Day 30 - Felucca Sailing on the Nile!
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Before we were to jump onto the Felucca, first we had to do a little more touristing, namely a visit to the
We took a boat ride back to the river bank, passing the old site of the
The stay at the dam was short, just long enough to take a few photos and receive the background information on the plant. Once the happy snaps were taken it was back into the minibus and back to
The preparations on the felucca were still underway when we arrived. Perhaps we were early? It meant we spent an hour or so sat in the motor boat whilst a half dozen young guys scrambled all over the felucca setting the sail and making other preparations. Our guide, Mahmoud and the captain had to leave us for a bit, in the meantime, the captain’s son had prepared a lunch for the three of us. It wasn’t until our guide and the skipper returned over an hour later that we were able to get underway. When we did, it was great.
Dinner was fantastic and topped off with a desert of watermelon, which they had kept cold by towing in the water behind the boat in a plastic bag. Never before had I seen watermelon with seeds so big and after a long day of sightseeing and lying in the sun, it was the perfect medicine. We greedily chomped our way through half the melon, leaving the other half for lunch tomorrow.When it came time to sleep, we were again aware of another benefit of travelling in such a small group. The deck space that would normally be deemed sufficient for twelve passengers, two crew and a guide, was ours to stretch out on. Falling asleep beneath the stars, with the sounds of the animals in the background was just amazing.