Felucca down the Nile
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Right now Iâm sitting on top of a Felucca on the Nile. Itâs absolutely heaven. Itâs 5.30am and, even though last night was a biggie, the religious chanting at 5am this morning made it impossible to keep sleeping â lucky for me as the sunrise of over the Nile is spectacular. Iâll go back to Cairo though and tell you how I got here.
We caught the train to Aswan, l think I mentioned that. Aswan was really pretty. Set on the Nile it is a big town but not a noisy bustling city. On our first day there we caught a small felucca over to Elephantine island and rode camels through the desert for almost an hour.
We were taken out to the Nubian village one night for dinner. We were all worried that, because weâre on a tour and all, it would be a little cheesy. Far from it. A Nubian village family cooks up a storm and we sit around in the courtyard of their farm.
A 3am start is never high up on my list of things to do so you can imagine that it would have to be something pretty darn spectacular to drap me out of bed at that hour.
We managed to walk through the bazaar in Aswan at night. It was fantastic and Deb and I couldâve sold each other off for a few camels many a time. Apparently we both have âbeautiful eyesâ which is supposed to make us want to spend many an Egyptian pound in these lovely hustlerâs shops. It didnât and we simply soaked up the market atmosphere and left.
The food here has been fantastic! Lots of breads, vegetable dishes and kofta. Weâre really enjoying it. They have a great local beer here called Stella (not the Stella Artios kind). Itâs amazingly like VB so itâs going down quite easily in the hot afternoon sun. They come in bottles that are just over 500mls which is like a cross between a stubby and a long neck â pretty impressive.
So yesterday morning, we boarded the felucca for a day and night of cruising the Nile to take us to Luxor. We have 2 feluccas and a large boat for our meals stops. There is a canapĂ© over the top of us and just a heap of cushions thrown around the deck of these feluccas. One of the women on the group is from Hawaii and she plays the harp and brought it along. Just imagine cruising down the Nile, water lapping, harp playing, sun setting, donkeyâs ee-orring on the bank and palm trees everywhere you look. Alas, even paradise can take itâs toll so we spent the afternoon playing Connect 4 and cards. Our guide â Amico taught us a card game called âBullshetâ. Bullshet in Egyptian means cheat. When you think the other person is cheating, you shout âBullshetâ. The resemblance of this word to another in English was quite appropriate.
The night was spent around a bonfire with many a Stella consumed and a few songs. We were privileged enough to listen to âsheâll be coming round the mountainâ in Egyptian â I kid you not!! Now thatâs something you donât hear everyday. After that â it was back to the felucca and our sleeping bags for the night. Which brings me to here. Sitting on the deck of the felucca as everyone starts to wake.
This morning it is off to Luxor on the boats. Deb and I hope to go hot air ballooning there which should be amazing. They also have a great bazaar there â who knows might get someone offering me more camels this time for my sister J.