My trip to Egypt in 2009 was eye-opening on many levels, but the thing that caught me the most off guard was moving from thinking about Egypt as African to Egypt as the Middle East.
So, as an African American, the thought of coming to Egypt not only excited me for obvious reasons (the land of the Pharaohs, the Pyramids, the Holy Family) but also got me thinking about the connection that I had ethnically to this great history. I have travelled to Africa two other times (Kenya and Ethiopia) and the warm welcome and sense of home I experienced were overwhelming. Upon arriving here, however, I have been introduced to this very complex culture of Egypt that, among other things, does not consider itself to be African. Yes, you read that correctly…Egyptians do not consider themselves to be African. Continue reading