Ok, finally got onto the internet and into this site. Sorry it has been a long time coming!
Two weeks to fill you in on so I shall just give you a brief synopsis rather than a blow by blow account.... there is quite a lot to go through!
Journey over here was fine, no problems, didnt get arrested for being in possession of an exploding lipstick! Spent most of the night at the airport with a Russian guy who I met on the bus, drinking gallons of coffee to keep me awake. Met at Cairo by lovely little chap who whisked me through immigration before my bag was even off loaded.
Hotel was brilliant, all mod cons and an all night bar and restaurant!
My first day I spent galloping on a horse accross the desert behind the pyramids! Yup! And I don't even ride!!!! Quite a comical picture actually, me clinging for dear life to the saddle and my guide who was ringing next to me, screeching like a stuck pig. Injuries sustained, Nasty sore patch on my ankle from where the stirrup cut in and bruises in places I wouldn't even show my doctor!
Lost my wallet but it was returned to me next day by pleasant young man who ardently refused a reward. The people here are amazing, so friendly. I dont think I have ever felt so safe in a city and quite happy to wander around on my own, even at night. Some of us have spent many an hour in the company of local people drinking tea and smoking sheesha.
In Cairo we did the Pyramids (of course) plus some lesser known ones outside town ( there are bloody pyramids everywhere!), even went inside one, stinks! Visited citadels, monuments, temples, more temples, and more temples. Totally templed out! The bazaars are totally bizzare, selling everything from cuddly camels to mens underpants.
From Cairo we drove through the deserts which are just awesome and breathtaking, we camped, mostly at proper campsites with toilets and showers, bliss. Spent one night out in the desert with the Bedouin, went by camel which was a lot more comfortable than a horse I can tell you!. We had dinner round the fire and slept under the stars. It was magnificent. The white desert is strange, not sand, more a type of fine shingle, climbed a mountain and found a fossilised seashell. Weird. No loos in the the desert so when I went for my early morning stroll, round the corner resembled a cat litter tray where everyone had been peeing in the night!Yup, the white desert is made of kitty litter.
Finally arrived at Luxor which has to be the hassle capital of the world. Stayed at a hostel so proper beds and 'hot' showers.
Took a donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings. Still more comfy than a horse but not as comfy as camel. Took about an hour to get there but boy those little critters can shift! From there we took the donkeys over the mountains to other tombs and temples, I dont remember their names but I have learnt an awful lot about Pharoes and Gods and stuff. Suprisingly there is more to it that just King Tut! Oh yes, went to the Museum in Cairo and saw all the Tut stuff, the place is stuffed full of dead things and big boxes.
From Luxor to Aswan which is not quite as hassley as Luxor. On route managed to fall over a kerb sustaining a sprained big toe, torn trousers and grazed leg. Same leg as the stirrup scab so looking delightful and hobbling. Took a three day cruise down the Nile on a Felucca which was just fantastic. Quite big boats, about 20 x 14 feet deck area which was covered in mattresses. Sat around in the sun during the day landing just once for a much needed loo stop then parking up or whatever it is you do with a boat at night on a beach where a fire would be lit. The crew cooked all our meals and we had ample supplies of beers and wine.Party time!
But guess who fell off the plank! Yup, yours truly, straight into the nile spraining my ankle, yes, same leg. Plus bashing my other knee. I had to get a piggy back to get to the bushes if I needed the loo. So no booze for me that night!
By the way, forgot to mention the cut on my head where I head butted a tree. Will I make it to Cape Town in one piece? Doubtful! Also narrowly escaped having my fingers bitten off by a baby crocodile.
Yesterday went to Abu Simble. Yes, another bloody temple, but this one was BIG! Plus it had meen moved to prevent it being submerged when they built the dam. Quite a feat of engineering and took 4 years to do it.
Sorry there are no photos yet, trying to find a way of getting them from camera to computer. I shall attempt to sort it soon as I can, they are all of bloody temples anyway apart from one with William smoking a spliff, but thats another story!
So, so far having a fantastic time but it still feels like I am on holiday, spent a lot of time in one place sleeping in hotels, shopping, eating out etc. Spent too much time in cities and now itching to get back on the road and out into the wilderness.
Tomorrow we take the ferry to Sudan, not really sure what to expect other than 50 lashings if we even dare to carry alcohol. Six days of detox, cant be a bad thing!
Excellent mix of people in the group, varying ages and backgrounds and so far everyone getting along. Cant say too much at this stage as Brian has found my blog! Hi Brian, you gorgeous creature you! Ha!! But we do have some great characters. My tent partner is Laura, 24 year old aussie and a real scream.
Well, thats about it folks. Two weeks of temples and bruises! I have a terrible habit of getting up between 0430 and 0600 but yesterday joy of joys I managed to buy a bottle of Jim Beam. Today I got up at 0900!
William is fine and lives on the side of my daypack, causes great amusement with the locals, but the next person that calls him a monkey shall be punched. He has even been mistaken for a rabbit for goodness sake!
Not sure what I shall do this afternoon, sit by the rooftop pool at the hotel or take a boat to one of the islands. Its a tough life. Weather very pleasant about 25 degrees ( thats in the 70's Mum!)but it is getting hotter as we travel south. Tan is coming along a treat, that is, up to my knees and shoulders....not risked the bikini yet! But I did brave a swimsuit when we went to the hot springs.
I shall try and update again when we get to Khartoum. Please send supplies of tubigrip and plasters!!!
Hope all is well back there and you are not too cold! xxxxx