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Published: January 27th 2011
I know I never addressed the abrupt stop to my blogs when I was backpacking through Europe back in 2008, so I want to quickly explain now. The day my blog stopped was the day I had received news that my grandfather had died suddenly of a heart attack back home. I just couldn't find the strength at the time to write about that tear-filled day. I loved my grandfather very much and wanted to be with my family, yet I knew that my grandfather would rather me stay in his home country of Ireland. Similarly, I didn't feel it would be decent to skip over that day either, so consumed by emotion, I stopped blogging and just phoned home every few days as I continued my travels. I hope you all understand. I do admit now, as I read over the blogs from the beginning of my Europe trip, that it would have been really nice to be able to look back and read about each of my days in France, Spain, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
That being said, I'm planning my next trip and fully plan on using my blog while I travel. Especially since the destination is Egypt :-) It'll be an incredibly memorable 10 days filled with all sorts of history and culture. Contrary to my previous travels, I'm not travelling alone (to my mother's relief). I will be going on this adventure with my boyfriend, Michael. I'm so lucky to have met someone like Michael, who genuinely shares my passion for travel. He's seen quite a few unique places himself including Brazil and South Africa (I'm jealous!).
As I'm working long hours I really appreciate having this trip to look forward to. Michael and I really can't wait. I bought a text book "The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt" and every date we've had since we've booked our trip has turned into some sort of history lesson on Ancient Egypt. Maps and guidebooks cover the kitchen table. It's exciting.
Before I left for Europe for 3 months, I planned and researched and pulled together a fairly detailed itinerary. It took me as long as the flight from Philadelphia to London to realize that that wasn't how I wanted to travel. I wanted to go where the wind took me and my itinerary ended up in one of the trash bins in Heathrow airport. I realize that style of travel doesn't work as well in Egypt as it did throughout the train abundant European Union. Trains run much less frequently and air travel within the country is monopolized by Egypt Air. Not to mention, Michael likes to have a plan.
That being said, we've pulled together the following itinerary of cities we plan to see. We made sure we made plenty of time for us to see each of these places thoroughly (3 days in Cairo, 2 1/2 in Luxor). If anyone has lived or travelled to Egypt, we'd love advice on places to see and eat, experiences to savor, means of travel, cultural precautions, etc. Let us know your thoughts!
Day 1 - Depart from Philadelphia
Day 2 - Arrive in Paris (8 hr layover) / Arrive in Cairo
Day 3 - Cairo (Giza)
Day 4 - Aswan
Day 5 - Abu Simbel / Luxor
Day 6 - Luxor (Valley of the Kings)
Day 7 - Luxor (Karnack and Luxor Temples)
Day 8 - Cairo
Day 9 - Cairo
Day 10 - Fly home to Philadelphia
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