"Tips, money and ordinary purchases in Egypt" Cairo Warnings Or Dangers Tip by hambone47
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I just got back from Egypt and here is a tip I wish someone had given me before I left. A seasoned visitor to Egypt actually said he does this -- and it was 2 days before I left Egypt -- Much too late.
Tip: when you arrive in Egypt go to a bank and buy a roll of 1 pound coins and a folder of 5 pound notes. You need to tip everyone in Egypt -- they expect it. When you make a small purchase no one seems to have change -- because they expect you to give them the change as a tip. ATM machines dispense big bills which are hard to break. You will find that touts and vendors will take your money and run into the street to find change -- there's usually a guy with a big wad of bills in the street who will break the bills for the vendors (and of course he needs a few pounds to perform the service). Oh, you will be much happier that you always have the exact change and a few small coins to give to taxi drivers, cops, elevator attendants, toilet custodians, train conductors, luggage handlers, bus drivers, etc.
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