Wow! That was amazing!

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2012

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Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Monday, April 2, 2012

****I have been having some trouble uploading pictures with the app for this blog site. In order to avoid having people think something has happened and that is why I'm not posting ( la Africa),I have decided to just post the entries and add pictures at a later date when possible. Whenever I get the chance to add them, the entry should be marked as "updated" when you check the list of entries. I apologize for not being able to add the more exciting part of my blog!****

Well today will certainly go down as a highlight for any trip we go on - our excursion to Abu Simbel. Our wakeup call came at 3:15 this morning as we needed to meet at 4am to head out and join the convoy on it's way to Abu Simbel. Since we have such a small group, the mini vans we travel in are amazing. They are designed for at least 25+ people so we all got a row to ourselves and were able to stretch out and sleep the whole way there. It was about a 3 hour drive so it was nice to get in a little more shut eye. After lining up to get our tickets, we headed in to the area of the two temples. Seeing the temple of Ramses II is jaw dropping it is so big. Before we went inside, our guide gave us a short talk explaining the background history of the temples. Both were built during the period of 1274-1244BCE. Next to his temple, is the Temple of Hathor, a smaller temple built in honour of his wife Nefertari. In the 1960s, when the building of the great dam was taking place, the Egyptian government realized that Lake Nasser would flood and destroy the temples completely. They joined up with UNESCO and started this crazy project to relocate 18 different temples to safer grounds. Basically, the two temples were cut apart piece by piece and moved to higher ground and reassembled. When you see the size of the temples you realize how incredible this was. We had a chance to walk around inside the temples and see the paintings and reliefs that have been left behind. Amazing! Unfortunately, no cameras allowed inside the temples so we had to buy some instead. Since tourism is down here as well, we were able to really get a look inside and out without anyone in the way.
We slept again the whole way back, and after having some lunch, we spent the afternoon walking around the market again. Chris was also able to get a haircut and spent the afternoon walking around being called "Casanova" because he was awaking around with a group of women. It was pretty funny!
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I REALLY need to keep Egypt on my "bucket list". Sounds fantastic......but now I have to get back to my boring life.

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