Well my time in Egypt
has come to an end. I spent two amazing weeks here with 12 new friends. Last
time I left off with you in Luxor.
I was nervous but also awestruck for my sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Nile and the Valley of the Kings.
I definitely want to go for another hot air balloon ride in Napa when I
get home. I saw 3 tombs at the Valley of the Kings
(Ramses) and also saw the large temples of Karnak....so
many beautiful pictures. Egypt
has turned out to be more amazing than I ever expected.
After Luxor, we
ventured off to Alexandria
and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The
catacombs were strangely interesting, especially the fact that a donkey
falling through the ground in 1900 is how they were discovered. The
fort was beautiful in Alex as well and the library is famous for its
extensive amount of books and the interesting design of the building
itself. We had a beautiful seafood dinner and spent some time bathing on
the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean.
Next it was off to the Siwa Oasis, a desert location where very few women
appear outdoors and the ones that do are completely covered from head to toe
and are not allowed to speak. It was definitely a learning experience
for the feminist-oriented Western women in our group. The tombs of the dead and
the fortress in the Oasis were beautiful, but the highlight was definitely 4
wheel driving out in the desert. Our drivers took us to a freshwater lake
for a swim, sand boarding down the dunes, and to a local hot spring to watch
the sunset. I thought sunsets over the Pacific Ocean were beautiful, but the
Egyptian desert was up there as well.
After staying in Siwa for two nights, we then spent two nights in the Black
Desert and the White Desert, one of these camping with the cute desert foxes.
The sunrise and sunsets in the deserts of Egypt were spectacular. I think
you'll find these photos are some of my best work. We hiked to the top of one
mountain where we could see a 360 degree view of the BlackDesert.
When I see places like that, it is when I know there is definitely a higher
I am back in Cairo
now for my last night in Egypt.
I am sad to leave, but am very fortunate to have seen so many different parts
of the country in such a short period of time. My Intrepid Travel guide
has definitely been a big part of making my Egyptian experience
so wonderful. I will miss him, but there are many students awaiting my
arrival in Kenya
tomorrow. I will send you all the details about the school and the
students next week.
Until next time,
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