Abu Simbel and so much more.....
28.04.2009 35 °C
Thanks for all of you that have commented on our trip. Sorry again for the typing. I must not have been awake yesterday - lots of typos and spelling issues. I will try better - although our morning started today with a 2:30 AM wake-up call. We left in a convoy to Abu Simbel - nothing to be concerned about for you parents. The convoy is for the safety of the tourists - if the bus doesn't check in by a specific time the police will come looking for us. Not to worry though - everyone feels extremely safe in the country!
Last might we fulfilled some of the group's "bucket list" by swimming in the Nile and riding a camel. Our 2 km. trek on the camel couldn't end soon enough for some and took us to Sohill Village - a typical Nubian Village. After a history lesson on the Nubians we were treated to a delicious Nubian meal cooked and made by the local family. The Nubians have a very interesting history which you must ask your traveller about when they return.
Abu Simbel - another temple that is so hard to put into words. This monument to Rames II (and a second for his wife Nefretari is carved out the sandstone. What makes the site so special is that the entire temple was disassembled and moved 100 meters to higher ground when the Aswan High Dam was built. 15 temples in all were moved to various locations along the Nile.
Some of the group also visited Philae Temple today in Aswan. While the temple itself was phenomenal our tour guide, Fareg was totally entertaining and charming to say the least! I even got a marriage proposal and the gentleman's e-mail address and his phone number and address. All the young ones were jealous! Did I mention he is about 75 years old and married - they don't seem to have a problem with multiple wives here?
We are doing our best to stimulate the Egyptian economy - yesterday a visit to the papyrus factory to see them making paper. Many people bought paper with hieroglyphics. Today we stopped at a perfume factory to purchase a variety of perfume essences and perfume bottles. The most popular item so far though are the array of scarves - all locally made and in every color imaginable - place your orders ladies!
Our food and drink have been interesting - lots of hibiscus tea offered but I haven't had any mint tea yet! We have tasted fresh dates, lots of fresh chicken and, oh how they like their bread. The local beer, Stella, is pretty tasty, too.
Not bad for a Muslim country. We continue to be astounded with the Egyptian people who are kind, friendly (the vendors maybe a bit too overwhelming) and so willing to converse with us.
Signing off now - we do finally get to sleep in tomorrow and perhaps enjoy one last dip in the pool here at the Basma Hotel. Post your comments and I will pass them on to the recipient! We are off to Luxor tomorrow for two more days of temples and tombs.
Now, for those of you asking I will try and post some photos! Nite all.....