It’s a balmy 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) here in Aswan, Egypt. We had a 12 hour overnight train ride from Cairo to Aswan, arriving about an hour ago. We had first class tickets, so it was comfortable, and we all slept the majority of the way (it was definitely the best night of sleep that I’ve had since arriving here, and Annelinde said it was her best night of sleep since she arrived a month and a half ago).
The hotel we have here in Aswan for tonight is really quite nice (we weren’t sure what to expect, but have all been pleasantly surprised). Right now, Sherin is showering, and we’re waiting for instructions to come down the line about where we’re going next.
Sherin and I have been trying to figure out why a civilization as advanced as the Egyptian one would have decided to stay in Egypt. Of all the places in the world, why live in this heat?!
Tomorrow, we’re traveling down to near the Sudanese border and seeing Abu Simbel, which will be really nice!
Then, we get back on the train and go up to Luxor (which we passed through on our way south). We’ll spend two days there, seeing as much of the area as possible.
We’ll be back in Cairo on Sunday!