Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
44Trip End Mar 01, 2008
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So, first day in Luxor, went to Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Habu Temple. Extraordinary!! Descending into vividly colored and carved 3000+ year old tombs is indescribable. Once of the highlights was hiking from the Valley of the Kings to the Temple of Hatshepsut over the mountains. Great view of the Theban hills.
So, the focus for today is Luxor. I love it. The city sits on the Nile, which brings cooler, fresh air and is the centerpiece of the city. The whole place feels like a cruise destination/tourist trap. People hawk everything: "allo my friend", "take a look", "you know how much", "very cheap for you"
Two other tourist things: horse-drawn carriages (seriously? in Egypt?) with horses that drivers beat incessently to the point that they fall down (yup, I saw that). The market, which is immaculate and all old looking is the second thing. Walk one minute past El Souq to the real Luxor market and the real chaos and grime returns, complete with live chickens, donkeys, and motorcycles. They don't call you as persistently to look at the alabaster pyramids, atrociously ugly papyrus, or to smell the spices though. I bought some bananas and oranges, and got pretty ripped off. Seriously, it was only by like 20 cents, and I've gotta hand it to the guy. I mean, I can't read Arabic numbers, so I feel like it was justifyable to charge me a bit more.
The hostel has a great rooftop lounge, with views of the sunrise/sunset over the desert hills. Great place to meet people too, and I met some other travelers tonight. It's been fun talking to other people going for several months...its really a lifestyle, and most of them are my age, which is fun. The two other constantly present people on the roof are these two French ladies who have been staying for 3 years and smoke a lot of pot on the roof, and this crazy guy from England who decided yesterday to sell all of his belongings and move to Luxor where he can live on $4000 per year.