“In 1997, I spent 5 months studying in Israel; we took a 10 day spring break in Cairo (just outside of Giza. The tombs, pyramids and temples are free. The money is made from tourist’s buying souvenirs. You literally can eat 3 meals a day for less than $10 back then, a decent lunch in Cairo cost about $2-$3. Now if you went to McDonald’s, KFC or Pizza Hut were the most expensive, more pricey in Cairo than in the US. A cheeseburger, fries and drink cost just under $10. Alcohol from Amstel to a captain coke was about the same price as the US. Hostels charged about $10.00/day. Also, hotel pricing back then was ultra cheap. I spoke to several employees from the hotel from reception to servers, their avg pay for 60 hours a week was $200-$300/year which is gd awful. They made most their money off tips which raised their pay. Now with inflation and Cairo becoming more modern, Laura is exactly right to travel to Africa or the Middle East today it’s way more expensive. Back then to fly out of Tel Aviv to Turkey round trip was $40-$80. When, I returned to the US, I realized how privileged and pampered. This country is cake compared to 99% of the world, where we fall behind is in our education and in our careers focuses lives - especially the love of the human construct, money. Also, I finally understood the ugly American worldview. We do not honor the cultures we visit, rather we expect others to bend to our money and our will with being Americans. We are such a prejudiced society, it disgusted me. Not a review but I’m not gonna call-in or send an owl. Although, I listen to every episode you can see by my college date above in it being my spring semester Junior year, I’m an old but can say maybe my only positive attribute - I constantly grow and change.
In review, this is a really good show! Well done everyone!”
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