Day 28 - Aswan - Hot and Beautiful
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Our train from
We were taken by minibus to our Hotel for the next 2 nights, the Basma Hotel. After the 2 nights we’d spent in the Indiana Hotel in
The afternoon was our own to do what we liked, so Michelle and I spent a bit of time wandering around the hotel, went for a swim, got a bite to eat by the pool and just generally relaxed.
In the late afternoon Michelle, Zoe and I walked down to the river to meet our guide Mahmoud (for some reason we was put up in a different hotel).
Once we’d met Mahmoud he led us to a boat “Captain Sendbad (sic)” and the young skipper motored us slowly across and then up river. It was amazing how abruptly the desert stopped. In some cases, running right up to the bank of the nile. Where they was greenery on the river bank, it would would be dense to a point and then just stop, replaced immediately by parched yellow sands and rock. The boat ride was taking us up river to our evenings entertainment, a camel ride and a Nubian dinner.
We disembarked onto a sand beach covered in camel sh!t and make our way through the young kids selling postcards and trinkets, to the camels.
Our Nubian dinner was actually served to us in a house, not a restaurant. It was preceded by ice cold hibiscus tea (which was very welcome after the hot and sweaty boat and camel rides) and a chat about the Nubian people and their place in Egyptian history. When we sat for dinner, we sat on cushions around a couple of small, low tables.
After dinner Michelle and Zoe each picked out a henna pattern they liked and Zarah painted the designs along the back of their hands and along one finger.
On the boat across the river we had asked Mahmoud about crocodiles and whether there were any on the river. He almost laughed off the question and said that nowadays there were only a handful, introduced by locals who release pets into the waters. We weren’t sure whether to believe his talk of locals keeping crocodiles as pets but Mahmoud proved his point after dinner. Before leaving the Nubian home, he took us out the back and showed us a mud walled aquarium (for lack of a better description) with a number of small crocodiles in them.
Dinner was early, we left the Nubian village before sun down as we had an early rise ahead of us. Mahmoud had requested 3am wake up calls for us all. Tomorrow we were going to