Cruising the Nile, by Don Hogle
Trip Start Oct 31, 2011
13Trip End Nov 14, 2011
On our return to the ship, we discover that the cabin boys have taken towel art to a whole new level: a monkey with toilet paper head and tail hangs in the entranceway as we open our doors. The boys stand in the hall, waiting to see my reaction as I enter and are thrilled with my delight. "You like?" one of them says, grinning ear to ear. “Is monkey."
Further upriver, we visit Kom Ombo Temple in the late afternoon. This was a healing temple – perhaps the world's first hospital – and has some wonderful hieroglyphs depicting the doctors’ instruments, which look surprisingly familiar, including a stethoscope
That night after dinner, we’re treated to a Nubian Show on the ship with music and dancers and the usual embarrassing audience participation. We’re entertainment ourselves, as most of us have dressed in gallibiyas – the long robe that Egyptian men traditionally wear. The much larger French group, with whom we share the boat, applauds us as we walk into the bar.