After a Slow Start, We Loved Egypt
Dec 10, 2000   Egypt
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Me looking out at the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Me looking out at the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Buried tombs everywhere, an incredible cruise down the Nile, bright and lively food, Egypt is everything you'd think it would be.
Old posts from my very first travel website and my first backpacking trip (a year in 2000-2001)!

We really liked Egypt a lot. Finally some nice people that weren’t trying to scam us at every turn. It had its share of those too, but not everyone.
We arrived during Ramadan and the locals were SO KIND. They insisted we join them for their evening meal. Just put a blanket down on the road and feast away!
We arrived during Ramadan and the locals were SO KIND. They insisted we join them for their evening meal. Just put a blanket down on the road and feast away!
Small streets of Aswan
Small streets of Aswan
Market streets of Egypt
Market streets of Egypt
We landed in Luxor unexpectedly due to bad weather in Cairo, and Egypt Air (the most incompetent airline in the world) finally let us stay there after waiting for 8 hours in the airport. Saw some tombs with some great colorful hyroglyphics and paintings.
Huge structures at Valley of the Kings in Luxor. That's me standing at the base.
Huge structures at Valley of the Kings in Luxor. That's me standing at the base.
This is the tomb of Tut Ankh Amon. Very unassuming - I expected it to be very built up!
This is the tomb of Tut Ankh Amon. Very unassuming - I expected it to be very built up!


Then we went to Aswan for a Nile cruise on a small sailboat called a Felucca. Really great time. It’s not quite all sand dunes like we pictured, but there are a lot of rocky dunes, guys in long pyjamma shirts, and people riding donkeys in the city.
Feluccas on the Nile River
Feluccas on the Nile River
Preparing one of our delish meals on board the boat.
Preparing one of our delish meals on board the boat.
At one of our felucca stops, i wandered around and met  this guy. He let me try to ride his donkey, gave me a bowl of fresh dates, and asked me to marry him. LOL
At one of our felucca stops, i wandered around and met this guy. He let me try to ride his donkey, gave me a bowl of fresh dates, and asked me to marry him. LOL
Went to Dahab on the Red Sea and braved the cold water our final day there to do some snorkelling. Amazing huge fish and colorful coral. A touristy, but good chill out place.
Of course there's a camel on the beach at Dahab.
Of course there's a camel on the beach at Dahab.
Lots of chill-out places in Dahab on the water and lots of sheesha pipes!
Lots of chill-out places in Dahab on the water and lots of sheesha pipes!
Then to dirty Cairo. Garbage everywhere and tons of pollution. Yuk. Stayed there just long enough to go to the Museum where we saw lots of artifacts, King Tuts treasures, etc. and learned absolutely nothing since there are no explantions on anything, and to the pyramids.

We rode camels and spent the entire day checking out the pyramids and Sphinx. Really amazing, and also no explanations about anything. Then we snuck into the adjoining graveyard at night to watch the sound and light show. Good way to finish Egypt.
We had to do the tourist thing at the pyramids.
We had to do the tourist thing at the pyramids.
Me down in one of the pyramids.
Me down in one of the pyramids.

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