Yesterday I received a comment on my post about Gaudi’s Barcelona from a girl asking me how I made it to Spain. She’s saying she and her fiance are almost breaking up because he can’t travel to see her, and asking me for advice on how I made it there. I’ve been asked a couple of times before about the visa requirements, what happend in a visa interview, and all those questions. But what stroke me in her comment was the last few words: “You are so lucky!“
I know I am not living the worst life in the world. Being Egyptian has built a big part of me, and this blog alone wouldn’t have been there if I wasn’t Egyptian. But this is not what I want to talk about in this post. On the contrary, I want to count my blessings!
You are so lucky!
Usually I write posts ranting about how hard it is being an Egyptian and wanting to travel, about money issues and visa problems. Eventually I do get to travel, discover new places, have long stays in different countries, and break the norm! And for this I am lucky!
I am lucky to have my parents, even if they don’t really like what I am doing most of the time, they still somehow support me, and I cannot deny that if it wasn’t for them, non of my travel plans would have moved from the dreaming phase. Starting with what made me fall in love with traveling, a one week family holiday in Madrid, to my first solo adventure to walk El Camino de Santiago, my father paid the flight tickets back and forth! To South East Asia, where I stayed 6 months, all my flight tickets were also paid by my father. And last but not least, my current stay in England, there was noway on earth I will have 8,000 British pounds, it is all paid by my family! 🙂 Bottom of the story, I am lucky that I have middle class parents that would – after some long conversations and sometimes fights – save up and give me some money to spend!
I am also lucky to have had good education. I am not into statistics but I can easily say more than 70% of educated people in my country don’t speak English. And at least 50% of the country is uneducated in the first place, let alone going to university! Yes I didn’t study what I wanted, and I was forced into the pharmacy career, but after all, I got a degree, and now I am doing a masters degree, which I am hoping will open some doors and maybe some more traveling to be done!
I am lucky to be able to speak and write English, and to be able to write this post right now on a laptop. I dare say, again, more than 50% of my country’s population wouldn’t know how to use a computer, let alone try and make a website, and write a blog in English.
Yes, I don’t get to travel as much as I wish. I’ll admit I am greedy when it comes to traveling, I really wish I can travel full time, explore the endless corners of this earth, and I am held back by both the amount of money I have/make and my passport. But then again, came this nice lady from Barcelona that is almost breaking up with her fiance because he can’t go see her to remind me that I am actually lucky! Thank you 🙂