Walk like an Egyptian - dirty and hot

Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Luxor, Egypt. From Dahab I took a 16 hour bus ride to Luxor. The landscape of the Sinai was harsh and unforgiving, and full of literary clichés (see before). Bedouin people have lived here for 100's, if not 1000's of years. It is also an area prone to political unrest and violence, which was the reason given for the constant military checkpoints we went through along the way. After a long haul, we finally arrived in Luxor.

I'll come to the point - I did not like Luxor. It was hot, dirty, dusty, and there was a lot of hassle. The sights were amazing. The entire Egypt section of my Ancient History course was in front of my eyes - Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Habu Temple, Hapshepsut's Temple, and more. It was almost overwhelming. However, the modern town of Luxor, perhaps inevitably, is a small, sad shadow its former glory.

While in Luxor, I stayed at the Happy Land Hotel. A decent enough little place, I would like to take this opportunity to declare that the huge, waist-high, yellow stain on the sheet was from a spilled can of Mango Miranda. Nothing else.

Some of the highlights of Luxor:
· the incredible paintings in the tomb of Ramses I
· The stick figure like paintings in rows in the tomb of Tuthmosis III
· The live sized engravings and paintings in the tomb of Ramses III
· The Temple of Hapshepsut
· The lame "Traditional Alabaster Artisan and Giftshop" stop on the tour.
· Caleche? Where are you going? Where are you from? Hello. Hello! HELLO MISTER!
· Finding my own way out to Karnak along the ruins of the Alley of the Sphinxes
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