Anxiously, we were being driven early this morning to Cairo's International Airport for our approximately one hour flight to Luxor, a small town on the banks of the Nile where thousands of tourists flock every year to glimpse at the land of the Pharaohs and Queens alike.
Upon arrival at Cairo’s airport, we all followed Akram to the domestic flights entrance of the building. There, the security was the same as in any other airport such as the screening, metal detector, etc, however, for the boarding passes we were all given one by our Tour Director which had different Egyptian names written on them. So, throughout my entire tour, every time we flew, I had a different Egyptian name on my boarding pass which was quite unusual, but I guess it was done this way due to the volume of organized tours plus it was much faster. After all, we were on an itinerary!
Once we boarded our plane and as the pilot was getting ready for departure, we passed right next to a junkyard of abandoned 767 jets some of which had caught fire and were beyond repairs. Not exactly a view you would like to see just before take off! However, down the sandy runway we went and then full speed ahead into the awaiting hazy blue sky and not even a single word was whispered inside the plane!
The flight from Cairo to Luxor was uneventful. Looking outside from my seat’s window, we were way above the clouds but as the plane started its descent, the view changed from cottony white clouds to a full picture of the stunning Sahara desert and its huge sand dunes followed by a spectacular view of the Nile River with its emerald green fertile land on both side of it.
As the pilot gradually descended, being sunny and due to the sun’s angle, a dark shadow of the entire plane was projected on the desert land below. By then, my face was glued to the window as I marvelled at it while thinking that I was inside that huge plane’s shadow on the ground but actually I was way, way up in the sky. With the help of the shadow, I was seeing first hand the plane’s descent and its size getting bigger and bigger and bigger as we approached the runway! Funny feeling as so many thoughts passed through my mind at that exact moment, one of them wishing for a safe landing! The joy of flying!
The plane finally landed safely at Luxor’s airport under clapping hands of most of us onboard. Our suitcases were all picked up and then, left behind on several carriages for the tour company to carry to our cruise ship. A waiting bus was then boarded and off we went, not a minute wasted, towards our next adventure in sight!
Thankful for safe landings!