What to do for Thanksgiving? Hmm… Family is far away, no one is visiting me, feeling a little sorry for myself and BOOOOOM.. a very good friend of my and a great travel companion tells me she is going to Egypt to visit some friends for Thanksgiving. I do a little groveling, sobbing, and not so subtle hinting that I have NOTHING TO DO FOR THANKSGIVING!!! Lo and behold.. she takes the hint and I’m packing for Egypt. Yahoo..
It was an amazing 7 day trip, packed full of trips and tours, amazing people and amazing food. I would so encourage people to attempt this journey at some point in their life. We used a company called Memphis Tours but there were so many to choose from and all the people on all of the tours seemed to be having a good time. Right now is the time to go as well. The travel warning has been lifted, the people are friendly and super easy to please and the sights are beyond amazing.
So for my first installment, I present to you, the dark side of egypt – –
Luxor Temple at night
Luxor Temple was built around 1400 BC. It is an ancient temple complex that is on the east bank of the Nile River. This temple was beautiful and super inspiring. It was where one of the most important religious festivals in Egypt where (statues or Gods..still a little confused on this point) traveled from Karnak to Luxor. There was a lot more info about cults, shrines, royal Ka’s, symbolism and Kings that I sort of missed.. but you can google that if you are interested.
Then there was the Nile cruise on the Minerva (boat) from Aswan to Luxor and stops along the way. The cabin crew were phenomenal. Every single time we came back to our room, there was a new animal either hanging from the ceiling or resting on our bed. It is true that we did not have a single towel in our bathroom the entire cruise.. but they were easily accessible in their natural habitat on our beds. Amazing service and such a fun time. Not to mention the beautiful scenery along the way. Think of it as a bus tour by boat. Even had massages available on the top deck. I would highly encourage people to book their trips now!!!
Having a nice cabin with beautiful views from hot spot to hot spot was so much nicer than busing it.
A night market – horse cart through a market only wide enough to walk through. Also a few dark pyramids that we got to crawl through.
A hot air balloon ride that started in the dark and flew over Valley of the Kings..
and … and… finally… Gobble Gobble doesn’t always mean turkey around a candle lit table.. though sometimes it does.
Last but not least, and possibly my favorite photo.
It was 445 in the morning, this is a picture of a wonderful Egyptian man who was tasked with driving me from the hotel to the airport on my last day in Egypt. As we were driving to the airport, his phone rang. He answered it and then started wiping his eyes. He looked at me through the rear view mirror and with tears streaming down his face said, “My wife just had a baby boy. We have been waiting for many years and God has finally been willing.” I asked him why he was driving me to the airport when his wife was having a baby and he simply said, “We have to work.”
As he dropped me off, he asked if he could take his photo with me because i was the first person who received this news… well of course. It was super touching. Great way to end this trip. Happy Thanksgiving all.
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