In a convoy

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March 31st 2006
Published: June 16th 2017
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This is Tutankumen's temple
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Our wake-up call this morning was at 3am, I hate early mornings. We weren't allowed to be late, otherwise the convoy leaves without us and we miss out. 10 years ago tourists were shot by terrorists, so the only way to get there is to be in a convoy. Three hours later we arrived. I got quite a bit of sleep on the bus which was good. There are two huge temples here. Ramses II and Nefertitis- his favourite wife of 62. Both temples were built near the dam and in 1967 were moved up the hill to higher ground. One of the heads of Ramses fell off during an earthquake and they have left it on the ground. Nefertitis was built first and is much smaller than Ramses. Both were decorated 4,000 years ago during the Middle Kingdom. It is decorated with paint and carvings. 3 hours later we were back in Aswan eating lunch on our boat.
We then hit the market to buy galabeya's for our fancy dress party. Did some serious bargaining, 60 pounds down to 20 for the galabeya and 180 pounds down to 20 for a toy camel. There were four girls and one
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This is Nefertiti's temple
guy who got lots of attention because he had 4 girls with him. He was called Casanova, asked if he needed some viagra (which can be bought over the counter here), asked how many camels for us, etc.
After dinner smuggled drinks up to the deck.

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This is the market at Aswan

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