On the last day I got a massage and pedicure and had a shisha on the beach, pretty awesome last day really before a huge journey back to London. Before that we needed one last blow out, it invloved Egytian dancers, crazy Russians and 97% alcoholic drink, also some nudity and the hotel pool (not me). The bus took about 8 hours to Cairo, we then slept on some cushions at a hotel before heading to the airport. Flew to Istanbul and actually ate Turkish Delights in Turkey!! That was the highlight of my 4 hour stop over in the airport. I absolutley loved Dahab!!! Super chilled place with good vibes.
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We went there at dusk and I’m so glad because it looked so much better at night all lit up. It was all open plan and had a real Roman feel to it and it was made 3000 years ago. There was a huge needle momument at the front which has a sister in Paris which I saw while I was there. It’s hard to believe they carted this momument so far without all this modern technology, blew me away. It was Christmas Eve that night and we were all trying to get into the spirit, we got Santa hats and had a nice buffet dinner together. The next day was spent a wee bit hungover as we all hit up an Irish pub (in Egypt I know) for Christmas celebrations.
The Valley of the Kings was on Christmas day, basically it is a whole bunch of tombs (including King Tutankhamen) in this rock valley which is hidden away. It was good to go see all the tombs that were discovered underground but bit gutting that we couldn’t take photos (again). There was quite an eerie feeling about the place although it is a must see.
Christmas was a little bit of a let down, it didn’t feel like xmas day at all, the afternoon just chilled by the pool and before we knew it we were back on an overnight train to Cairo (on Christmas day, I know it sucked)!!
This was definitely a highlight of the trip to Egypt. We jumped on our Felucca (a traditional wooden sailing boat used on the Nile). We ate some lunch cooked by our lovely guides, they were Nubians which is a different culture/type of people from Egypt, they were very chilled out guys. We then set sail, the felucca is basically made up of one deck that was covered in mattresses, we just hung out, drank beer, read, slept and enjoyed the sun and the Nile.
We stopped at a bay for the night and the crew cooked us dinner and we just listened to music, shared stories and slept under the stars. The next day I slept most of the day on and off, I did however have a dip in the Nile, pretty cool thing to do I think (even if it was a bit chilly). That evening we ate our dinner then all the guides from the feluccas made us a bonfire and brought their drums and their singing voices to the beach.
Even though we didn’t know what they were singing about the music was fun and we all got up and danced around the camp fire. Was sad to say goobye the following morning, we’d all bonded a bit and enjoyed the relaxation. I really enjoyed sleeping on the deck of the boat in my sleeping bag and having the full moon up above. If you are going to do anything apart from the pyramids in Egypt it has got to be this unforgettable experience with the Nubians on the Nile. It was such a fun few days on the calm river with good people.
The hotel in Aswan was lovely and I had probably the best room in the whole place, literally step out and into the pool and that was the first thing I did. We had a lazy day in the sun before we all had to get up at 2.30am the next morning to go to Abu Simbel.
We had a convoy of tourist buses with a police escort as it’s driving through the desert for 3 hours and is deemed quite dangerous, I awoke to see the sunrise over the desert which was impressive. We arrived at 6am to something we didn’t really know anything about but I was so glad to be there.
The spot was beautiful, right by a very large lake with the sun beating down. It was a beautiful temple carved out of a giant rock, we got a short history lesson on it and then free time to explore for an hour or so, there were two temples on the site, both as amazing and impressive as the other. Unfortunately no photos on the inside, but there was lots of little rooms with endless hieroglyphics writing. It was incredible to see how they moved it in the 80’s from one position to another one block at a time, it looked pain painstakingly slow but worth it to preserve this incredible temple.
The next day was a bit of a write off, apart from being incredibly tired I was starting to get sick. After a trip to the chemist and countless cold and flu pills it was time for a sunset camel ride in the desert.
It took about 45 mins to get there and as soon as we got there the sun was setting, it was stunning. The camels were kinda uncomfortable to ride but being on a camel and looking out to the pyramids was awesome. After that we went to see the pyramid light show, it gave a good background but was slightly cheesy.
The second day in Cairo was pretty horrible for me as I was feeling even worse, shakes, fevers, aching and a wicked cough but braved it to get to the Egyptian Museum which has some amazing artefacts and of course the mighty pryamids. They were of course amazing, there is no words to describe them really.
That night we caught an over night train to Aswan. Thoughts on Cairo – go see the pyramids then get the heck outta there, it’s dirty and too spread out to explore on foot.