Just last weekend I just arrived home from Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, and I have to say I has an absolutely amazing time. We went there for a friends birthday and we were certainly not disappointed. It was a fantastic opportunity for old and new friends to meet up, enjoy the sun, the sea, the locals and also the local traditions! You guessed it, bong pipes! Nevertheless let me add that is the company of old friends who are also accustomed to the forms and practice of bong’s and new friends who have never had the opportunity to sat in front of and smoke one before. Egypt is well known for its high quality shisha pipes, and there is certainly an abundance of them, from traditional glass bong pipe styles and let’s not forget most markets sell cheap starter shisha pipe products too!
It was most certainly a learning curve for many of the newbies to say the least. It is no secret that it can often be a daunting experience when sat in front of a bong for the first time. You enter one of the many indoor or outdoor lounges to find a number of groups of men sitting comfortably while smoking a bong like it is no different to the air they breathe. My friends and I were pumped to start with and ready to experience a small taste of the exotic traditional culture and to finally try out what we had been discussing about all day! Nevertheless, I will be honest and say it was somewhat of a different story when we eventually sat down upon all the plush cushions and small table. My friends froze in terror at the sight of this large bong pipe despite the fact that one of the fantastic lounge owners went out of his way to produce three amazing fruity flavours at our request. I am sure this is one of those ‘you had to have been there’ moments, but try and picture the scene, five grown men trying to tell the terrified and horror filled newbie what to do all at once is sadly not the best idea or such a great tactic. So I thought it was best to perhaps put together some short notes and applicable advice for individuals out there who are first-timers. Hopefully you will learn from my storytelling and perhaps provide the same information to a friend of your own who may be wanting to try.
One of the primary and often one of the worst fears that enters many individuals heads is that they will choke. If you ever see an individual coughing or choking when smoking a bong this is often because there is too much coal involved. This can cause the bong smoke to become harsh and unpleasant. In some instances the foil may burn but this can easily be resolved. If you are at a lounge, simply ask for assistance! You will find that bar workers or owners are more than happy and willing to help you before quickly solving the issue at hand. Sometimes many individuals are fearful of what a bong may taste like. Flavour can be subjective but choose the tastes and flavours that you believe you will like. If it is your first time smoking a bong, certainly avoid ordering bizarre flavours or flavours with cryptic names. It can often lead to an awful first time experience. If you are in a lounge or bar, make sure that you tell the staff what flavours you like so that they can produce something that you will actually enjoy.