17.10.2007 - 20.10.2007 39 °C
As you can tell from the title of this entry this is what we here everyday from every bloody Egyptian trying to sell us shit! As you can proberly tell its Matt typing this time.
Wednesday the 17th
This morning we were up around 8ish and got ourselves ready for a day touring around Luxor. This place is a really nice city to walk around in Egypt and is nowhere near polluted like Cairo. We headed off from the campsite about9 and made our way to our first stop Karnak Temple. Was a really impressive temple with massive pillars throughout the ruins that stand 40 odd metres in height and would easily be 8 metres to walk around the base of the things.
After here we headed over to another temple, Luxor Temple. I liked this one a little better but my knowledge on these are pretty darn bad. I just really admire how impressive these buildings would have been back in BC times and the difficulty it would have been to construct them.
Once we finished up at the temples we headed off for lunch and then to a jewelry shop where I bought a ring (For me for anyone who is thinking anything else!) and then we made our way back to camp.
As you are aware from Krystal's last entry we were treated to a great dinner of Pig on the spit. A whole 31Kgs of the bastard! It was a great feed and we all headed off to bed nice and satisfied with ourselves.
Thursday the 18th
This morning we were up nice and early for our morning drive to Hurghada. Hurghada is a town about 250 odd kms from Luxor that is placed perfectly on the Red Sea. This is proberly all the place has going for it as besides the Red Sea there isn't much else to do and it is very heavily populated by tourists. For some reason due to the fact there are so many tourists heading to Hurghada you have to be escorted by a police convoy to the place. There are 2 convoys that run a day, one at 8am and another at 2pm. If you miss the first one then you have to wait 6 hours till the next one arrives. Strange people the Egyptians are but I guess at least it gives them something to do with themselves!
We arrived at our hotel around 1ish and chucked our bags in our rom and headed off for lunch at a local bar. After lunch Krystal decided she needed to catch up on some sleep so me and another guy headed to the beach to have a swim and cool off a little. Stopped by another coffee shop for some Shisha and got back to the hotel around 5 to get ready for dinner. We made our way to a Cavery for dinner and had some great roast beef and chicken and washed it down with some beer and vodka. Headed back to the hotel around 12 and called it a night as we had a early get up the next morning.
Friday the 19th
Today we were off to the Red Sea for a cruise out to some reefs and a snorkel. We signed up for this extra a couple of days ago which was really good value for money. For 25USD (30AUD) you got a cruise which lasted about 8 hours, snorkel equipment, lunch, and drinks. Can't really complain about that!
We headed off around 8am and made our way to the marina to catch our boat. Once we got going it was a really relaxing ride which lasted about an hour or so. Once we arrived we dived into the sea and had 45 minutes to look at a pretty cool reef. The reef had a stack of coral through it and the colours of the fish were really cool. After our snorkel we headed back onto the boat and had some lunch before heading off to another reef.
We stayed at the 2nd location for 2 hours and had another snorkel and swim. This time we saw alot of the same things but also this massive dirty eel sliding through the reef. I reckon it was at least 2m long and due to my phobia of snakes, I was steering well clear of the thing.
Once we had enough we hopped back on the boat and made our way back to land to finish up for the day. We got back around 4:30 and went for a few drinks before having some dinner and heading back for an early night.
Saturday the 20th
We were up early again to catch the morning convoy back to Luxor. Got back into town around lunchtime and picked up my ring from the jewelry shop that i had bought the other day. We wondered around town for a while and then headed back to the hotel to head out for dinner. We had a quick bite to eat which was shit but was proberly the first ordinary meal we have had so far.
After dinner 75% of us headed to an Irish pub to watch the rugby World Cup final. I stayed to the end and was very happy to see the Saffa's beat the Pom's. No Aussie can ever barrack for the English. Krystal made it half way through the game so I am proud of her for that much at least. Had a couple pf night caps before heading back to bed to call it a night.
I must be off now but will write another blog very soon to get us up to date. Will also give you the list of Matt's top 10 random things about Egypt.
Until then bye to all, especially Ella the newest addition to read our blogs!
PS. Deano, for your info I have only been pissed once in the last 3 and 1/2 weeks.