Our first stop was the Tombs of the Nobles which involved hiring a felucca to take us across to the
At the top, our Nubian guides unlocked several tombs for us. The tombs are carved out of the stone and were once filled with the remains of former rulers and nobles. Now, almost all of their mummies can be found in museums all over the world, but one room was still filled with baskets of bones.
It was very surreal to be able to be close enough to touch the drawings and carvings that have been there for thousands of years. We were also surprised that our so-called “tour guides” were just some random locals from a nearby village who split the baksheesh (tips) for giving tours amongst themselves.
Yesterday afternoon was spent exploring the city and the
Dinner was at Aswan Moon, a restaurant that is literally a boat floating on the
We long night sleep which was abruptly halted by a cold shower – our water heater in our room wasn’t working! Luckily breakfast was so delicious we almost forgot about it – crepes, toast, honey, tea, fresh juice and fruit! We packed up our suitcases and headed out in search of a felucca to hire for the afternoon.
We didn’t have to search long as we were literally accosted by a felucca captain less than five steps from our hostel. We negotiated a reasonable 25 Egyptian pounds ($4) an hour rate and spent the afternoon sunning ourselves as our sailboat floated gently down the
When our boat docked, we opted to Al-Madena restaurant for lunch, instead of taking our felucca captain’s offer for a traditional Nubian lunch in his home. I finally got up the nerve to try pigeon - it came served whole and stuffed with rice and I managed to get about three bites of duck-like but gamey meat out of the bird before I cut my losses and focused on finishing the rest of Eva’s cucumber salad.
We returned to the souk after lunch and did some serious spice shopping, picking up some of the best spices
On the way back from the souk, we stopped back at our hostel for the sole purpose of going to the bathroom – from what we can tell, it’s the only place in
Next we trekked up to (our rather paid a cab driver to drive us) to the Nubian House Restaurant out in boonies of
Overall, we’re definitely glad we came to
Now, we’re on a train to