A bad day

Trip Start Sep 27, 2011
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Friday, June 15, 2012

Bad day.
Headed out with my friend Eve at 7 am to go and see Karnak temple and Luxor temple. First stop an ATM for her. Then decided to walk to Mc Donalds for breakfast before "doing the temples". Got about 500 meters or so down the road and then a motorbike roared past us with two young guys on it and, before you could blink, her bag was snatched and they were off, bag and all.
Grabbed a taxi passing but he wouldn't follow them or try to. Would have been a waste of time anyhow. They were well gone with the bag. So it was around to the police station to report it ( and get a case number etc for insurance purposes). Well 4 hours later we had them interested enough to start writing something. Totally disorganised, totally disinterested, totally incompetent. Then back to our "hotel" to sort bank cards etc and wait for the report ( it needed an official stamp and would be delivered in one hour). At five o clock could wait no longer so went back to get it. Station shut!!!! Friday, all praying!!!!!!
Luckily the man they had got to translate for us was passing and saw us. He came to our rescue again. He seemed to know the big police chief or something. He made a couple of calls and they came down, opened up and gave us the report. He said they had forgotten about it. Yeah right!!!!! More like couldn't be bothered. And incompetent. It was all f......ing hopeless to say the least.
My friend was, and still is, very distrort. Everything important to her was in her bag. Money, bank cards, camera, 2 phones with all her contact detail; her travelling life. All gone. Luckily she had left her passport at the hotel. She is so upset she has decided to leave the trip. She has stayed back in Luxor to regroup and then either go home or back to Aswan for a while and stay with a friend there. She needs to stay put somewhere to get new cards for money etc. Very sad for me as she was the only person on the trip that I would call a friend.
Her decision not to continue with the trip was made in part by the fact that she and our current driver did not get along. He really hasn't been that nice to her for a while now and wasn't over helpful today. I don't know what the problem was between them but certainly he didn't treat her as a customer should be treated, over the past few weeks or today.
The strain is certainly showing with the heat and also being without transport and having to carry our gear. Everyone has far too much stuff to carry. It was OK to have lots of clothes etc when it was always on the truck but now thats all gone. And we really have only just started this mode of travel.
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jimandpaula on

We are wondering if the negatives outweigh the positives? Not surprised your friend has decided to call it quits. Take care on your next part of the journey.

Bruce on

Shame about your friend leaving but certainly understandable. It may be easier on you if you are on your own as you are probably not as attractive as she is to the guys. Take care though and hopefully, as your friends above have suggested, the pros outway the cons.

Marguerite on

Hi Alister. Yes, life can be a buggar sometimes can't it - we'll especially for your friend Eve. There are the many blessings of living in NZ! Sorry you have lost your friend Eve and didn't realise that the bus had already departed and that you guys were now on your own. You now need an ass or even a camel, or you could always club together and purchase a 'People Mover' - plenty of them here in Samoa.
I leave here in 2-3 days back to cooler temperatures,
Luv Margy.

Rob on

Hi Alister - Very sad regarding the bag snatch, and Eve's decision. Now trust your travel north will be more satisfactory on your body and nerves. I spent six years of my childhood in Cairo (before NZ) so can understand some of your views as expressed. All the best for rest of your trip - Reob

Noel Bland on

Am sure you must be able to find a local who would take some of your gear to lighten your load - even if you had to give him a couple of bucks - haha

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