Africa is the continent that I could say is my unfinished business, I have only been able to make a small trip through Egypt and without a doubt the possibilities of adventure that exist in this continent are huge. Do not give reasons for not having known more and I have a long way to go in this regard. If someone pretends to be a traveler, he can not settle for just being able to say that he has stepped on the African continent.
In November 2006 Nuria and I made one of the typical trips to Egypt that was divided into a 4-day and 3-night Nile cruise in Cairo to get to know the city and its most emblematic places.
The flight was very peaceful and in just over 4 hours we were in Luxor where they picked us up and took us to the ship where we would do the cruise.
The cruise consisted of going down the Nile river in the south direction to Aswan and the planned stops were in Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan, in all these places as well as in Luxor we had scheduled visits and some small excursions we decided on the March.
We visit the temples of Luxor, Karnak, Edfu, Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, the pyramids of Cheops, Kefren and Menkaure, the Sphinx and the temple of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. We also visited the ruins of Philae, the Unfinished Monolith, the Aswan Dam and different places in Cairo such as the Great Mosque, the Al Khalili Market, the Coptic Quarter, the Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, etc. .
From Egypt (which surprised me very pleasantly) I would highlight some very interesting things for me: the sunsets on the sailing boat are indescribable, the chromatic differences between the green of the fields, the blue of the river water and the ocher colors and yellowish from the desert sand leave you speechless. In a small trip like this you are transported to the past thanks to its ruins and its temples, but you also end up observing how technology and engineering can contribute to developing an area of the world that is still far from ours in all aspects.
Egypt is one of the most important historical-cultural centers in the world, not in vain here was born one of the most developed civilizations of antiquity and it is where writing first appeared, essential means of communication for the human being. Aspects such as architecture (temples, pyramids, cities, …) or engineering (canals, wells, use of the river, …) had one of their starting points here.
A short stroll through its temples and funerary monuments makes you feel the opulence with which the pharaohs and the court enjoyed, make you feel the pain of the slaves working from sunrise to sunset in the desert with temperatures that can not stand or do tourism .
Cairo was presented to us as a truly chaotic city, cars and motorcycles all ignoring the most elementary rules of circulation, a large and dirty city that gives the feeling of being continually under construction, very dedicated to tourists thanks to the weather We can say that it is present throughout the year without exception.
Egypt is a country that when you return home you keep savoring for a long time, and you always say you would come back.
I have to admit that I am not a regular user of “organized” trips but on this occasion and with only 7 days of vacation I decided it was the best option and above all the most economical one. The group with whom we made the trip was very fun and we quickly associated both with each other and with the guide that we had, the first day we were the group of the “Habibi” (friends in Egyptian), this facilitated the trip It became very fun and we keep a very good memory. Little remains of that trip today but we will always carry them in our hearts and be present in our memory. Montse from Madrid and her mother, Elena and sister and Quique from Madrid, Manolo and Elena from Valencia who have already married, Maika and Laura from Bilbao, Fran and Sonia from Zaragoza, Matias and Sofía from Valladolid, all of them Friends forever, I wish that wherever they go, everything goes well.