Nice, Quiet, Relaxing Day
Trip Start Dec 18, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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Sandy finally hauled me out of bed at 10:00 to walk around Aswan. We left the boat and I thought the shops she was looking for were right...she thought left. And after about a mile of walking to the right with no shops, we turned around and walked back past the boat...sure enough a great little bazaar. My sense of direction is usually very good, but I forgot, we were on her territory...SHOPPING! She can smell those stores like I can smell golf courses!!!
We found a couple of good little shops where the shopkeepers weren't "hounding us" to buy something. I like the more subtle approach. Sandy found some great hand blown glass in this one shop. When we bought half a dozen of them (for a whopping $26 American), you'd have thought we had made this guy's year. He was blessing us and blessing all Americans (it was his first sale of the new year and apparently a very important one). Sandy also got a scarf and a present for Bryan's girlfriend's little girl. Sandy was delighted with her purchases. I was delighted by a shop that sold spices...I had never seen frankincense and myrrh...all I needed was gold for all three gifts of the Magi....very cool.
Back to the boat and time for lunch. We sailed at 2:00pm theoretically, but more passengers were still getting on at 2:30, so we actually got under weigh at 2:45. I spent the rest of the afternoon at the front (is that the bow?) of the boat in a little spot where I could see everything, but was out of the wind...oh, yea, drinking a beer! I called it heaven! Sandy split her time between reading, Laura and me.
You know I've canoed some rivers before...and I love them. Canoed the Current, Jack's Fork, The Eleven Point, and even the locals, Mackinaw, etc. besides Chicago to St. Louis one time and K.C. to St.Louis another. I like the way you pass things slowly on the river. It almost makes time stand still. Today I saw a lot of mosques, men feeding their goats, camels, cows and water buffalo. I sat here thinking...people have been traveling down this river for more than 5000 years, and they saw the same things I'm seeing today. How cool is that? The terrain is interesting...river to the right and left, then green trees, fields, and pastures, but then just sometimes 50 or 100 yards later, they fade into stark dessert and mountains...very cool. Took lots of pictures, especially at sunset.
Docked at Kom Ombo, where we walked to the temple of the same name, dedicated to the Hawk-headed god, Harwar and the crocodile god, Sobek. It was lit up and beautiful in the evening.
On the way and back we had run the gauntlet of little kids (som as young a 4 years old) hawking all sorts of goods...only one dollar....only one dollar. Tough to ignore, but you've got to. Sandy just got rid of one kid nagging her when someone started tapping on my arm, saying five dollars...no...five dollar...no...five dollars. I've gotten good at just ignoring them and walking straight ahead, when I hear Sandy start to laugh, I turn around and it's one of our fellow passengers, playing a joke on me...we all had a good laugh about it.
Back to the boat, dinner and early to bed....we sail overnight to Edfu. We have a 5:45 am wake-up call for a 6:20 departure for the temple of Edfu. Pleasant dreams!
Happy New Year from the Colees