Posts Tagged With: Nile Cruise

Reflection on my Trip to Egypt

I’ve been dreaming about going to Egypt since I was about 7 and read my first King Tut article. I’ve been obsessed with Egypt ever since. I own at least 40 books on the subject and am even going to school to become a certified Egyptologist just for the fun of it. Going into this trip I had no idea what to expect. My friend had backed out because of the revolution so I was technically going alone. I had “met” Alexis, Janelle, Megan, and Sonja through Facebook months prior to the trip. This was also my first time flying by myself and my first layover. So I was anxious and excited all at the same time.

Though my luggage was lost and I had to deal with the stress and lack of clothing and toiletries it was still the best trip of my life. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Contiki, Spring Tours, Sherif (my tour guide), and my tour mates made the trip unforgettable. I honestly wish the trip was longer and covered Alexandria and Abydos.

Despite what was going in Egypt while I was there, I felt completely safe. We were kept informed about what was going on and Sherif kept us out of harms way. In southern Egypt it was completely calm and that’s where we spent the majority of our time. The locals we interacted with were all friendly. They all appreciated the little Arabic I knew and all of them were genuinely upset over my missing suitcase. So many of them wanted to stop and chat and not in a creepy way.

Egypt is beautiful! Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing the tombs, museums, statues, and temples are. You are immediately transported back in time at each site. If I had my way I could have spent hours at each site. There is just so much to see!!! I was like a kid in a candy store. I just couldn’t stop smiling knowing that I was seeing first hand what I have read about and watched on TV. My absolute favorite site was Abu Simbel. I am so glad I decided to take the 45 minute plane ride to see it. It was breathtaking! It is officially my favorite place on earth besides my beloved home city of NYC.

I knew I would be in awe of the history, but I had no idea that the Nile and Red Sea would also bring me joy. Sitting on the top deck cruising down the Nile was literally the most relaxing experience I’ve ever had. You just felt like life couldn’t get any better. The Red Sea is gorgeous and you feel like you are at a Caribbean resort and not in the middle of the Middle East.

I do not regret my trip whatsoever! Best decision I’ve probably made. Would I go back? I want to go back with my family and relive it through their eyes. I want to see places I didn’t go to like Alexandria, Sakkara, and Abydos. Would I go back in the near future? Sadly, no. The area is too volatile. I got lucky with when I went to Egypt and several other countries. There is only so many times you can go to a country during war and revolution and have a safe experience. I wouldn’t want to push my luck. If I had to go back now then I would stick to the south where things are soooo much calmer. It’s a different world down there.

Thanks for reading my Egyptian adventure. I still need to post my postcards from the trip and maybe even some of my souvenirs.

Pictures below aren’t in order. They are just some of my favorite ones from Egypt.

295689_10150356385702316_410227_n 285430_1987449890835_1736016_n cropped-s5004802.jpg cropped-s5004940.jpg Egypt Map

Categories: Africa, Egypt, History, Travel, Trip with a Tour Group | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Kiss from Amun Ra

8/3/13

I decided to stop by the shop again because I really liked the ring I had helped Michael pick out. I wanted to buy a ring or something else. I also wanted to get Sonja and Lexi hieroglyphic shirts with their names on them to thank them for lending me their clothes. I was going to buy Janelle and Megan I love NY shirts back in the states. The cruise people had put out all the pictures they took of us at the party. We each had a pack with our name on it that we could buy. I bought mine but didn’t realize you could have purchased pictures from other people’s packs. I wanted one from Lexi’s. I really liked an ankh ring in the jewelry store and had looked at it every time I had went in. The crazy thing was that the ring was exactly my size. I finally decided to buy it.

I then went to breakfast and ate one croissant. After that I went back to my room to cool off for a tiny bit. Then I joined everyone on the top deck. Janelle, Meg, and Paul were sun bathing. Lexi and Mike were lounging. We all chatted for a while and discussed the difference between the interest rates in Australia and the states. We also chatted with the Trafalgar people who were headed to Greece next. I went back and forth between dipping my feet in the pool and lounging in a chair. Somehow we got on the subject of the Titanic and Kate’s famous pose at the front of the ship. Lexi pretended to be Kate at the front of our ship. Paul says, “You need a Jack.” I became her Jack or should I say…Jackie. We had a lot of fun. There was a great breeze (the same one that had followed us since I prayed to the gods). Sitting on the top deck looking at the Nile and rest of Egypt with the beautiful sun and breeze was absolutely amazing! It was one of those perfect moments in life where you think life doesn’t get much better than this. I was in my happy place.

The night before Sherif had told me that my luggage would probably arrive in Luxor. Then he also told us that Nicole’s bag was found in Cairo’s airport and apparently was never picked up. He also told Janelle. Janelle told Meg and I told Sonja and Lexi. Meg tells Paul and Mike. Eventually Nicole winds up hearing that we know and gets angry at me. I say nothing, but I’m upset. Though we all want to know why she never picked up her suitcase, but no one says anything.

We start approaching the locks and I get really excited. We also passed other cruise ships slowing down to enter the locks. I see the cruise ship that was destroyed by fire, which Weber had posted to Facebook. The vendors started to paddle up to our ship and start throwing blankets and towels up. It was kind of funny. However, I was trying to pay more attention to the locks. I didn’t feel like anything had happened, but I could see the change in the water levels. After we were through the locks the guys in the boats continued to follow us for a bit.

\

I went down to lunch and ate some rice, bread, and french fries (hot chips). The fries were good. I left when Nicole came in. I went back to my room and put on CNN. I watched a couple minutes of the Mubarak trial. They they announced that the US Stock Market was on the verge of collapsing. That freaked me out so I went in search of Paul in the restaurant. However, I found Sonja and Nicole instead. She seemed calmer since Janelle and Megan had spoke to her. We chatted a bit. I then went back upstairs to find Paul. I chatted with him and then joined Lexi and Sonja in their room. They were watching the news because there was a bomb in Australia. I went back to my room and realized I had burnt the hell our of my legs while I was on the top deck. It really hurt! Paul gave me lotion to put on it. I had to get ready for Luxor since we were about to dock. I took a hat, changed into a tank top/singlet, and borrowed Sonja’s shawl. Luxor was going to be hot and sunny. I wanted to be cool and covered. Sherif saw my legs and was shocked how burnt I was. I made a comment that it was gift from Amun Ra and he told me it was a kiss instead.

This picture is from two days later. It was less red by then.

Categories: Africa, Egypt, Travel, Trip with a Tour Group | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Blog at WordPress.com.