The damn helps to control flooding, generates hydroelectricity and provides water for irrigation. While its pretty cool - my dad was an engineer and I got dragged to every damn in Australia and to me its just another damn. I'm sure those living on the delta think differently but I'm kinda like seen one damn seen them all, and lets face it, the Three Gorges Damn in China is the one to beat. Never the less, we came, we saw, we conquered.
Boring - no. Relaxing - yes. Spectacular - DEFINATELY!
We headed off from the banks of Aswan literally and right from the start you could tell this would be the highlight of the entire trip. I never go back and do things again, its just a weird mantra I have but this would be without a doubt the exception to that rule. I always figure that there are so many other things out there in this spectacular globe to see that I will never have to go back to something I've done before, but I would fly to Egypt in a heartbeat and repeat this sail. Actually I would change something, I would go further. All the way to Alexandria if we could.
The Seloga Family who's boat it was couldn't have been more helpful or more generous with their time, their effort, and most of all their stories. I'm sure Mohammad is still telling everyone about the crazy Aussies that paid him $10 for an Aussie Flag that had been strung up for what must have been years. Those crazy Aussies have that beaten flag pride of place in their home and every day it reminds us both of what an amazing few days that was.
When you look at a map of Egypt you expect the Nile to flow south, but it doesn't. It flows north. Of course it does. It flows to the mouth but in some realm of twisted comprehension I assumed it flowed north to south, and luckily it wasn't just me that thought that. Egypt is higher in the south than the north so the river flows from Uganda into the Mediterranean Sea at the far north of Egypt . So if you start at Aswan you are travelling north.
Brad asked Haytham if they would let him ride a donkey (horse person that he is) and to his delight they immediately agreed. So up hops Brad and then Les and then not to be outdone, Haytham himself. Brad turns his ass around (the one he is sitting on ) and heads off into the ever dwindling light. This is it I thought. This is going to be one of those travel insurance stories. Brad has ridden off in to the Egyptian Interior on some poor farmers donkey never to be seen again. Just as I'm thinking this Les and Haytham follow suit. I swear it was like watching jelly in a jug. They were bobbing around like corks and the little donkeys were at full trot. Thankfully in about 2 minutes they returned triumphant, Brad even working out how the joy stick worked and had managed to steer his donkey, and luckily the others followed suit.
The locals were hysterical at the boys lack of donkey riding skills and once again - the local interaction made our night. So great to meet some local people who's generosity with what must be their major asset (no pun intended) knew no bounds.