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I hope this entry lets me type more! More impressions of Egypt:
- Not all deserts are equal! Deserts in Egypt are the remains of bottoms of sea beds from centuries ago, and they are all very different. The first day we travelled through the Black Desert with its black volcanic rock overlay of the sand, then through to the White Desert with it's hoodoo-like formations in all sorts of wierd white shapes & sizes, ...
... red lights are simply warnings to slow down. Horns are more effective to keep cars separated by 2-4" from others or pedestrians, and bumpers are occasionally used for a quicker stop. It's better to just jump in a taxi, tell the driver your destination, and then pay what you think is appropriate based on the distance, relative to other trips. If you're too low they'll let you know, but more often they don't complain. This is easier and cheaper ...
... and therefore was the rightful pharaoh of Egypt.
Next, we saw the ruins of another temple not too far away, and then went on to see some naturally-occurring fresh-water springs. The first was called "Cleopatra" and the second "Fatnas Island." Fatnas Island was a beautiful island in the Salt Lake, covered with palm trees, and it had a small natural spring on it. We swam there for a while, and our driver/guide "Uthsman" swam with us, challenged us to ...
... to find our way back towards town.
third day was much better. We rented bikes and did a little tour. First
on the list was the Oracle Temple of Amum where Alexander the Great was
... drove past while we were sitting there, it was just the petroleum truck. The driver of the truck and our driver were transferring gas in a small plastic bucket- this minor error in the day slowed us waay down. We stopped for lunch in a small town- not too delicious but I wasn't picky at the time. When we were about two hours outside Cairo, our bus driver decided to "take a shortcut" which consisted of driving through the barred off area of the road where there ...