Alexandria, Egypt – Not Going Back

Been there. Done that. Even bought a few t-shirts. If I can help it, there is no reason for me to go there ever again.

The US Navy parked us in Alexandria, Egypt for three weeks back in 1989. It was fine for a few days. Just another port on the Mediterranean Sea. After that, it grew on us like mold.

Sure, the tour to Cairo to see the pyramids and sphinx was great. A once-in-a-lifetime trip to see those wonders of the world, take incredible pictures, speculate about how they were built, see a camel driver wipe his butt with a rock. All the unforgettable events you can imagine. It was time to leave that country.

Alexandria has thousands of years worth of history. Fine. Whatever. I remember a crowded, dirty city filled with people looking to me as if I could personally finance their lives forever.

Most of the crew battled diarrhea within days of arrival. Something in the food or water did not agree with our  systems and we suffered through it. As we left port headed for the French Riviera next, the captain said to the crew, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I didn’t lose anything worth coming back for in this place. Even if I left my wallet behind, I’m not coming here again.”


Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

2 thoughts on “Alexandria, Egypt – Not Going Back

  1. Our Alexandria visit also suffered from comparison. Our previous ports were on the French and Italian coasts. Then Alexandria for a full three weeks, then back to the French Riviera (the captain and some other officers spoke French and requested several port visits).

  2. I was utterly disappointed with my visits to the pyramids. Yes, I had to go twice. Alexandria wasn’t so bad, I preferred it to Cairo. But remember choosing one over the other is like choosing between having your finger nails pulled or tongue cut out.

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