Bob Marley is arguably the reason that the world at large is familiar with all things Jamaican. From his locs to his patois, to his wardrobe and music, his impact has truly been felt all over the globe. On a recent trip to Luxor, Egypt, I was reminded that Bob Marley’s legacy lives. As I arrived in Luxor from Cairo via the sleeper train, I was greeted on the platform by a taxi driver eagerly waiting for tourists. Upper Egypt, as the southern part of the country is known due to the direction of the flow of the Nile, has been decimated since the global recession and the 2011 revolution. Western media reports since 2011 have labeled Egypt as a country of unrest, which has directly led to a sharp decline in tourism. The Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Hatshepsut’s Temple, and about a dozen of Egypt’s tourism destinations are located in Upper Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. Luxor and Aswan virtually depend on tourism to survive.
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