Egypt
Naj‘ al Maḩaţţah

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  • Day5

    Sahara Sunrise & a Sunset Sail

    January 9 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    4am is not my friend. That was our wake up call for today so we could join the convey to make our way to Abu Simbel. The only way to cross the Sahara is with a police escort - so hello 4am and 3 hour bus ride.

    It was totally worth it. I’ve been looking forward to Abu Simbel since we paid our deposit for this trip, or really even since my 2010 history class at school (eeek was that 10 years ago!). The entrance is quite dramatic! There are a few unusual things about these temples:
    1. Unlike all the other temples we’ve seen, these were actually carved into the mountain, rather than crafted block by block.
    2. These were moved up onto the hill because th Aswan dam was flooding the temples and ruining them.

    The Aswan dam is like a beautiful version of Lake Macquarie - but man made! The desert starts on the banks which makes for a really unusual contrast; the nile right next to massive rocky sand dunes.

    Walking around the corner, I was immediately impressed by the regal statues of Rameses II. Not a guy you would want to get into a war with - which was exactly the point. Inside was quite well preserved. My favourite wall was the battle of Kadesh. Yep, there’s another depiction of this battle, just in case you missed the other million versions. This one was really beautiful though. Surreal.

    Our afternoon activity was a visit to a Nubian village, which we reached via a motor boat. A few of us got to go onto the roof of the boat and watch the sand dunes roll on by. The contrast between water and desert was, once again, striking!

    Cue camel ride along the Nile. Terrifying. Mildly entertaining. They are crazy creatures. Not to mention the last thing I heard Garry say when leaving the boat was “if you get bitten by a camel, you’re on a plane home tomorrow”. Nothing like riding an animal with poisonous teeth. I’m more than happy for that to be the last camel ride of my life.

    The Nubian village was beautiful and brightly coloured, with a dome shaped roof on every house. They keep crocodiles (not mummified ones this time!) in their houses. For Egypt, the crocodile was bad news, but for Nubians it is a symbol of protection. Matt held one of the baby crocodiles that had a red cord wrapped around its mouth!

    We strolled through the village and did a bit of shopping. MT bought a drum, I bought three scarves and a rug. Returned to cruise ship via motorboat. Happy days.

    Until the first drama of our trip. Matt left his backpack on the motorboat! Luckily he had his wallet and phone in his jacket. Medhat sorted it all out and miraculously the backpack was returned!

    Tomorrow is our last day in Egypt!
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  • Day36

    Nubian Village

    June 14, 2015 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    The Nubian Village was very interesting, the guide we had was very knowledgeable as he is married to a Nubian.
    As we walked into his house there was a glass tank with a baby crocodile inside and then larger cage with two larger crocodiles inside. The guide said they will keep the crocodiles until they are about 8 years old then release them back into the lake. They keep them in their houses to warn bad spirts away. If they die they take meat out and dry the skin in the sun with salt and hang it on a door in the house.
    Most Nubians speak Nubian (which is only an oral language, not written), Arabic and English.
    A lot of words are missing in the Nubian language and are often replaced with English words. Which makes it easier for English speakers to pick up conversation topic whereas it is unlikely that English speakers will pick up conversation topic if they were speaking Arabic.
    Another interesting fact is that Egyptian women move into the mans house and
    Nubian men move into females house.
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  • Day5

    Im Dorf der Nubier.

    October 17, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    Bei unserer Ankunft im Dorf erwarteten uns Kamele, bunte Häuser, ein Markt mit 1001 Dingen, die niemand braucht sowie bettelnde Kinder. Unser Reiseleiter warnte uns davor, den Kindern Geld zu geben. Uns erschien dies als sehr hart, denn ihre Armut war nicht zu übersehen. Der Grund lag darin, dass die Kinder in einer Woche oft mehr Geld von Touristen erbettelten, als ihre Väter und Mütter durch ehrliche Arbeit in einem Monst verdienten. Die logischen Folgen waren, dass die Kinder dieses Geschäftsmodell dem Schulbesuch vorzogen und dadurch ihre Berufschancen verspielten.
    Zum Dorf gehörte auch ein „Haus der Krokodile“. Naja, muss man nicht unbedingt gesehen haben.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Naj‘ al Maḩaţţah, Naj` al Mahattah

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