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Buses and trains all over the country

Yesterday I left the hotel at 4:00 am. (After trying to take a shower-the water in the room didn't work well-I had to change rooms to take a shower), but I did leave at 4 am to vi IMG_20180324_121002840.jpg sit Abu Simbel-A 3 hour drive to near the Sudan border. That's right -3 hours! What's at the end of these 3 hours?? Two magnificent temples seemingly carved into the side of a mountain, overlooking a huge lake. We had an hour and a half there, after 3 hours of driving (and 3 back!). Worth it- that's a lot of driving looking at desert scenery, in a minibus with approximately 20 others. IMG_20180324_121002840.jpg After returning back to the hotel around 1:30, I walked around the souk market, which was hawkers selling their spices, souvenirs, and other stuff. These hawkers only each asked me if I wanted to purchase something about 3 times which is pretty passive.

At 6:00, I boarded the long train back to Cairo, which would be an approximately 12 hour ride. To get from Cairo to Aswan, I flew from Cairo to Luxor and took the cruise from Luxor to Aswan, and was now taking the train all the way back. The train was ok. It was old but the seats were comfortable, and reclined so I could sleep. The train passed by the usual piles of garbage, stray dogs, homes, minarets, etc. When it got dark I slept on and off, and bought a cheap sandwich from a vendor. Every so often the train would stop at a station and people would get in to sell stuff IMG_201803..2903070_HDR.jpg IMG_20180325_245556119.jpg IMG_20180325_060642745.jpg

Posted by DavidPearlman 23:52

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