Growing up in the U.S., we studied the pyramids, King Tut, and all about the ebb and flow of the Nile River. For a place that I was more than excited about visiting, it sure did take me awhile to get there.
Modern day Egypt is…chaotic, hectic, frenetic, noisy, and downright overwhelming, but boy, is it worth it. Many people explore this exotic country by taking either a Nile cruise or at least a ride on a felluca, often sailed by a local who knows the river well.
The Nile really is the center of all commerce and existence. I love how it cuts through the desert of brown in stripes of blue and green. The very first day we were there, we headed straight to the edge of the river to see the papyrus growing along its banks.
In the city of Aswan, we hired a felluca to take us on a short ride. Who can resist? That wintery day, the winds were so strong that he had a difficult time keeping the boat going in the right direction. He finally called it quits and dropped us off in a Nubian town north of Aswan. We had to take a taxi back to town, but like much of travel, it was an adventure and we got to see something not on our itinerary.
Have you been to Egypt? Did you take a ride on the Nile?
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