A symphony for the eyes
Trip Start Apr 19, 2009
35Trip End Dec 20, 2009
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It would be a lie to say that all of Egypt was as harmonious as our diving experiences in El Quesir and Safaga….there is little beautiful sound left when hundreds of scantily clad tourists, from every corner of the world, are released by the busloads on the ancient treasures of Egypt
Arriving in Egypt
To get from the Sudan into Egypt the only route really open is the ferry from Wadi Halfa to Aswan. The ferry crossing takes 17 hours. The waiting on board for all formalities and health checks to be completed another 10. Marvin and I spent the night with the Lake Nasser air in our noses and starry sky above our head on deck - all in all a long but not too unpleasant journey. Nonetheless we were more than glad to finally arrive in Aswan – and there were greeted by Alban, an old friend of Marvin's, who was to join our Egypt leg (see http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/doktor-alban/1/tpod.html for his travel account).
Please note at this point that Marvin and I arrived – but not Bertha
Those of you who have followed this blog will know that Marvin and I have seen a couple of tombs, temples and even pyramids along the way. So our attitude to the touristic and overcrowded Egypt was, and I quote Marvin who said it so succinctly: 'Wir schauen uns an: einen Tempel, ein Grab, eine Pyramide’ – and that is pretty much what we set out to do. All of it was very big, very old, very impressive, very expensive and very full
People we meet along the way and those who email keep on asking us if we have not had rough days and unpleasant experiences. Marvin and I had a long chat about this the other night, the beauty of a trip like this is that you can have many long chats about literally anything and everything. We came to the conclusion that every day, even those that might have been a bit tougher because of a bad road, unpleasant officials or dirty toilets, had something good in them that we could laugh about or savour. So it is an honest reflection to say that we have enjoyed, and keep on enjoying, this trip full-heartedly. The downs have been so few and so far that they do not really warrant being written about or even mentioned. Sitting here now, I struggle to think of something negative that would fill a blog entry – and that is the truth of it.