Felucca rides in Egypt: The ‘singing kids’ of the Nile

This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language. Please, feel free to correct me.

Felucca rides on the Nile River are very popular among tourists in Egypt. Felucca is a small, traditional, primitive wooden sailing boat driven by a native.

Felucca rides in Egypt

Sailing on the Nile River, I saw something very interesting. I suddenly met the “singing kids” of the Nile.

The singing kids use rudimentary mini boats to approach the feluccas. Very smart and kind, they know popular songs from many countries. By paying attention to how a tourist speaks, they identify where he or she comes from. Then, they sing a popular song from the tourist’s country. This is heart touching, and this is how the kids usually get what they want: a tip, or baksheesh, as we say in Egypt.

Felucca rides in Egypt

Felucca rides in Egypt: Singing kids

It’s very interesting, heart-touching. But, at the same time, we must admit that this is sad. They are poor children trying to survive.

So, if you find them, please take your wallet and give them some money. They are extremely humble. They don’t want to just ask for money. The kids prefer to offer “a service” in exchange for the money.


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I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal). My first fiction book, for young adults, was published in 2001 in Portuguese language — a time travel adventure that won thousands of readers. I also wrote some travel and tech books and manuals.
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