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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 10th 2014

14 December, 2012 Waving goodbye to Sudan, we headed off into the Egyptian dark. Originally the agreed plan had been to stop at Abu Simbel, only 20km or so from the border but the Egyptians now had other ideas and wanted us to continue all the way to Aswan. Feeling terrible for Suse and Nat up the front, the three of us in the back rugged up in sleeping bags and blankets and dozed, only sitting up when we arrived in the town. It was almost 1am and Suse was exhausted, having been unable to convince the police that she was too tired to continue. We parked near a train station on the outskirts of town and Suse slept in the front while the four of us spread out in the back and fought with mosquitos ... read more
Felucca with friends, Aswan
Hieroglyphs, Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab January 1st 2014

Nur ein paar Bilder, eine Woche in Dahab und Umgebung.... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo December 30th 2013

A belated very happy Christmas to everyone. As ever, we hope this finds you all well and enjoying some festive goodwill and merriment. We have been lucky enough to have spent the last few days in the Western desert of Egypt with Justin, Rosi and the boys after leaving Southern Africa a week ago. It has been the perfect ending to our year away and a great place to celebrate our first anniversary. Since our last blog entry in Northern Namibia and the loss of our camera we cheered ourselves up with the purchase of an even better camera in Maun, in northern Botswana. We decided to treat ourselves to a "once in a lifetime" scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in a seven seater plane. Just before we embarked, a fellow passenger asked if we ... read more
George being limped home
Jo's leopard!

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo December 21st 2013

Our flite from Cairo to Johanesburg was canceled. So we got to stay a night in Cairo. We had a long wait in the airport with buying a visa. And going throw customs and baggage We then got a tour for the next day. We got to the hotel late at night so we went strait to bed. In the morning we were late to the car because the iPod was at ronge time. We piked up the gide on the way to another tour place to ride on a horse to the pirimeds and the sphinx. Are second guide was really funny making jokes and hleping us guid the horse. He ended up thanking my lead on the horse. He guided us around the desert and told us that if we dropped anything in the ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt December 2nd 2013

One thing I definitely wasn’t expecting when I went to Egypt last December with a broken leg was a marriage proposal from a man who asked my dad whether he would depart with his only daughter (me) in return for five camels. An interesting start to a holiday. Then again, I hadn’t read any of the guidebooks and went to Egypt, relying on my mother who had not failed to research the country in great depth. One thing guidebooks warn you about is the conmen who stand outside the airport – unfortunately this useful bit of knowledge was something my mother did not have. We had naively handed our luggage over to a local who promised to take it to our car but instead, demanded money after he had pushed it a few steps. An outrage ... read more
Riding camels
The view from our room - the boat was in the way
The Nile


Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 23rd 2013

After the week-long emotional high of Libya, we were soon brought back to earth by the worst place on earth: the Egyptian border offices at Salloum. Suspicion, arrogance, repeated searches, requests for "tips", and endless bureaucracy was the theme of the day. We were ushered into the dark, grime-smeared corridors of a rotting building to get our passports stamped. Shifty characters loitered about, eyeing us up with what seemed to be a mixture of curiosity and resentment. Finally we were issued through to a dark room with a large desk where three uniformed guys sat. We were introduced to "The General" who with incongruous politeness informed us that we would need to purchase our visa on exit from the country and then waved us away. I had organised a fixer to travel from Cairo to sort ... read more
Near Tahrir Square

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Mohandessen July 8th 2013

After I board my plane in Bangkok, I was off on another 9 hour flight. This time, when I awoke at 5am, I was in Cairo, Egypt, and it was really, really hot. I didn't have any set plans when going to Egypt, I knew that I had access to a free hotel room (with my 6+ hour layover with EgyptAir) and was looking forward to a hot shower. I made my way to the hotel through all of the men trying to get me into their taxi and give me tours, and it felt good to just lie down in a bed for a few minutes. After a shower, I headed to the lobby and send a few emails and set up a tour so I could go out and see the area. I made ... read more
Check this off my bucket list!
Down the Tunnel

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan » Nubia June 24th 2013

Day 43 – Aswan The bus wasn’t comfy but I managed to get some broken sleep in there. Mon and I had the most ridiculous sleeping positions to try and get comfortable. Legs in the air, half off the seat etc. We woke up early and had a pre-packed breakfast ready for us as the bus still had a few hours to go before we reached our destination. We got juice, croissants, cheese and surprisingly a boiled egg. Haha! We didn’t eat ours but drew faces on the eggs to amuse ourselves for a few minutes. Once we arrived we had a quick peek in our cabin on the boat…. very nice and headed to Philae Temple. It took a bus and boat to get us there and we had a local guide called ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Port Safaga June 16th 2013

TUESDAY 11.6.2013-SATURDAY 15.6.2013 Leaving Dubai was great scenery, looking at the dock over from us sat the old QEII which was going to be used for a number of things but has just been sitting in the harbour in Dubai for sometime, though believe it is being well maintained, sailed past the world islands and out in the Gulf of Oman and then down into the Arabian Sea again hugging the coast alongside Oman and Yemen, bit like a cork bobbing up and down for the last two days - bit rough and the pool was actually closed on Tuesday night as there were huge waves in the pool, the captain assures us the pirates are being kept at bay because of the very rough seas!! We have another formal night tonight (12/6) but have to ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab June 3rd 2013

Resumo: apenas relaxando; preparando os próximos passos; Estou bem. Tanto para a Ásia quanto para a África, a melhor conexão viria do Egito. Assim, fui eu novamente para este país que me encantou desde o primeiro dia. Estranho, ao deixar o Egito eu tive a sensação que eu voltaria para lá. Ok, não achei que seria tão cedo assim. rs. Consegui o visto para entrar novamente no país em Eilat-Israel. O visto saiu no mesmo dia. Ufa. Ao cruzar a fronteira para o Egito o 'perrengue' começa. Israel me deixou 'mal acostumada', pois lá tudo funciona. Ok, você paga caro por isso. O moço da alfândega vasculhou TU-DO na minha mochila. Fiquei fácil 30 minutos explicando até os remédios que eu carregava. =( .. depois, o busão quebrou no meio do caminho. O que levaria 2h30 ... read more
Brazilian Flag .. Mt Sinai
Tour to Sinai Mount
Chris .. crazy Brazilian guy

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