Midnight trip towards the other end of Lake Nasser

Trip Start Jan 03, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I had booked the tour to Abu Simbel, one of the oldest tempels in Europe. At the other side of Lake Nasser, the world's largest man-made lake (about 500km in length). The only way was to get there in a convoy that left at 3:30 in the middle of the night. On the bus there I met Dug, an australian dude. Super chill guy! The drive took 3 hours, all the way out into the desert. Got to see a beautiful sunset around 6 in the morning :D Abu Simbel itself was amazing. We weren't allowed to take any pictures inside, so I only took a few ;) It's such an amazing feeling seeing these huge statues in front of you!

On the way back of Abu Simbel we passed by the Aswan high dam, which seperates Lake Nasser from the Nile. This baby is 111 meters high, but I managed to jump off it anyway :D Got to live on the edge!

Near to the Dam is the 'Philae' tempel. Another impressive tempel build for worshipping of the gods. This one could only be reached by boat. It's funny here in Egypt, you pay for you entrance and then you find out you have to take a boat, where you again have to pay for. We're like walking ATM machines here! ;P

I found myself talking to Dug more and and more, even while on the toilet. Had to laugh at one point, since we didn't start talking even though his door was still closed on the toilet and I could still see him. Good times! :D

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