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Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
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Anyway after all of this we were on our way down to Abu Simbel once the vans started to move we were all pulling Zzzzzs. I remember waking up a bit and seeing the sunrise over the desert and then back to sleep. After 3 and a bit hours we finally arrived at Abu Simbel, Yay! so we bought our tickets and then started on the path around the mountain to the front. The first glimps you get of Abu Simbel is breath-taking, this huge Temple carved into the rock face with 4 massive statues sitting and then on another mountain is another temple!
The temples were actually moved piece by piece when the High Dam was created, can you imagine a guy coming up to you and saying. "We've got this great project for you, all you have to do is move these two 4000yr temples from down here up there, you might have to build some artifical mountains"! It must have been nuts to do this, but I tell you you wouldn't know if someone didn't tell you. The first big temple was built for Pharaoh Ramesses II while the smaller one was built for his wife Queen Nefertari tragic this is she never saw inside her temple as she was too sick, but she did get to see it from the banks of the Nile
After having a good look around Abu Simbel we were back on the bus to go back to Aswan. When we got back we had a bit of a rest (from the early morning and all), we caught up with a few of the crew and decided to go and have a drink. I had my only alcholic drink for the trip it turned out to be, Egyptian Stellar, and it was gooooood. After our drink we went through the markets I haggle for a belt and then we continued going through the markets. Walked past this still and then a few seconds later (we must have been about 10m away) we heard all this commotion next thing we know a lady was running and the shop-keeper was after her with a huge knife! We then headed on back to bed as we had to be up early the next morning as we were going on our felucca for the next day and night....