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Win Travel Trinkets Thursday: Egyptian Necklace

My last contest took forever and was sort of confusing. This time I’m going to make it much easier on everyone, including myself. All you have to do to win is to vote for as Best Travelogue in the Lonely Planet Travel Blog Awards and leave a comment with “I voted”. This is on the honor system, so if you cheat and win, I’m going to put some sort of internet curse on you.

This cheap Egyptian necklace could be yours!

The item this week is a cheap necklace of what I think are lapis lazuli bits I got from an alabaster store on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor Egypt.

I was looking for something cheap to give away and I saw this necklace and figured it would fit into an envelope. I asked one of the guys working at the store how much it cost and he said “for you my friend, you may have it for free”. At this point my BS detector started going off because nothing is free in Egypt. Sure enough, without skipping a beat, he then asked for a 10 pound tip. 10 pounds is about US$1.80. I asked him why he just didn’t sell me the necklace for 10 pounds and avoid the song and dance of giving it to me for free with a tip. He then wanted 15 pounds, and I gave him the necklace back, and he then suddenly settled for 10 pounds.

I’d say this necklace has a retail price of $1.80 but the fact is if I had bothered to haggle, I’m sure I could have gotten it for half that price.

So this can be all yours for the low, low price of nothing. All you have to do is 1) vote, 2) leave a comment with “I voted”. If voting is closed, just say I would have voted.

I’ll close comments in a few days, pick a random number and email the winner.

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  1. Stefanie says:

    I voted. You’re only 282 off the lead after my vote – good luck!

  2. I voted! Hope you win (really!)

  3. Amit says:

    I also voted about a week ago. Best of luck, Gary.

  4. dylan says:

    I voted! Good luck!

  5. Jim says:

    I voted – bring home the gold!

  6. Katie says:

    I voted! Good luck!

  7. Dominique says:

    I voted for you a couple of days ago…around the time I gave you a stumble…and who can resist a Twitter that tells you to come and win “free crap” :lol:

  8. Abbie says:

    I voted back when it first started! :)

  9. AuroraGG says:

    I voted. (not because of the contest, but because I like your blog). Good luck!

  10. Mike says:

    I voted. Best of luck to you

  11. I voted for you! Do I win? :)

  12. I voted! Good luck! :)

  13. I got my licks in last week… not getting an option to vote again. Keep up the great work!

  14. Illyanna says:

    I voted for both categories!

  15. Muerte_tsd says:

    I voted weeks ago :)

  16. Olga says:

    Hey Gary! I definitely voted for you. :)

  17. Becky says:

    I voted!! Again :)

  18. HB says:

    I voted. Early and often.

  19. Emily says:

    I voted. So far you’re in third, but it’s pretty close.

  20. danielle says:

    I voted (in both categories) :)

  21. Brain says:

    Oops, goofed that up. Browser problems.

    Now I voted!

  22. Beth says:

    I voted a couple weeks ago for you before the contest – I hope that counts – I love that necklace! I’m a sucker for that color blue. :) – Beth

  23. Brain says:

    I voted with gusto! And he voted to!

  24. I voted! (Like a month ago!) Very pretty beads…

  25. Heather says:

    I voted. Good luck!

  26. Susan says:

    Not only did I vote for you in both categories, but I also posted it at least twice in my Facebook for all of my friends to vote for you also – please everyone do the same for Gary! Thank you for such an awesome site and good luck in the Lonely Planet contest – your photos are amazing!

  27. jessiev says:

    i voted, BEFORE i knew of the lovely $1.80 prize. good luck!

  28. Patricia says:

    Hi, saw your tweet and came to check it out. I voted! :-)

  29. Sai says:

    I voted in both categories.

  30. I voted in both categories – and I appreciate what a vote can do! I won the Johnny Bunko contest and now pretty much vote for anyone who asks me to…IF I subscribe to their blog. And I do subscribe to yours and it rocks! I’m a photographer so I love seeing all the places I’ll never see and I appreciate what you do. I’m planning on getting an RV and hitting the road again myself. I thought about doing a “trade the red paperclip” thing with this necklace…you know, trade it up and up and up til I get my RV. So – don’t think of it as a $1.80 prize. Think of ALL the publicity your blog will get from MY blog if I win the necklace and trade it up for an RV!!

  31. Judy says:

    I voted last week — does that count? :p

  32. Melanie says:

    I voted! Good Luck!

  33. Orianne says:

    I voted, and tried a second time but it wouldn’t let me.

  34. Katie says:

    I definitely voted!

  35. vickyslife says:

    I voted, and I encourage everyong to vote, he was behind in two categories, he NEEDS these votes, and it’s worth it. He has some awsome photos, at the least!

  36. I voted! Good luck! The votes are very close!

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