Sickness + Long Drive = not so much fun

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
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Trip End Aug 29, 2007


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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hello from Aswan!
Well this has been an interesting city...more for being sick than anything...
In Aswan, one of the best things about our hotel was that we had a bathtub! (Which came in handy when I was sick!)...it's amazing the things that excite you when you are travelling...
Anywho, we arrived in Aswan, on the train, which true to Egyptian time, arrived an hour and a bit late...
To pass the time, we chatted with some locals and police...I sang the only Arabic song that I know "Boussi Boussi Bouss" by Nancy Ajram, but apparently I pronounce the word wrong and it has a bit of a more provocative connotation...after that I stuck to the Arabic alphabet (I learned it in Jordan on a car trip)
In Aswan, we had a nice hotel and they arranged a day trip for us for that day and the following...
We headed out to the High Dam and Philae Temple, which was quite nice...
After that, as it was hot (a steady +50), we had some food and chilled out, as we had to wake up at 3 am the next morning for Abu Simbel...
Now, I don't know why or how, but I got very ill at about 1 am (it could be food, but Sam and I had had virtually the same diet for the past few days, it was most likely a nice combo of heat, dehydration and bad diet) and eventually after  running between the bed and the toilet several times, finally decided to sleep on the floor...
Then 3 am rolled around, and despite my complete lack of energy I ventured on to Abu Simbel...
It was great to see and quite stunning and I wouldn't have ever had another chance to go see it....but it really sucked being ill at the same time...
The rest of our time in Aswan, I spent in the bathroom and in the bed, as I was devoid of energy...
Because it was incredibly cheap to fly to Cairo (218 pounds each versus 100 plus or minus for the 12 hour train), we headed out the next morning to the Aswan airport and flew out to Cairo...
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