The hotel phone rings at 3 am. It was time to rush to the airport. We hurriedly get to our ride but find that 4 of our co-passengers hadn’t woken up. We were rudely given 2 options by our guide Amir, either ditch the 4 behind or risk missing the flight. After a series of negotiations, we decide to stick together as a group. They arrive in 10 mins and we speed away.
Enroute to the airport, I witnessed a car engulfed in flames, the most shocking sight I’d ever seen. To my relief, I then saw a film crew shooting the scene. Yeah, it was for a Movie.. phewww..
We reach the airport in the nick of time and then onward to Aswan.
My first impressions of Aswan were,
” OMG!! I am in Africa! “, as Aswan is predominantly inhabited by Nubians of Sudanese decent. We were greeted by our Egyptologist, tour guide and now good friend Michael.
Aswan High Dam is a rockfilled dam across the Nile River funded by the Soviets and completed in 1970. Though the dam helped in controlling the annual floods, the reservoir Lake Naser created by the dam resulted in submerging 22 ancient archaeological sights under water such as Abu Simbel and the Philae temple, which are now relocated with the aid of UNESCO. 1000’s of native Nubians had to leave their fertile lands and homes
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