Abu Simbel and the ugliness of international politics
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My alarm is going of really early in the morning - actually I am not sure this time can be described as morning - it is 03.15. I am more used to go to bed at this hour than getting up it is unnatural to get up at this hour. But there is no other way - I want to go to Abu Simbel temple and if you want be there early before it gets too hot you need to be ready to join in the convoy of tourist buses leaving at 4.15-4.30 it is in
Then the drive starts - there might have been a beautiful desert sunrise on the route the guide said he would wake us up to see it. But he was sleeping along with the rest of us. Then pretty early at around 7 or so we get to the entrance of the temple it is already nice and warm. We get tickets and go in.
The temple is impressive and I guess it is the best know of all the Egyptians monuments expect of course the pyramids.
Next to the main temple is a smaller temple also with statues and some rooms behind it. It is not quite as impressive though. After seeing the temples I get ready to make my way around the mountain where the temple is build. There is something wrong with this mountain there are bricks and it is too regularly shaped. It is not a real mountain. It is an artificial mountain build when they constructed the Aswan Dam and this area was flooded. They moved the temple - they cut it into small pieces by hand because a chainsaw would make to big cuts in the old temple. Then they build a new mountain on a higher island and moved the temple.
It is a massive work they did. But I can't help but feel this is wrong - and I would have loved to go to this place if it had been flooded. I think it could have been one of the most attractive dive sites in the world. That way they could have kept the magic of the old temple alive in a better way in my opinion. Of course non divers and people who come to visit the temple may have other ideas.
I get out of the temple area at around 8.30 and go to sit in the shade while we wait for the 9 convoy going back. I am already starting to sweat at this hour of the day - I understand why they want people to get to the temple early.
After returning to
When growing up I was always told - yeah
I met a man - he was pretty big - almost as tall as me and he weighed more than me I think.
Ok I stood there and I was shocked at that very moment and did not know what to say.
For those who have not heard about the Muhammad cartoons it is the biggest international political crisis Denmark has been in since the Germans occupied us during WW II. Basically it is about a Danish newspaper which wanted to make a point about freedom of speech in
I thought ok what do I tell him. Do I lie or just not tell him the truth. I decided on the last part telling him well I have been travelling for a while and haven't really followed the news so I don't know if he is dead. I never really thought about going into details - like well actually there were twelve different artist and so forth.
After telling him that I just wanted to get going as soon as possible - not feeling so safe about saying I am from
After getting over my shock I went to the river to sail across the