Cruising the Nile, by Don Hogle

Trip Start Oct 31, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2011

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Where I stayed
M/S Monaco
What I did
Kom Ombo

Flag of Egypt  , Aswān,
Monday, November 7, 2011

In the morning, we travel by horse carriage from the ship to Edfu Temple.  Edfu is noteworthy in that the structure is quite well-preserved.  It gives you a sense of what an Egyptian temple – this one to the god Horus – really looked like.

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. There’s even a treatment for erectile dysfunction inscribed on one wall: it involves some opium and the juice of an onion, boiled in a spoon and rubbed on the penis.  Our guide claims it’s quite effective.  Try it at home, if you have a good opium dealer.

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.
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