Photo Favorite: Juggling a Football in Traditional Egyptian Clothes

By Mark Wiens 12 Comments
Playing Football in a Man Dress
Playing Football in a Man Dress

Location: Aswan, Egypt

While sailing the Nile River on a felucca, we stopped by at a small Egyptian village.

A few kids were juggling a flat bouncy ball in a little donkey pushcart alleyway, so I was able to join in with them for a few minutes of fun. In my jellabiya, I wasn’t exactly graceful, and I very nearly embarassingly fell multiple times!

But it was an awesome time!

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  • my location

    2 months ago

    It’s amazing how you can join the kids and play soccer in traditional Egyptian clothes. Surely you will be very impressed when you see you juggling the ball in the jellabiya while moving in the alley.

  • Laura

    12 years ago

    I loved Aswan and this looks like fun! I’ve talked to so many people on my travels who have connected with locals through the use of a soccer ball. It’s amazing how little the language barrier matters then!

    • Mark Wiens

      12 years ago

      Awesome Laura. Yes, especially in Africa where many guys have “football fever” it can be a great way to connect and fit in – and make friends!

  • 50+ and on the Run

    12 years ago

    Every time, every trip, those ordinary moments with people are the best part of the experience. Thanks for posting.
    Nancy

    • Mark Wiens

      12 years ago

      No problem Nancy, thanks for taking a look as well.

  • Joshywashington

    12 years ago

    Great pic. It looks like you are having a hell of a time trying to juggle that ball in that voluminous garment though…!

  • Arti

    12 years ago

    Its really moments like these which we remember from our journeys. Really simple but sharing a laugh and game with the locals is so much fun.
    Have a fabulous week ahead Mark:)

    • Mark Wiens

      12 years ago

      I fully agree Arti! Even more than the famous monuments, it’s these moments that are so memorable on any trip! Thanks, hope you have a great week too Arti.

  • Adrian B.

    12 years ago

    I’ve never tried playing football in dress before, but it looks like quite a challenge! 🙂