Monday, January 24, 2011

Cruisin' the Nille, part TWO.

What a day.   Or maybe I should say, what an evening!   I can’t possibly go to bed until I tell you what the troops were up to day……and since it’s 11:30 p.m. here in Aswan, I hope I can stay awake long enough to do so!

We just docked in Aswan, but our day began in Edfu.   Another early morning as we wanted to eat a good breakfast before heading out to see the Temple of Horus in Edfu and we had to be back on the boat by 10:00 to sail on to Aswan.   Buses awaited us at the shore, and in minutes we were right in the middle of the Temple, listening to our guides and wondering  how this place could have ever been built!  This temple was built to honor the god Horus (the falcon god) and it was massive.  Built between 37 and 249 AD, the temple is one of the newer ones we’ve seen, but is known for being one of the best preserved in Egypt as it was literally under the sand until excavators began to locate it in the 1860’s (about the time Augustana was founded).   We enjoyed our time here, but it felt good to get back to the ship as well – we had a few hours of relaxation until our next visit at 4:00.

Relax is exactly what we did.  Another beautiful day to sit atop the boat and enjoy the passing scenery and the sun!)

Shortly before 4:00, we came to shore at the town of Kom Ombo and most of the gang disembarked to see the Temple.  This is a Greco-Roman styled temple built right near the shores of the Nile.

 We departed Kom Ombo at 5:30 and prepared for dinner.  Following dinner was the weekly “Galybea night” where everyone dresses up in a typical Egyptian attired and we danced, sang and carried on.  I swear to you, the students had faces of joy as they danced in these goofy duds.  It was fun, fun, fun.
And now the magic question:  How am I going to separate myself from this group of wonderfully witty and talented people at the end of next week?  

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