Yes Mary-Ann - the geography lesson has sunk in!
27.04.2009 30 °C
Hello everyone! We are now in Aswan and I have a much better computer to type on so let's begin.
We were met on Sunday morning at the Egyptian Museum by our new friend Hala. She has studied for four years to be an Egyptologist tour guide and she is fabulous in bringing Egyptian history to life! She calls us her little pharaohs and she is Mama Pharaoh! We followed her through most of the museum - seeing all of the King Tut items, including the oh so incredible jewlerry - oh to have just one piece!
Hala is having great fun with Miguel (our only male on the trip) comparing him to Rames II who had 46 wives!
Let me tell you that there does not seem to be a recession in Egypt when it comes to tourism. Group and group and tour bus after tour bus stream in to all of the sites. It is one of the most international groups of travellers I have ever encountered.
After the history lesson in the museum we headed out to Giza for our first sighting of the pyramids and the Sphinx. I asked the students for some words to describe them and most of them found it hard to put in to words such an incredible ancient enginering feat! I, too, am at a loss for words - perhaps our pictures will help to show you when we get home.
The best sales line we heard today was when the vendor started with offering scarves "Buy one get one free" and ended with "buy one - get me free". I am not sure if that was his sales pitch or a pick up line!
We got to experience an Egyptian supermarket last night (like Wal-Mart on Egyptian steroids I think!) This was in preparation for our 12 hour bus trip to Aswan. Everyone was challenged by the length of the trip but upon arrival in Aswan and our hotel where we all have rooms overlooking the pool they ran to change for a quick swim before our next outing - to ride a felucca (boat) swim in the Nile, a ride on a camel and trip to an authentic Nubiam village for dinner.
Egypt is an incredibly friendly place. We have encountered warm smiling faces, people trying to speak English and the most adorable children anywhere. The Muslim belief that everything happens for a reason "inshallah (spelling?)" keep a remarkable peace - if God wishes it to be so then it will be - even car acciidents! Everyday I fall more in love with this country of contrasts!
Off to Abu Simbel tomorrow - more then.