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... with a new foal and some water buffalo enjoying the cool water. In the afternoon it was a long slow drift with the river current pushing the two feluccas along. The young and fit swam in the river but getting back on board was too much of a challenge for the less nimble of us. There is surprisingly little river traffic, 300 Nile river boats are laid up due to the lack of tourists. Our boats are the only sails all day on the river. Times are hard here with so few ...
... Yup. Big men with big guns. Now, don't go thinking this is due to terrorism or since the revolution in 2011. This procedure has been in place since the 1997 due to terrorism involving tourists. It was put into place at all of Egypt's major tourist monuments, but is only still in place today at Abu Simbel.
Abu Simbel, just like yesterday's Philae Temple, also had to be relocated from the Nile. UNESCO promoted an international relief campaign for the site since the ...
... new location and how it was done and it shows are some of the best pics from inside to look out for!
We have 4 amazing courses by the number one chef on the Nile River- he was given his award while we were there! The food was amazing and I see why he won the award!
After dinner a few of us headed to the pool for a late night swim under the stars. Great way to end a day!
Tomorrow will be a full on day- Philae Temple and Abu ...
... from the afternoon:
- A giant water buffalo (buffalo-ess?) lounging in the water next to a small hut of the farmer that owned her
- Watching Shithouse (aka Shannon #2) "dreadmill swim" against the Nile current, trying to work out some of her pent up energy
- Watching a bunch of our crazy group members jump off the second floor of a facilities boat. Yes, of course Shannon did it
- Smoking "Nile Shisha" (aka ...
... for help to rescue the temple. Thanks to the intervention of the UK / US / world powers, Egypt’s joint effort to relocate the temple was completed in an astonishing 4 years, with the ruins “only” being underwater for less than a year.
The engineering to move it was pretty fascinating: they built two watertight walls underwater, surrounding the ruins. Then, they pumped out the water, revealing the two temples. Then, they chiseled away the mountain ...