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Postcards from Egypt

Here are my postcards from Egypt. There are a lot so it took some time to get them all uploaded. Hope you enjoy them! You can read about my trip to Egypt here.

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Temple of Horus at Edfu

8/3/11

I woke up exhausted. This morning we were heading to the Temple of Horus aka Temple of Hours at Edfu aka Temple of Edfu. We had to have an early start to beat the heat and make it to Luxor on time. There was no time for breakfast so I ate my cereal in the lobby. We grabbed water bottles and walked to our horse and buggies, which are called calashes. Mike, Sonja, Nicole, and I got into #54 because it had a plastic seat. Mike sat by the driver because Sherif had told us girls we shouldn’t. As we rode we got to see typical Egyptian life. Lots of people were waiting in line for bread for dinner.

Edfu from my window

Edfu from my window

Edfu from my window

Calash

Calash

We pulled into an area in front of the Temple of Horus. We were the first ones into the complex and we actually had to wait a minute or two until the temple opened. Paul, Sonja, and I walked in front with Sherif. It was great because we were able to get pictures without anyone being in our way. We all took pictures for a while and then Sherif talked to us about the temple and the outside. It was a shame that people cut holes into the entrance wall because they were living there.

I spy the Temple of Horus

Temple of Horus

Temple of Horus

We then went into the main courtyard where there were statues of falcons. We went further back into a dark room that was somewhat destroyed due to the fires of the Christian squatters. Sherif had me read the part before the cartouches aka Sa Ra (son of Ra/Re) and Nisut Bati (King of Upper and Lower Egypt). In addition, he asked me to the read the name Ptolemis aka Ptolemy. We went further back into the sanctuary where there was a boat used for ceremonies. To the right there was a great image of Nut on the ceiling. A room close by had images of the gods going up the stairs. When we went to the left of the sanctuary there were images of the gods embracing Ptolemy. There was also another staircase showing the gods coming down the stairs. We went into a hall where Sherif showed us the glyphs for 100 (a spiral) and for a village. We came across my favorite image, which is Ptolemy being crowned King of Upper and Lower Egypt. I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing this image in person! He also showed us where the Egyptians used to tie up their animals to the temple walls. That was pretty cool.

Ptolemis aka Ptolemy

Life and Dominion

Nut

Heading upstairs

King of Upper and Lower Egypt

Heading downstairs

Horus and Ptolemy

Being crowned King of Upper and Lower Egypt

Next we moved to another hall, which records the first play about Osiris, Isis, Horus, and Seth. In the end Horus is victorious. My favorite image was of all the “actors” holding hands and bowing. Before we left Sherif pointed out the huge images of the pharaoh participating in ceremonies. These images acted like a big screen TV for people who came to see the ceremonies. He then took us to the side and walked us through the rest of our day. He explained to us about the guys throwing stuff on the boat near the Esna locks so they can sell it to us. I already knew about this so I didn’t really listen.

Final scene. That’s Horus and Seth (he’s being harpooned)

Gods/Actors about to take a bow

Ramadan Lamps

We boarded our calash and by accident I dropped Michael’s water into the street. O well! We board the boat and it was time to sail to Esna and Luxor.

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Dancing on the Nile

8/2/11

I went down to dinner, but then realized most people had changed for the party, so I went back to my room to change. I put on Lexi’s skirt and Sonja lent me a tank top aka singlet. I put my Egyptian skirt around my waist and over Lexi’s skirt. I was so pissed that I didn’t have my costume from my suitcase. I felt so plain. Sonja lent me a shawl to cover my shoulders. I didn’t anything at dinner. We went up to the pool area to hang out for a bit, but it was getting dark. We went down to the lounge for the party.

Some of the Trafalgar people were there. They danced with us for a bit, but the music they were playing was way too hip hop for them and us. We then went to take pictures in the lobby. The guys looked great in their galabiyas. Mike was wearing his rope from the room with his headdress. It was funny. Paul looked like dracula in his galabiya because it was black and sort of had a cape.

We danced for a while, but I hated the songs. So I grabbed my ipod and made a playlist. Then the party got started. I became ipod DJ for a while and so did Meg. We danced to some old school 90’s songs. Of course we also danced to Walk Like an Egyptian. Since this is the only party night on the tour because Egypt is conservative, several of the people in the group decided to drink a lot. The group started to thin out after 12 am. I left the lounge around 1am. I went back to my room, changed, and prepared my stuff for the next day. We had docked in Edfu so I took several photos of it from my room’s window. Bed time.

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Egypt

I went to Egypt with Contiki, a tour company for people age 18-35. My friends had gone to Egypt with Contiki and had an amazing time. I booked the trip in October of 2010. In January of 2011 the Egyptian Revolution occurred. The friend I was going with had second thoughts and decided not to join me. However, some of the Australian girls I met through Facebook were still going so I kept my plans. Plus I have been dreaming about going to Egypt since I was 5. I went at the end of July. Not only was there no government, but it was the hottest time of the year to visit and it was also Ramadan. There were also no tourists, which was a plus. I loved experiencing Egypt during Ramadan. For more information about Contiki, Contiki’s Egypt tour, the revolution, and Ramadan see below. You can also see my videos from Egypt below. Please be patient as I slowly post my Egypt entries.

Contiki

Contiki-Egypt and the Nile

Postcards from Egypt

Reflection on my Trip

Revolution

Ramadan

My Videos from Egypt

Egypt Map

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