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Published: June 14th 2015
I woke up to my bed swaying back and forth and I was disoriented. I looked around and remembered I was on a Felucca in the Nile. I was covered with bug bites and the bug spray I had covered myself with last night did no good. I am fairly certain they were drawn to the bug spray. The crew made breakfast for us which included eggs and bread. We had some time before the boat left so everyone swam in the Nile to clean up and cool off. I watched everyone for a bit before deciding I was in the Nile and couldn't pass up the opportunity. After telling everyone what I was doing and getting some help from Josh and Carey I jumped in. I must admit it was scary but I just had to jump. I landed in the water and Josh and Carey got me back to the surface and I made my way back to the shore. I didn't stay in the water long but I am glad I took the chance. Special thanks to Josh and Carey for their help. It was an interesting experience for someone who doesn't swim to be in the longest
Dancing around the bonfire
Luke, Stephan, Kate, Becks
river in the world.
After all this we continued sailing north and it was a beautiful day to sail. We drank, played cards and other games and just relaxed. It was the most peaceful time of the tour and I slept a bit to catch up on my sleep deficit. There was this one kid on the other boat who was playing drums and he was really good at it. We actually tried to get him into our boat but we were sailing at a distance from each other. Around 5pm we docked for the day near a field with cattles, goats, donkeys etc. One of the poor donkeys was tied up and the rope was tangled around himself. We tried to untangle him but the donkey really did not want to move and we were concerned it was going to kick us. Finally one of the locals took pity and untangled him for us. We met some of the locals and ended up playing a game of soccer with them. The locals were quite good and I can't remember the score but I pretty sure we lost.
After dinner we chatted a bit more on the boat
before gathering around another bonfire where they played music for us. We ended singing and dancing with them and it was quite an enjoyable evening. I have travelled a lot over the last few years but I never thought I would be singing and dancing at bonfire on the banks of the Nile. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I will also mention the wind was blowing very hard that evening and the fire was making the air very smoky. Later that evening as we slept I realize our tour was mostly over now and tomorrow we would return to dry land.
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