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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan August 31st 2012

Are there people out there who feel sorry for me? I had to get up at 3 AM to catch a bus that would drive us 3 hours to Abu Simbel. Of course I slept on the bus, I tried to at least. But that was not the worst part; on our way back, our convoy (the bus) got a flat tire. Guess where? In the desert. Yay! *rolling eyes*. But enough about my complaints that just stands in the way of you reading my experiences in and about Abu Simbel. As I said, we had to get up early to get a convoy to Abu Simbel. Of course, there was other convoys going to Abu Simbel at 11 AM, but the sun would be so strong that you could barely stand the heat. It was ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan August 16th 2012

PHOTOS SOON(DEUTSCH UND FOTOS BALD) "...I was washing my toothbrush with that water?" that's what I was thinking as I seen the river in Cairo, Egypt. Hello everyone for yet another blog. The rest of Istanbul was nice - I even got to take a cruise to the Black Sea, and you'll be glad to hear that noone was stabbed on that ferry. I also got to try "Raki" which tasted alot like Sambucca, but with 20 times worse the headache the next morning. And that was just one shot and sipping it over 40min! The day of my flight was hectic. I had maybe 4hrs sleep from the night before, a headache(Raki), rushed to hospital to take the stitches out(for free), then rushed to airport, ran to the plane as I seen "FINAL CALL" in ... read more
Step Pyramid
Giza Pyramid

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan July 20th 2012

Spent my last day going around to a few remaining places in town. The first stop was the Unfinished Obelisk. Since ancient times, Aswan has been known for its quarries, and most of the stone of all the Egyptian monuments originally came from this area. The Unfinished Obelisk was just one day abandoned because of a crack, but it would've been the single largest obelisk made by the Egyptians. Then drove down to the High Dam. An interesting place, especially given the history. During the over 10 years it took to build the dam, an undocumented number of workers died, some by explosions, others by horrible snake bites. And I didn't know that the High Dam was actually the second dam - the first is from 1902 and is closer to Aswan. Ended at probably the ... read more
Unfinished Obelisk
A Nice Dam View
The Dam Power Supply

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan July 19th 2012

After the pyramids, probably my favorite day in Egypt. Set off with a driver at 11ish for the 3 hour drive South to Abu Simbel. The landscape in this part of the country is nothing but desert - vast, endless plains of sand. At one point, it was 115 F outside the car, and mirages were beginning to appear on the horizon. They really did look like water, and you could see how they could easily lead you astray. Abu Simbel really is the absolute last major Egyptian site mainly because of geography. It sits only about 30 minutes from the Sudanese border. Got in at around 2, and had 2 hours at the actual temple. This was Ramses II's greatest and most ostentatious temple in all of Egypt, and served as a type of gate ... read more
Approaching the Temple
Looking Up
At the Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan July 18th 2012

Convenient being already on Elephantine Island, since this is the oldest part of Aswan. So today I basically just walked down the island. But some interesting things happened along the way. Once you leave the Movenpick you immediately hit two Nubian villages, which are beautiful enough in their way - mudbrick houses, with some farmland attached to them, and a bunch of goats, sheep, and donkeys wandering around. I was led through the villages by a nice young Nubian, and this half-naked little Nubian boy who followed about 10 yards behind me, and was carrying this gigantic walking stick. I found the whole situation very funny and had a grin the entire time. But I was led right up to the gate that goes into the site of Ancient Abu, what this area was at one ... read more
At Ancient Abu
Inside One of the Many Temples
The Vast Wasteland of Abu

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan July 17th 2012

Same guy, a nice older man, drove me down to Aswan today, which is about 4 hours away. We stopped at two places along the way. First in Edfu (2 hours from Luxor) at the absolutely incredible Temple of Horus. This is so far my favorite temple in Egypt. While the other temples I've been to are truly open-air, the Temple of Horus actually has a roof, and the play of light and shadow on the columns in the main hypostyle hall was truly spectacular. Also at Edfu there are chambers that wander off into the shadows, secret rooms, and a pair of stairs that lead nowhere. This is the type of place that was made for exploring, Indiana Jones style. This is all straight down the Nile by the way; never really lost sight of ... read more
Detail of the Reliefs
Statue of Horus
Light in the Hypostyle Hall

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan June 25th 2012

Last night the streets were filled with thousands and thousands of Egyptians, all of whom came out to celebrate (at least where I was) the first free election of the new president, Mursi. The word is that Mursi is not of a military background, but is instead a doctor, a thought which brings hope to some, though his tight ties with *corrected information inserted here* Muslim Brotherhood worry others. I've been trying to make sense of it all from first person, that's why I've been somewhat confused, so read here: url= You should have seen it, it was the biggest party I have ever seen in my life. Women in full burkas and women without, flags waving everywhere... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 23rd 2012

Morning! Yesterday we travelled on a felucca to Philae Temple which is an island which has three temples on it. One roman, greek and egyptian. Its amazing to see how big they are and the detail of the carvings is awesome. Even after thousands of years u can still c the quality of the craftsmanship. The whole site actually needed to be moved piece by piece from its original location due to the danger of flooding from the nile. The whole process took 8 years. The heads of the egyptian kings had been ruined by the french or british i think. They thought that if they destroyed the holy sites of:the local egyptian religous sites that they would become christians. After this we went to a market. We just bought some water n snacks. We have ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 23rd 2012

Wow what an awesome day! Started with a 330am wake up call for our 3 hr bus ride to Abu simbel. We travelled in a convoy of 15 buses with a military escort. The reason for the early departure is due to the extreme hot weather. It got to approx 45 today. We arrived at Abu Simbel in which the main attraction is a templ which has 4 statues of the great Ramses 2. There is also a temple for Ramses favourite wife Nefertari, he actually had many wives and approx 150 children!. The statues of Ramses II would have been approx 30 - 40 metres high. The whole site has actually been moved from its original location which is 66 metres below its current location. This process took two years to complete with lots of ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 22nd 2012

hey hey! Yesterday we went to visit the egyptian museum which has over 100 thousand artefacts. Tutankamen wasnt as famous as some of the other pharaohs however his collection of treasure that was buried with him has been preserved and kept together. He had three massive rooms of treasure. It makes you wonder if the more famous tombs of pharaohs like ramses ll hadnt been piliged how much treasure there must have been. The most fascinatingpiece was Tutankamens famous mask which was solid gold and perfectly hand crafted. Next we were off to see the great pyramids of giza. The sheer size of them is overwhelming, to know that no modern cranes were used during construction. Each block depending on its size was approx 2.5 tonne. Shama got to go into one of the pyramids. The ... read more

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