller coasters!
Oh yah, felucca captains also put a flag of the traveler’s country alongside the Egyptian. They didn’t have a flag from my country + Puerto Rico is part of the USA anyway, so that was that!
Speaking of boats, here’s a Dahabeya: Luxurious version of the felucca
The old, historic architecture, alleys, and markets where my favorite exotic sights in the Middle East. It is like traveling through time, like diving into a history book. I felt like a kid in Disneyworld when walking through those Arab streets!
Oh yah, another exotic sight in the Middle East was some of the clothes you could buy, like the awesome bright orange pants you see me wearing on some of these photos and the TEMPLES!
Another thing I adored in the Middle East was the decor, especially Beoduin style. I fell in love with the drapes, carpets and on-floor sitting!
My favorite exotic sighting in the entire Middle East, though? A random, GORGEOUS turquoise beach found between Dahab and Taba. Drove by it on the morning of a crazy visa run to the Egyptian/Israeli border (Sinai peninsula). I couldn’t believe my eyes!!!