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Jun 2, 2004 - Aswan High Dam, Temple of Philae

Today started with breakfast at the resort. It seems to take 4 or 5 Egyptians to fix a problem or investigate one. The toaster did not work and soon a crowd of service people were there to work on it. Later the Orange Juice went out and it was the same story. No problems and we checked out to wait for our escort and van. The people here is Aswan are competent, but not nearly as good as Sassa and staff in Cairo. No complaints, but just an observation. We arrived at the ship, checked in and then went for a short nap. First tour was at 10:00...

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Jun 2, 2004 - Kom Ombo

It is now time for the trip to Kom Ombo. It was an interesting temple. We saw mummified crocodiles. We also saw a calendar, probably one of the first in history. We saw the Nileometer used to see how far the Nile would flood. During a high flood, taxes went up because more crops were grown. I also saw a snake charmer and photographed the cobra. We also got a chance to sit down and experience playing native music on something similar to a violin. We had cocktails on the ship and dinner about 8:30. It was the slowest dinner and served by...

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Jun 1, 2004 - Aswan Arrival

We arrived at about 8:00 am and were met by a man from the tour office. I think that he was also named Mohammed. He got our luggage collected and the tour van loaded with the three of us. I know that I forgot to mention that Paul, a man from NYC, was now a part of the company's tour. We arrived at the resort hotel - the Basma. It is owned by the tour operator. I knew this and it is one more thing that gave me peace of mind that I was dealing with a reliable company with some financial muscle. We checked in and the TV did not work. The cable...

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May 26, 2004 - Edfu

Got to sleep in until 6:00 today. Off the boat, onto our horse buggies, and on our way to the Temple of Horus in Edfu by 7:30. This temple, dedicated to Horus, the Falcon god, is not only enormous but very well preserved. It is relatively close to the Nile and was affected yearly by the flooding (until the Aswan High Dam was built). So, over the years, mud built up in and around the temple thereby protecting it from people and the elements. We spent about an hour and a half here and were back on our buggies by 9:30. This was just as well as...

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Colin's World Tour

May 24, 2004 - Aswan

Woke up early as the train isn't the most comfortable place to sleep. Had the worst meal of the week (and I thought the dinner the night before was bad) and got ready to get off the train in Aswan. Yesterday was the longest day, in terms of amount of activity, but today would be tough because there were no shower facilities on the train. We waited 45 minutes for the porters to get our bags from the train to the bus (seriously, a five minute walk...we could have dealt with our own bags) and then listened to Amadeus give the porters a ration...

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Colin's World Tour

May 24, 2004 - We Begin Again

Greetings, The days of rest and relaxation are just about over as we pack up and prepare to leve on a 10 hour overnight train to Aswan where we will spend the next two days with our new travel group. There are 12 of us plus our leader. We are impressed already with the organization skills and layout of the next 15 days. our group is made up of people from Australia (where we claim to be from!) New Zealand, Sweden, India (now U.S.) & Ireland. Ages range from 25 to 60's. Seems like a good group. We spent the morning together at Giza pyramids....

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Kandie's Pilgrimage

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