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December 25, 2007

Aswan – Dam Food and Feluccas

Filed under: Holidays — scotsabroad @ 7:55 pm

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What a holiday. Can you take a bad photo while in Aswan? From left to right a milkman, bread freshly baked and ready for bagging, another baker’s shop front fuzzing the date,  a carry out to beat the best from Dundee after a few beers and the usual ‘Death on the Nile’ photo taken from our hotel balcony. We are so fortunate to be able to take off and visit places like this. Apart from Lucas getting stuck in the lift for half an hour on our first night at the Movenpick, this was a great week away from Cairo. We did the expected  Felucca sailing on the Nile,  visited the High Dam (a huge disappointment) , the Temple of Philae (awesome – people were rubbing with paper and crayons like kids on drain covers in Scotland) , the Nubian museum (we could touch almost anything) and walked the Corniche and souk/bazaar. Memorable moment: Shona has paid her taxi fare to the Philae entrance site, paid her entrance fee to the temple but, due to the “Egyptian conspiracy of  putting ancient sites on islands” (her words) still needs to negotiate motor boat cost. After lengthy discussions with various boat operators Shona declares,  ‘I want a policeman – this is ridiculous.’  Instantly appears (think Mr. Ben shopkeeper) policeman who duly states, ‘you need to negotiate with a Ferryman’.  Shona adamant that the guide book states trip possible for 27LE return. Secure the services of Karim. Eventually out of the flotilla of motor buses, boats and cruisers appears the most decrepit piece of plywood-with-an-outboard available. The look on Shona and Cairo’s faces was priceless but alas, due to my love of life and not wanting to see a couple of coins up close, not worth sharing. Glorious white-knuckle journey to the island and the envy of all the rest of the tourists on their comfortable (passing) craft –  as they took pictures and placed bets on our survival. Dam I love my wife.

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3 Comments »

  1. MUST remember to show Avril this post. Think she’ll laugh as much as me!!!

    Comment by Wendy — January 2, 2008 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  2. Don’t know what Wendy means!! Doesn’t sound like Shona at all! Avril

    Comment by Avril — January 14, 2008 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  3. That was very funny, good to hear Shona’s on a budget!

    Comment by Gordon — January 27, 2008 @ 1:48 pm | Reply


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