Riding a camel in Egypt should be on everyone’s bucket list! Although it was a unique experience, once is enough. Having ridden on a donkey and an elephant, I discovered a camel is more awkward and uncomfortable.
Your Egyptian experience is also not complete (in my opinion) unless you partake in smoking some “Shisha” aka “Hookah” aka “Hubbly Bubbly“! A few of us…the restless rebels…would stay up past bedtime…drink Turkish Coffee and smoke the flavored tobacco!
We spent one night sleeping on a felucca sailboat on the Nile River. After dividing into two groups of about 7 each, we boarded separate boats for our adventure. It was quite obvious they split us according to age. The other boat held the 25-34 age group and our boat was the 35-65 age group. What’s interesting to me, is that the “restless rebels”, as I mentioned earlier, consisted of the older age group.
A separate boat called the “service” boat was available for mealtimes and use of the bathroom. The “restless rebels”…stayed up after the others went to bed and were talking on top of the service boat when it became noticeably windier. Out in the distance a huge black mass was approaching quickly…
when we queried the workers, they said it was a sandstorm. The sense of danger and exhiliration resulted in an immediate rush and feeling of…aliveness! We were engulfed in sand for a few minutes. I still remember the sand pelting my skin, leaving a tingly feeling.
We rode donkeys to the Valley of the Kings and if you wanted your donkey to go faster you would say “hopa hopa”.
My donkey liked to go fast…just like me…and every time someone else would say hopa hopa – my donkey would run.
I raced one of the guys and almost fell off.
The Karnak Temple is located in Luxor, Egypt. The entire complex which spans 1 mile x 2 miles, was built over a period of 1300 years, beginning in the 16th century BC, and is the largest ancient religious site in the world. The last three photos are a portion of it…
Next installment tomorrow!
- Egypt holidays: Colourful chaos in Cairo, Aswan and Luxor (dailymail.co.uk)