November 17th, 2005 – by: skippyed
Farmers at work in the fields
Today we left the Feluccaâ€™s and said goodbye to the Nubian crew. The farewell wasnâ€™t as teary as leaving the Bedouins, we found the Nubianâ€™s not to be as friendly or fun so it was far from a sad farewell! Before heading to the minibus everyone scattered to find a private toilet spot. Vaughan and I headed into the nearby banana plantation which was a big mistake. The soil was sticky clay we came out about a foot taller! And spent the next 10 mins cleaning our shoes in the Nile! The minibus trip back to Luxor was interesting as we got to see the farmers at work in the fields. No tractors or other modern farm machinery, just simple Ox ploughs.
Back in Luxor we took advantage of a long hot shower at our hotel before we all made a unanimous choice of heading to MacDonaldâ€™s for lunch. We were over cheese, jam and pita bread and were craving for western food! We had a whole day in Luxor so we spent the afternoon at the Internet Cafe then some of us girls headed to the markets. Market shopping in Luxor was a dream compared to Kom Ombo, hassle free it was great. In the evening we had a meal in the hotel before heading for the train station for our overnight train back to Cairo. Luxor station was a shock it was the dirtiest train station we had ever seen, run down and filthy, it was very depressing. I wondered what the train was going to be like but to our surprise it was clean. We didnâ€™t take the sleepers we took the recliner 1st class. The seats were comfortable and the toilet wasnâ€™t too bad either!
Desperate times call for desperate measures!