Luxor to Cairo and out.
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November 1st, 2008 – by: jlchatham
Karnak Temple is absolutely massive and it seems that every wall and column is covered with hieroglyphics.
Something not so impressive: our hot air balloon ride. It seems that everyone in our group was duped into believing our ride would start in front of a temple on the West Bank and we'd float over the Valley of the Kings. Not so. We started on the eastern side of the river, in someone's sugar cane field. Then we floated over some other people's sugar cane field, hit the tops of two trees, and then landed in yet another sugar cane field. Irritated? Hugely so. It left a very bitter taste in my mouth to know that we'd been flat out lied to by no less than three different people when booking this trip. We could see all the other hot air balloons in the distance, coming over the Nile. Major bummer.
The next day we rented bikes and headed across the river to Ancient Thebes and the Necropolis.
Since we booked our train tickets when we arrived, we were stuck in Luxor for another two days after all this. We didn't have much to fill the day, so we sat in McDonald's a bit using their WiFi. We did manage another bike ride, and made a few excursions through the bazaar, but nothing of real interest.
Upon taking the sleeping train back to Cairo, we decided to use our one remaining day to go to the Pyramids again. This time we actually went inside the middle Pyramid of Chephren. Wooo. It is hot inside the pyramids, and super stuffy, and the tunnels in are very, very small. It was kind of neat being inside a 4,000 yr. old structure, but the insides of all the pyramids are absolutely bare; no paintings of hieroglyphics or anything so not a whole lot to see.
We made it to the airport in the AM on Friday for our flights out of Egypt. The airport sucked and we spent a solid 2.5 hours in lines trying to get to our gates. After a very sad and difficult goodbye, we set out on our ways, me to Istanbul and Jiyoung back to Korea. It's always hard to say goodbye, but this seemed doubly hard. I think it's going to be a long four or so months until we see each other again. It's been an absolutely fantastic month, though, and these countries will always stick out more than others because we were traveling together. I can't wait until our next trip.
Anyway, until Istanbul.
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