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

The layer of dust lined my skin, which glistened in the sun against the sheen of sweat; the combination resulted in a gritty exfoliation, a treatment available only in Egypt. We were greeted with a barely manageable heat, seeing as we arrived in the late afternoon we knew we were in store for foreboding temperatures over the next two weeks. After introductions to the rest of the group and tour leaders we had a quick wander in our area of Cairo and promptly returned to the hotel. Cairo is a filthy city, the streets are lined with litter, excrement, stray animals and dare I say... stray men. Doing your best to ignore the pedlars at Giza took self-control, which was easily lost with the almost abusive sales pitch and aggressive upselling. The locals were relentless and ... read more
Felucca with Mohammed
Horse riding in Dahab
Waiting for the sunset -Mt Sinai

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 2nd 2012

Whenever you were on the Nile, whatever you saw along the banks, the ever-present ridge of the desert loomed beyond the greenery, walling the floodplain on either side, a long chain of hills both east and west, often with pale chutes of sand spilling down them, blown in from the desert beyond. - Rosemary Mahoney Down The Nile 2007 Alas - blogging for the last couple of weeks has fallen victim to illness, poor to non-existent internet and general laziness. As I sit in a cafe in Istanbul, I'm shocked to discover that blog-wise I am all the way back in Egypt! Time to get serious! Two countries have flown by since then! When last I wrote, we were headed far from the maddening crowds of Cairo, following the Nile south on our way to Aswan. ... read more
Aswan
Aswan Dam
Hallelujah! Singing on the Nile

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 15th 2012

As the sleeper train pulled into the busy Cairo station, I had flashbacks of the filthy overnight trains in Vietnam. We were all pleasantly surprised once inboard, when Jess and I were shown to our private two bed cabin, complete with a dining table, sink and lamps. This was certainly a step up from trains in Asia and everyone in the group was running from room to room excited about how "luxurious" it was, having all spent time in Asia....the simple things!!! As nice as the decor was, it was actually the most uncomfortable of all train travels I've experienced so far. I felt as though I was on an out of control vibrating bed, being thrown this way and that around the carriage. Many of us where still in a zombie like state when we ... read more
Abu Simbel
Feluccas on the Nile
Nubian dinner at JJ's house

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 8th 2012

Below is a Note I had written on my FaceBook page without a lot of fanfare. I am certain that it got lost amongst all the many things I post, but I am just fine with that. I knew that whomever needed to see it, would. And just as that post was a self-indulgent type of release... I suppose this one is too. :) Let me preface this with saying that I am in a much better space with all of this right now. I just thought maybe those of you who are following this blog may want to know why I have been away. Matters of the heart just take precedence, you know? xx Sue Divine "I posted briefly the other night when I broke off an engagement with a most beautiful man. I posted ... read more
Row of Sphinxes

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

My first good sleep so far in the last 3 days has been this overnight train! Fell asleep around 11:30pm and were woken up by the train staff at 8:30am. They got us up in plenty of time for breakfast, re-freshing and then lots of time to sight-see out the window as we came into Aswan! The breakfast again was crappy so we didnt eat much of it. We actually took in the next 2 hours of scenery from the train! It was beautiful along the Nile! So green - lots of banana plants, sugar cane fields, etc. a lot like what I'm used to seeing in the caribbean islands. At 10:30 we got off the train and headed towards our Nile cruise boat where we would be staying the next 3 nights even though we ... read more

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

Aloha from Aswan!! Well, today is my birthday! I decided that because it was my birthday, I could sleep in as late as I wanted and spend the day however it would please me. And then I realized that EVERY day must be my birthday, because I get to do all that on a regular basis!! Today I will commune with the Nile, visit the Sahara Desert, and perhaps take a boat trip to the Temple of Philae. I will spend time with wonderful people and have a day full of laughs and connection. I am wishing you the same! Have a wonderful, joyous day filled with friends, family, fun and laughter. And Happy Birthday! Blessings, Aloha and Namaste, Sue Divine (aka Sue Nehme)... read more

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

Wow did the wind pick up last night!!! Kamikane (wind in Hawaiian) raced through the hills, howling and causing windows to shiver within their frames. Across the Nile, a sheet of white film filled the sky, as the sands of the Sahara were blown about. It's so beautiful and powerful to watch nature cleanse the earth... especially from inside the villa! It was also so hot last night. Such a dichotomy in my mind. Wind = Cool. I am also staying in a newer section of Aswan, where houses are being built and construction is almost non-stop. In fact, they are so nocturnal here that some of the work doesn't start until after sunset - including the jackhammer! Last night was no exception. Bulldozers and large trucks were in and out of the area all night ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan February 21st 2012

Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order to smite. The sounding furrow; for my purpose holds. To sail beyond the sunset and the batts of all the western stars, until I die. (Alfred Lord Tennyson.) Ulysses. If Cairo is frenetic Aswan is tranquil. Nestled below the gigantic Lake Nasser it is charming and scenic. Aswan the main town on one side of the river and a Nubian village, where we are staying, on the other. The two are a contrast, one coloured brown the other painted shades of blue. The cultures are also different, with the aggressive Arabs versus the relaxed Nubians. Our house is a small eight roomed establishment with a view to die for (Beit Al-Kerem): to the front of us is the ... read more
felluca
sunset

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

What the ...??? Yesterday was an interesting day. As usual, Cindy and I knew that we were processing unseen energies. We've been doing a lot of that! :) Normally, in the late morning, I sit with Cindy and Ashraf (my hosts) for tea and discussion which can last several hours. Most of the time, esp when Cindy and I sit and discuss the metaphysical life, we can both feel energies filling up and processing in the background. For me, it often shows up physically as getting lightheaded and sometimes feeling like I am about to leave my body. Or I will get chills up and down my body out of nowhere. Yesterday, instead of sitting together and chatting over tea, we each went our separate ways in the house. Sure there were chats and passing comments, ... read more

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

Aloha! Today is a day for blog entries, to be sure. I have to catch you all up on what's been happening! :) The other day, as my friends Cindy, Ashraf and I sat around sipping tea, we were commenting on what a beautiful day it was. The Nile was calm and deep blue and it was cool outside with a very light wind. Cindy decided it was the perfect day to take me down the Nile River. We met up with their friend Tutu for a cruise. He is a lovely gentleman, very kind and hospitable. There are chairs and a separate place to lounge on the top of his boat. We headed down the Nile, with both Ashraf and Cindy pointing out all the amazing tombs and houses along the way. We encountered several ... read more
Tomb
Tutu and Ashraf on Tutu's Boat
Nubian Village




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