Package Tour Departing Aswan

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The tour package that Nasser arranged for me began this morning with a flight to Aswan. There I was met by Mamoud my guide for the next 4 days throughout Aswan and Luxor. Upon arrival he showed me the High Dam built by the first president of Egypt in 1960 and finished in 1971 by Sadat. It required USSR funding to complete the project, measures 500km in length, 980m wide and consists of 12 hydraulic turbines supplying power to all of Egypt. The water supply comes from Lake Victoria in Uganda and Lake Tana from Sudan via the White and Blue Nile respectively. It created the manmade lake of Nasser named after the president himself. The only drawback was that once they built the dam they realized that they were flooding all of the nearby temples. So they had to cut all of the temples and relocate them to areas further inland.

We saw this first in the case of the Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis, mother of Horus, Goddess of magic, motherhood and love. Construction started in 332BC and was completed in 30BC and took 12 years to transport to a dry place on the Nile in Aswan.

That afternoon we arrived to the cruise ship Monaco, but rather than eat the already paid for buffet, I opted for an authentic Nubian meal. The Nubians are a separate race from ancient Egypt, of a darker skin color who cohabitate with the Egyptians from Aswan to the border of Sudan. They speak their own tongue and are prohibited from marrying outside of the Nubian race. On a mini speedboat, we cruised to a local Nubian village where the lady prepared a nice soup with pilaf, potatoes, canned vegetables, a couple of dried out meat sausage and chicken wings and some really soft pita style bread. I had to avoid thinking about the sanitation conditions if I were going to succeed in keeping the food down. But all good.

In commute back to the ship we passed a Nubian bachelor party. Three boats filled with Nubian men, dancing and partying on the rooftops. It was quite a sight to see. I wondered how they could get so rowdy without the use of alcohol.

I was back to the ship around 4:00PM for a lovely four hour siesta and then to dinner. At dinner I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the girls on the Top Deck tour, which was the tour I was meant to book but didn't because I wanted to be on a cruise ship instead of a Feluca. As it turned out they were all provided with the option to upgrade and this is the same cruise I would’ve been on for probably half of the price. Cest la vie.
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