Blogs from Aswan, Upper Egypt, Egypt, Africa


Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan February 2nd 2019

It feels as though Aswan has been welcoming tourists since the concept of tourism was invented. From Churchill to Omar Sharif, everyone has visited and many books have been written about Aswan and the Nile. Aswan gets busier, noisier, more built up every year and yet there is certain unchanging magic about the place. Forty years ago the Old Cataract Hotel was very old, very dusty and unloved. Today the Old Cataract Hotel is proud to be old. It had a major facelift in 2012 and is now “a legend” and it is, once again, beautiful and loved. They have removed the cobwebs but the view of the Nile is unchanged; we see the same view as Agatha Christie saw while writing “Death on the Nile”. Feluccas sail by on the sparkling Nile; palm trees sway ... read more
Obama's cousin
Steering the felucca
Train ticket "queue"

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan August 22nd 2018

Today we sailed, relaxed and swam along the famous Nile river in our felucca. We also enjoyed our evening sleeping under the stars. The Nile The Nile played an important role in shaping the lives and society of Ancient Egypt. It provided the ancient Egyptians with food, transportation, building materials and more. The river flows north through Egypt and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. The names of the two regions of Egypt, Upper (in the south) and Lower Egypt (in the north) come from the flow of the Nile river. The most important thing that the Nile provided to the Ancient Egyptians was fertile land. The black soil along the Nile is rich and good for growing crops. The three most important crops were wheat, flax and papyrus. Flooding of the Nile was through to be ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 29th 2017

I'd been forewarned that Aswan was going to be even quieter than Luxor, and so it was. With no especially famous or important monuments, Aswan is usually a quick stop off on the way to visit Abu Simbel around 300km to the south. Naturally though, this is Egypt and I'm alongside the Nile so inevitably there's some things to see. Aswan is the location of the quarry used all those years ago for the stones that built all the temples and pyramids of Egypt. The ancients being the genius' they were, waited every year for the flooding of the Nile, where the banks would be flooded for six months of the year leaving the farmland un-farmable. The ancients used this to their advantage because it allowed them to sail further away from the river. This is ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 7th 2016

We were up about 6 this morning, finished packing up and checked out of our riverboat cabin. We had a leisurely breakfast, then we said good bye to the MS Dolphin and headed out at 8 am for our tour of Philae Temple. I woke up about 4:30 this morning which a churning stomach, but my friend Immodium has done the trick. Susan has also had similar issues over the past few days which seem to have cleared up now. These types of gastrointestinal upsets are very common in Egypt and hard to avoid. Philae temple (the Temple of Isis at Philae) is dedicated to the goddess Isis. It is a very nice small temple in a very pretty location, perched on Agilika island. It was one of the last pagan temples to operate in Egypt ... read more
Old Cataract Hotel lobby
View from the terrace
Tombs of the Nobles

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 11th 2016

Lol today I was supposed to meet Achmed at 10 so when a different guy came with a car at 10:30 I was confused but I got in…trying to roll with it…and all things went downhill after that. I learned that the cruise itinerary was different, again, than what I had printed on paper. The entrance fees to all places I was told would be between 400 and 450 Egyptian pounds and when Achmed did the math it came to 680….this 5 star cruise does not include drinks lolol…Achmed had no idea about the 3 nights in Luxor that im supposed to have included in this “tour.” JFC (jesus fucking christ) idk why I thought doing a tour would be the best way. Mostly cuz I didn’t have time to plan anything and usually you pay ... read more
ibis i think

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 9th 2016

And so I caught the train at 10 pm and it was supposed to be 12 hours…so 13.5 hours later I was supposed to be met at the train station in Aswan by another guy called Achmed….I was shown his picture even so there would be no problem…I was even given a printed out itinerary so I know exactly what I am supposed to be getting on this so called tour. Well Achmed was there at the train station, just not the one from the picture…that Achmed wasn’t feeling well so Achmed came in Achmed’s place who was supposedly Mohammed’s friend who I was introduced to by Achmed and his friend Mohammed….seems like the beginnings of a joke here. But anyways, Achmed started telling me a different itinerary than what I had printed on this apparently ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan December 3rd 2015

We arrived to Aswan, the most southernmost largest city in Egypt shortly after midnight. We stayed at the Keylany Hotel ($34) one block in from the Nile River and arranged our trip to Abu Simbel ($15) which departed in a few short hours at 0300. Abu Simbel is regarded as the most impressive of all the sights in Egypt next to the Pyramids of Giza. There is a daily armed convoy that drives to the location 300 km from Aswan, across the vast and empty Sahara desert. Abu Simbel is only 25 miles from the border of Sudan, in the area known as Nubia. Nubia is a geographic cultural location that lies in the Nile River valley spanning southern Egypt and Northern Sudan. We departed on the convoy, which consisted of 20 or so tour buses, ... read more
Abu Simbel
Felucca sail
Aswan tombs

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 28th 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 ... read more
Dancing around the bonfire
Felucca boat

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 27th 2015

Abu Simbel is the monument to visit today. 3AM wakeup call to join a security convoy. All tours going to Abu Simbel are required to join a security convoy. One leaving at 4AM and the other around noon. Zizo advised us that the convoys are both for security and maintenance sake because the lack of repair stations along the way, a bus that broke down could be stuck in the hot sun for hours. The convoys have a spare bus and maintenance teams in them to get everyone moving again. Breakfast was provided in a box from the hotel and it had bread, sandwich meat, juice box and crisps. Everyone was on the bus but 1 person and it took about 3 hours to get there. On the way south we crossed the tropic of cancer ... read more
Ramses II

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 29th 2014

Ukrcaj na trajekt za Sudan je jedno od onih iskustava koja dok traju su noćna mora a onda jednog dana davite unuke svojim pričama. Procedura počinje u 8 ujutro kad se u luci počnu skupljati ljudi koji na glavi nose torbe, frižidere, televizore, ormare, veš mašine i sličnu crno bijelu tehniku koje očito fali u Sudanu. Kad se skupi jedno 700.ak ljudi dolazi službenik koji krene sve ručno popisivati. Onda se par sati ne dogodi baš ništa. Negdje oko 14 sati onaj isti Ahmed otvara šalter i nastaje stampedo. U jednom trenutku jednu žena daje veliku šamar činu Ahmedu, on njoj te nastaje opća tučnjava. Tada stiže granična policija i pendreči sudionike, ali i nas promatrače, sve se brzo smiruje i nastavlja po protokolu. Tad se konačno ukazuje naš „pomagač“ i kaže da izađemo iz reda ... read more
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