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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
Vip loža

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 » 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 » 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 » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 15th 2013

Well we were out to it almost all night thanks to good earplugs and sleeping tablet each. We were so tired and the sleeper train beds were actually pretty comfy considering what we were expecting from the look of the outside of the train. After eating dinner they came in and converted our cabin to bunks. I feel asleep as you have just read while Ben was writing the blog and then settled in when he woke me up to get ready for bed! I only woke once at 6am to go to the loo which was on sonstant flush stuck somehow and the whole cubicle was flooded which was a lovely experience! Then back to bed and I faintly heard a knock on our door while I was dozing at 8am but ignored it which ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 6th 2013

Our sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan was interesting. Apparently its mostly tourists that take it as it is too expensive for most Egyptians to travel on. It wasn´t the nicest train ever, but it wasn´t the worst either. I´d say the train I took in Thailand was much less comfortable. We had our own cabins with two bunks in each with a little sink and mirror. A mostly functioning toilet at the end of the car. It provided the necessities with a degree of privacy for everyone. I think the biggest drawback was that it was noisy. Everything rattled. Once you got over the noise though, it was alright. The bunks were surprisingly comfortable. When we arrived, we didn´t even miss a beat and headed over to check out Philae temple. We took a little ... read more
Sorting it out on the train
Heiroglyphs in Philae Temple

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

Ahmed joined us again this morning when we met Hussein to arrange the transfer of our luggage to the Mövenpick Hotel on Elephantine Island and advise us that our Cairo hotel has been changed from the Hilton in the city to Le Meridien Pyramids out at Giza. Even before we left Australia we thought that this could happen because the Hilton is very close to Tahrir Square. After seeing just how close the Hilton was to the buildings that were damaged in the revolution of 25 January 2011 when we visited the Egyptian Museum, we thought it even more likely that we might be relocated to the hotel at Giza when we returned to Cairo. Of course our return to Cairo coincides exactly with the second anniversary of the uprising against President Mubarak. With our bags ... read more
Temple of Isis Philae Island
Temple of Isis Philae Island 2
Temple of Isis Philae Island 3

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 13th 2012

We awake around 9.30 in the morning. It has been such an amazing sleep. The best I've slept in such a long time. The farmers have been by this morning because now there is a donkey and its baby on the grass where we are docked. I try a couple of times to pat the donkey but they don't really like us getting close. Right toilet time, the thing we dread the most. It involves grabbing some TP paper, heading off the boat and popping a squat behind a bush. It's not glamourious but that's the only down side to the felucca. We have our breakfast which is delicious. Then we sail off. It's beautiful and calming. We dock at a beach for lunch. There are 3 children on the beach with a donkey and a ... read more
Music and Bonfire Madness
The Haka

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