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May 17, 2010 - Dams, Botanical Gardens and an angry mob!

Today we made two small trips - one to see the dams that have made such a difference to this country, the other to visit an island in the river given over to a botanical garden. Before the dams were built, the life-giving annual floods of the Nile, following the rains in the mountains of Ethiopia, were unpredictable, some years destroying entire crops if the flood was too great, other years leading to drought and famine if it was too small. The idea of a dam was to regulate the flood and provide a store of fresh water that could be...

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May 17, 2010 - High dam & botanical gardens

We woke up early at 6:00 and got a taxi to the high dam. The high dam is where Lake Nasser (the biggest man made lake in the world) meets the river Nile (The biggest river in the world). The high dam stops the Lake Nasser from overflowing and causing floods. The high dam is the biggest dam in the world and is as long as Lake Nasser is wide. The dam is very tall and big and when built it doubled the amount of electricity in Egypt. You can see for miles on the dam. We then got a taxi to the market, called a souq. The market is huge. The...

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May 16, 2010 - Nubian village...sort of

We'd booked a trip with Ahmed to go and see a Nubian village. Nubian culture is quite seperate to Egyptian and we were interested to see it. After our experience with Ali, we were probably a little too trusting and didn't ask about the price before setting off. Anyway, we set out early and the light, the quiet and relative cool were all lovely. As often seems to be the case with these trips, the ride on the river to get there was the best part. The river is very pretty in this area, flowing round various islands, some lush, others...

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May 16, 2010 - Nubian village

We got up early at 6:00 am and had a packed breakfast then arrived at the docks at 7:00 am. We then got a motor boat to crocodile island. On the way I spotted two crocodiles. It took 1 hour going through the Nile to get there. Ahmed showed us the crocodile house. It was part of a Nubian village. The floor was made of sand. And for some reason there was a coco cola machine in the house. And a shop. There was a three meter long cage with three crocodiles sleeping. They had green scaly skin and big white teeth. They looked fearsome even if...

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May 15, 2010 - Move to Aswan

Today we moved to Aswan. It's 3 hours by train south. It's a smaller, quieter town than Luxor and promised to be more relaxing than Luxor. It would also be a little hotter. The journey was ok, if not quite smooth. The train was around an hour late - not bad by local standards, considering it had come from Cairo. Our 1st class (hardly any more than 2nd class, so why not?) compartment was huge and air-conditioned, with a coffee table in the middle. The trouble is, it had "fragrance issues" and was so heavily air conditioned that we had to get...

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May 15, 2010 - We arrive at Aswan

We woke up early at 6:00 and left our hotel. We then got a taxi to the train station. The train was delayed by 2 hours. The train station was old fashioned and run down with old rusty trains everywhere. When our train arrived it smelled of old cigarette smoke. The train was also musty and run down. Our compartment had a window. When we arrived we got a taxi from Ahmed to Keylany hotel. It was medium sized with a bathroom, 3 beds, a balcony and a TV in each room. They also had a full sized pool table, an Internet cafe and a plunge pool. But...

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May 6, 2010 - Luxor

May 6 The Nubian dinner was a great night- We took a motorized felucca boat to Elephantine Island where 2 different villages of Nubian people live. We were shown around the village and the home where we were to have dinner. The dinner was a few different vegetable dishes, fish, chicken, and Nubian style bread. We had a performance of singing and dancing by the local children and then tea and went back to our hotel. It was a full day and we were all exhausted, and we had a very early start the next morning. The group decided to take a side...

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Mar 25, 2010 - Aswan, Egypt

It's been a whirlwind tour - all great sights. Internet access is difficult to find. We have a wonderful group - one person from Belgium, two from Australia, two from Scotland, and the rest are Canadians and Americans. We saw the Pyramids and after an overnight train ride, we arrived in Aswan. Today we had a short airplane ride to Abu Simbel to see Ramses II tombs. Tomorrow we get on the boat for the Nile Cruise. Here are some photos from the past few days. Weather has been comfortable - not too hot! Delicious food and wonderful pastries!

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Jan 17, 2010 - Sharm-El Sheik

Here we are at Sharm-El-Sheik. Finally a sleep in - got up at 8.30 (yes still early) headed for the Russian banquet hall for breakfast! Lost my appetite so we sat by the pool until lunch time. Instead of heading for lunch we decided to hit the beach as the Russians would have all left to swarm the restaurant - yes they did- so the beach was empty. We had a lovely time. The girls and I snorkled in the Red Sea - cold to start but it warmed up pretty quick! As we got closer to the reef edge, the water got darker, but the number of fish...

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Jan 15, 2010 - Aswan

Time to check out - packed up and shipped off the boat by 8 a.m. Went on a felluca ride on the Nile on a boat "Blue Moon". Our two Nubian sailors sang a couple of songs - not sure who was steering the boat but we arrived safely. We then jumped on the bus and drove to the Philae Temple (dedicated to the goddess Isis.) A short boat ride and we wandered around the temple. Hieroglyphics all starting to look the same. Philae is the largest of three islands at the South end of the group of rocks that compose the First Cataract and is 400 m long...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Abu Simble

Side trip to Abu Simble. Joined up with 2 other tour groups - making it hard to stick together on buses/planes. Got lucky (or ran fast) & managed the trip there and back seated together. First port of call was the High Dam - Nile River ones side with a hydro station - Lake Nasser the other. An amazing engineering feat. Got to the Aswan Airport - I think the pilot was a fighter pilot as he gunned the engines, got us up quickly then sharp bank left. No sooner were up than we were back down! 10 min drive to Abu Simble. As we walked around the...

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Dec 26, 2009 - Christmas on the felucca

CHRISTMAS DAY (warning: this is a very long entry, but just about the most interesting thing we have done, other than the days in the desert) PARENTS This was a good day. In spite of all the boys' worries, they were truly joyous that Christmas day had arrived. They were joyous for the day itself and genuinely thrilled with both the quantity and quality of presents. We had been teasing them that Santa was going to bring them a pencil for Christmas because when they made Christmas stockings out of paper, Ben commented his wasn't big enough...

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