A Convenient Change of Plans
Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Greetings from Luxor, Egypt! This country is far more impressive than i ever thought it would be. I am soaking up the sun, seeing some amazing monuments, getting lost in the Bazaars, learning history that pre-dates the time of Christ, learning about the culture, smoking flavored tobacco and drinking tea among the locals, buying some of the most amazing silver I've ever seen and enjoying every single second!
A few days ago we travelled across the Nile to the opposite bank and up into the hills to have dinner in a Nubian village. Aswan was popular for mining gold at one point and as such the people were called "people of gold" or Nubians (Nub meaning Gold in the Egyptian form of Arabic). Here, we were welcomed into a traditional Nubian home and fed the most luxurious meal of fresh vegetables, pita, eggplant, chicken and fresh green melon. They served us hibiscus juice on silver platters and the women drew henna on us. We sat on the ground on lavish cushions in the middle of a sand filled courtyard.
The women cooking for us were loud a boisterous and welcomed us into their homes. It was quite a treat!
Last night we boarded a Felucca boat (kind of like a flat decked sail boat) and sailed all day along the Nile from Aswan. We stopped for lunch and for dinner and slept under the stars on the deck of the boat. It was pleasantly warm and the gentle rocking of the boat made for a great night's sleep (sort of....). We were awoken at 4:45 am to the sound of prayer calls along the bank of the Nile, but none of us complained - it was truly beautiful! An early start this morning put us in Luxor for a tour of two ancient temples, each of which boasting some of the most detailed heiroglyphics I could have ever dreamed of. Every single inch of these temples was covered with deatiled inscriptions of daily life, sacrifices to the Gods and yearly calendars - all in ancient Egyptian script. One of the temples was taken over by the Christians and as such most of the faces of the Egyptian Gods had been scratched out methodically by the Christian ruler. It was a shame to see, but a very real part of history none-the-less.
Today we had a traditional lunch in Luxor, which landed us in a restaurant around 3pm in the afternoon. I enjoyed a meal of falafal and pita bread, and a quick wander through the fruit market left me with a bag full of mangoes, nectarines and apples for dinner (yum!).
I was harassed a bit more in the Bazaar here, so I ducked into this internet cafe to get away from the knowing glares and comments about my backside (good God!). I was offered 100 camels today. I not-so politely declined. These men are ROWDY. You have to be firm in order to shake them, but no worries, I've been successful.
And now to the subject of this entry's title - A Conveninet Change of Plans. I Have decided that I love Egypt so much that I bumped my flight to Athens back another week in order to tour around the country more. I am hopping a flight to Dahab on Saturday morning, a little Hippie village on the Red Sea Coast. A few people from my tour are heading that way and it looked so damn good I just had to do it - I have to assume I'll never be back here again.
I will be right next to Jordan on the Red Sea at the base of Mount Sinai. Now, I don't know how many of you reading this know much about the Bible, but this is where Moses receieved the Ten Commandments from none other than God himself (at the top of Sinai) and parted the Red Sea after wandering around the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.
Yeah, I've got to see this.