Today we started with breakfast. This was after the wakeup call which made it sound like we were late for the tour. No, this was just a wakeup call. Breakfast was normal. I had an omelet, toast, cereal and what passed for doughnuts. I also had orange juice (cold) and hot tea. We were not charged for the drinks at breakfast. I cannot figure why I was charged for tea at lunch. Oh well, I also was not charged for the bottle of water at dinner, unless they know what my cabin is, but I did not have to sign for it as I did the tea at lunch. Strange behavior and the rules seem inconsistent. We met in the lobby and then onto to the bus. It was a short ride to the temple at Edfu.
It was started by Ptolomei and finished after his death. I took pictures of many things including the Mummesum (birthing house) outside of the temple. I took a picture of the altar, columns courtyard, reliefs and a model boat. It was very interesting hearing Romani (our guide) talk about the different reliefs. I will have to try and remember these when I am looking at the pictures.
Egyptians are friendly, but beware the bazaars. I went out to look around the bazaar. Bait and switch is a way of life in addition to strong arm selling. They quote you one price for an item and drag you into the shop. Kim was being tugged one way and I another. She got panicky (rightly so) and went to sit with the guide. I was brave and decided to have another go at this. Yeah, right. She had made the correct choice to wait with the guide.
They start with a handshake then move up to grab your arm. If you are lucky to leave, one arm is 2 inches longer than the other. I really got in one shop with a guy with one eye patch. He shook my hand then had my arm and like a vacuum, I was sucked into his shop. The Le1 garmet became $50 way too high for the item. Le1 was to look at the item. I finally escaped with my wallet, life and longer right arm. I walked up the street and had a similar experience, but not as forceful. Again, I escaped. I was not trying my luck for the third time.
We took a long nap, then lunch and another nap. After the second nap, I decided to look on the street where the ship was docked. Same tactics and before they got started with the arm stretching, I left. I went and read on the deck with the bar. I did not realize that I had locked Kim in the room. This place does not have normal locks and a key is needed to open from the inside. She seemed glad to see me and then I found out why. We decided to brave the bazaar again. Kim asked the police officer where to go. He pointed up the street from where we were. We stopped in a shop and were treated nicely, but price is always the last thing discussed. They want to settle on size, color, quantity and then make you a special price. They never want to price each item. It starts out so high. I start low and only come up to what I am willing to spend. I made an effort to leave several times until I finally started counting out the money that I was willing to spend. I might go up Le5 or $1, but that is all.
We bought Kelsea and Freddie embroidered t-shirts. We each got a galabaya (spelling). Mine has a Kaftan with it for a total of $29. I bought 10 bookmarks for $2. We also got two small perfume bottles for Le20. Last stop was to procure a book for Robert and another Papyrus poster for a total of Le80. He kept wanting to sell for Le85 or Le80 and $1 tip which was in effect Le86. No tip, just the price that I was willing to pay of Le80. Finally he wanted my pen that Greg had given me with my name on it. I was not giving my gift away. I did get the deal done for my price. They tell you to make your bottom line price. I do and stick to it. They do not like dealing this way, but it is what they asked for and I will only go up slightly even when they start trying to change the money from either Dollars to Egyptian Pounds or vice versa. This trick is to confuse you. We finished the shopping and walked back to the ship.
We went up to dinner and ate with Robert and asked Romani, our guide, to join us. It was an interesting conversation about marriage, rules, dating and life in general as it relates between the cultures. Many smoke because their father, grandfather, and uncles smoke. No women smoke except maybe in Cairo. We went back to the room with the prospect of watching Venom, Yuck. I finished writing and then read a little. Tomorrow will be a very early day and a very full day.
The pricing to go to Abydos seems very high @ $135 or $110 for two. I expected it to be more like Abu Simbel $93 per person. I will have to check with Romani about this tomorrow.