We’ve learned over and over that Upper and Lower Egypt were unified as one country long about 3100 BC – it’s referred to as “Reunification.” Today, the Band and the Friends of the Band were “reunified” again and it feels good. J We missed each other!
Seems that the Friends group arrived on board the ship in time to relax and unwind a bit before dinner which was served at 8:30 p.m. Didn’t take long and the place was empty – we had some tired Friends last night! About 11:15, in rolled the Band, safe from their adventure seven hours north of here in the city of Asyut. (By the way, if things go as planned, I’ll have a student review of their time there later tonight.) They were tired as can be, but dinner was waiting for them, so “eat before you sleep” was the mantra of the night.
We "Friends" left the ship at 7:30 today, and there were no sightings of students yet. They had a 9:30 departure so no wonder, eh?
|Love this - see how the boats are docked at night?|
Side by side - we walked through four boats to get to ours,
and this shows the staff washing windows in the morning. Fun!
|Here he is again, at the Temple of Hap-whatever.......|
|"Friends" forever, but awaiting reunification....|
|How about THAT for an action shot?|
Comments from Bekah Walker:
20 January 2011
After our 4:00 a.m. wake up call and flight from Cairo to Luxor, we toured sites at the Nile's West Bank. Luxor houses nearly 50% of the arifacts in Egypt and is what our guide (Walaa) calls an "open museum" because there are artifacts everywhere. We visted the renowned Valley of the Kings and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Thankfully then we went back to check into our hotel so we could all catch up on some sleep!
On the 21st, we left Luxor for the town of Asyut which is further north, for our visit to Assiut University. We stopped at Abydos to visit one of the oldest necropolises in Egypt, which is reported to house the body of the god Osiris. After out tour we continue north with a police escort - down the bumpy roads to Asyut. We stayed that night in the University Guest House.
We performed a 1:00 concert on the 22nd at the University for an enthusiastic crowd. Afterwards, we had a cultural exchange with some of the students there; we talked about school, music, and the cultures of our respective countries. We also posed for what seemed to be dozens of pictures, just like the rest of our concerts. We then hopped back on the bus for the long drive back to Luxor to board our cruise ship (the Al Jamila) for the first night of our 4-night Nile cruise. After an 11:00 p.m. dinner (!) we all went to bed. Here we were, finally reunited with our "Friends" group after what seemed like a terribly long separation.
Bekah Walker is a Junior English and History major from Sioux Falls. She plays the flute and piccolo in the Augie Band and wants to bring a camel back to South Dakota. :-)