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Cruise on the Nile: visit to Aswan

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That morning we woke up in Aswan, since the ship had been sailing all night. When we went down to breakfast we found that almost everyone had gone to visit Abu Simbel. We had planned do the excursion the next day on our own, so we visited Aswan only with Manuel and his family, in total five people, which was fine for me. As Essam had gone with the others to Abu Simbel, a spare guide named Mustafa came to look for us on the ship. He was a native of Aswan and did not speak Spanish as well as Essam. In fact, it was sometimes difficult to understand what he said. The first thing on the agenda was to visit the temple of Filae. At that point of travel, one is already starting to be a little tired of visiting temples.

To get to the temple of Filae it is necessary to get on a boat.

The refreshing thing about the Filae temple is that you have to take a small motor boat to get there, since it is on a small island. In fact, the temple was originally not here, but with the construction of the dam it had to be relocated. That made the start of the visit more rewarding, although entering it was a bit more of the same. Before getting off the boat, I noticed that on a nearby island there was a tourist policeman, with no other means of transportation to get out of there than his swimming ability. And I wondered what that man would do if an emergency occurred. On security in Egypt, it is true that there are many tourist police, but some are in places that I really do not understand what the strategic sense is ...

Filae Temple

The temple of Filae is dedicated mainly to Isis, and during the reconstruction it is seen that they did not have enough space and they had to put a colonnade in the middle of the pylon, and I say, since they moved it they could not put it in a place where everything entered ?

Horus?

When leaving Filae we went to visit a fantastic perfume and essence factory, of those that are not on the itinerary and of which the agency takes a nice commission. Anyway, we went to the factory and the clerk gave us all a paper with a brief explanation and a pen where we had to go to the school plan that perfumes corresponded to the designer brands (since for rights issues they could not put the names directly). He also explained that essences were used to perfume and cure diseases. They let us try several and at the end of the explanation they told us without further ado: "Well, and now is when you have to buy." I was a bit stunned by direct size. When one of the vendors approached us and asked us what we were interested in and I replied that we did not want to buy anything, he turned and turned his full attention to Manolo and his family, who bought 4 bottles. I went to clean my hands because I had so many perfume tests on them that even gave me a headache. As for the prices, they were not cheap (here no surprise), for a small bottle they asked for 125 L.E., when at Jordi's store in Cairo it was worth 16 L.E. As in Luxor, we were also told that the Aswan were the good and authentic ... But of course, who knows that?

In the essence shop

When we left the store we returned to the van and went to visit the great dam. Great work of Russian engineering, but other than that, the truth is that the visit had no more. See a very large dam? Ummm, okay, cool ... And? When we got back to the van, Mustafa, who was a bit horny, told us that if we wanted to go to a jewelry store to buy gold pieces, but we responded with a slightly dark look and got the message and laughed. The truth is that it was not clear to me if the visit was included in the hidden agenda or if I was joking ...

The obelisk was left unfinished because the pot with the size went away.

The last visit in the morning was the unfinished obelisk. Upon arriving at the quarry, Mustafa explained to us how the obelisks had been built and that there was one that had become encased in the stone because they made it so large that when they began to lift it it broke. In the quarry it was unbearable heat of about 45 degrees or more. At 12 we returned to the ship and took a dip in the pool. In Aswan it is very hot, but the worst thing is that when the wind blows the air is boiling and it is like being in an oven with the fan mode on.

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