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Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
Trip End Sep 11, 2007

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Monday, September 16, 2002

Travel Tip: 234

When sleeping on the bus's backseat, ensure that you position yourself on your back. This will avoid you being catapulted off the backseat into the seat in front when the driver slams the brakes on - whilst doing 3 forward somersaults in a pike position...

Travel Tip: 345

When someone gets on the bus and awakes you from dreams of Kylie Minogue, do not crankingly wake up and yell "What the hell do you want my passport for, I was sleeping"!! Ohhh you're the police, sorry sir here it is!

Well hello hello from Dahab,

Have a lot to talk about so will cut to the chase and give you the nitty gritty. . From Aswan we organized a 2 day and 2 night cruise along the Nile in a Flueka - in short it is just like a sailboat with a . Big arse sail. Now what we got for captains was something that you not expect at all.... Two little Egyptian guys who had smoked way to much weed for the past 25 years sailing up and down the Nile.

The 3 other guys I was travelling with, all felt safe and secure and thought we had a really nice boat until we pulled up for night 1 beside 6 other boats which had nice little things like - lifejackets - fresh paint, captains who were not stoned!! But it turned out that our boat was the place to come across and enjoy the nightlife... if you know what I mean ... wink wink nudge nudge... Please Note: As a good Australian Boy I did not participate in any night activities at all..

As for sleeping, interesting was a word to describe it, from getting up in the middle of night pitch black, running along a plank to the shore to empty the bowels (yes still), running half way to a bush and then realizing you need toilet paper, running back to the boat and up the plank, tripping over someone else a sleep - getting paper and then repeating the process.... Interesting - yes. But the nights are amazing, stars, river, noises of people snoring from across the other boats.... Great experience and a big MUST for anyone coming to Egypt in the future.. Recommend Captain "Jimi Hendrix" - no joke!

For those who have been to Egypt before you will know that you should not swim in the Nile and after reading many guide books who put warnings in big black letters about not swimming in the Nile, one has to wonder why people still do it. Simple, it is 40 degrees and you are on the water for two days.... So I am pleased to say that after about a week of swimming I have not fallen ill or come down with a case of Bhilloriza (little worm that penetrates the skin and settles in for some fun and infects your organs)... So after another couple of days of doing absolutely nothing our trip ended... not before being stranded without bottled water for 5 hours on the 2nd day - bit of miss communication between the organizers and the captains... but we were managed to purchase some on the way and we survived...

So from Edfu where the boat dropped us off, we caught transport to Luxor (after seeing some more frick'n temples) - where we lashed out on our expenses and paid $3 AUD for a room with Air conditioning. Wow did I sleep well. Next day a full day sight-seeing and enjoying the sites and food and hackling with the locals for everything you can think of.

From Luxor we decided to put some solid hours in travel - Luxor to Cairo (13 hours in a bus) crammed next to someone. The worst two parts of the trip was listening and watching a Arabic movie with the volume so loud that gigs I have been too might have been considered quiet! But the worst, was where I sat there was this big LED display clock, so for the 13 hours I watched the clock minute by minute until I finally fell asleep from complete boredom.... Only to be woken up by someone who wanted to check my passport. See above Tips.

So into Cairo at 7am and as I had not seen the Pyramids. So onto a bus at about 9am, where I meet another great Egyptian man (was very dodgy to begin with) but he helped me organise a tour through Giza and then onto Saqquara - a new found friend!. The Pyramids, oh my god! There is nothing like them, you can walk around just in awe of them.... 166 metres high the highest stands and the only question that runs through your mind is "How the fuck did they build them without Grollo managing the project?" - amazing pure amazement! Highlight of Egypt.

So the way to see the Giza Pyramids is to supposedly get a horse and a guide. As I was by myself I organized the guide to take me across to the Sphinx and through the Pyramids. As from today I will be known as Indiana Cormack.... Yes I was galloping through the sands of Giza like a madman out of control...was great fun - even have photos to prove it! Arse is a bit sore today and for the next coulpe of days I predict. Spent a couple of hours wondering around the Pyramids and went into the main one - anyone with a fear of enclose spaces not recommended.

From there caught a transfer to Saqquara which was about 40 minutes away, the best thing about this place was that it was far away there was only a handful of tourists wondering around. Again amazing, and being able wonder around aiminglessly was fantastic! Completely satisfied with my day at the Pyramids (and hardly saw all of them) - back to the bus station to get another 12 hour trip to Dahab and onto Jordan.

As of this morning have had my first Wind Surfing lesson and have nailed it.... Have conquered my first forward roll with a twist (not) - spent more time in the water than on the board but gee it was fun. Dahab is just the equivalent of Bali for Australians... sand, beer, sun and water. Heading off tomorrow for a full day snorkeling and lying on a beach doing nothing ... especially seeing anymore temples...

Indiana Cormack
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