Trip Start Oct 07, 2007
Trip End Oct 31, 2007

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Plan: Golden Mummies Museum, Amasis Temples, 26th Dynasty Penantio Tomb, Captain William's English House, Lake Bahariyya, Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, & White Desert.
Hotel: Nope! Camping! Wide open sky... starry night.

Who would have thought sand was so colourful? We have seen black, white, orange, yellow, red, purple and even some that seemed to have a green sheen. There is no such thing as two identical deserts, although I may have thought so before this trip. They are as different as snow flakes, and we were priviledged to have a great guide and driver to introduce us to the tip of this wonderful place.

There is something about the remoteness of the desert that is completely unexplainable, and also something we didn't experience our first night in the White Desert.

It is actually a National Park, and really popular camping ground. Although it is huge, there are obviously areas that are more in demand, and because of the wide open spaces, sound travels.

What was cool about the night though, was the amazing sun set, the moon, and the stars. Ben saw the Milky way for the first time, and I saw numerous shooting stars. 

Dinner was roasted chicken and rice, and the smell attrached the local desert fox (adorable, the size of a small cat, and not the least bit dangerous) but our camp wasn't big enough to compete for their attention for long.

After eating, we got to talking about music, and Rado revealed that his favourite English singers include Celine Dion (his ring tone, which goes off at the most hilarious moments) Michael Bolton, among others. The most surreal moment, however, happened when he said "Do you know this song?" and played a song that I only know how to refer to as "Snookem-snore."  I scared them both, as they later refered to the bomb that went off, but I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe and almost peed. The song was a gag song sang by a little kid that Ben had sent me years ago in an E-card with a teddy bear animation. SO random.

The evening wasn't complete without a fierce game of "Coup Ferrer" as Rado calls it, and Wael and I led, what turned out to be week long series.

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