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The Archives of Traveling Egypt

Egypt was the first country to travel upon the departure of America on November 11 2007. I posted 77 times throughout 5 months of travel. Here are all the posts from old to new of my travels of Egypt.

My departure out of the country as a traveling nomad has arrived. About a year in a half ago I decided on the destination where I was going to start. I took a long time contemplating and studying maps of where should I start and what would be a tentative route. I did decided I […]

The Arrival, Cairo Egypt!

November 13, 2007

Only a couple of words can explain my arrival. A major head rush. I cannot think of any other words. Very long flight to Amsterdam, plus the layover. On the plane to Egypt, I sat by a woman who lived in Canada but was from Egypt. We had a great visit and she had some […]

Visa Extended !

November 14, 2007

My visa has been extended for six months, I have to be out of the country by May 12th 2008, although they would have no problem extending it further if need be. They are happy that people visit. The process was not to bad. They didn’t ask any questions, just smiled and giggled at the […]

Another Day in Cairo.

November 15, 2007

I kind of missed the Egyptian Museum today. I caught a little bug from some food, it’s bound to happen. I slept in and went and got some good lentil soup and white rice and hit the pharmacy. They know just what to give you and it is very cheap. Most drugs cost $1.00. I […]

Heading to Alexandria.

November 17, 2007

Hello everyone, I am heading to Alexandria today and looking forward to getting away from sucking on exhaust flumes and smog. I don’t know how these people deal with it day in and day out. The exhaust is the worst of it all. In the morning it settles in the streets, during the day the […]

The Tourist Syndrome in Egypt.

November 18, 2007

These first three pictures are of the Citadel and distant shot of the Pyramids.These next three pictures are of Alex.Today was interesting, I hooked up with a few tourists for some touring. One guy was from New York visiting Egypt for a week and a couple from France and one couple from Belgium. I must […]

Pictures Around Alex.

November 19, 2007

A few pictures from the Roman Theater.The Roman theater.The dark stone in the back is the Roman baths. Today I went to two tourist sites. The Catacombs which they did not let any Cameras in the underground tomb, and the Roman theater. Both sites were interesting. The Catacombs in Alex were amazing. The way they […]

Siwa – Wonderful Relaxation.

November 22, 2007

Well I am out in Siwa, I decided to miss Marsa Matruh, long story. The people out here in Swia are wonderful, very friendly, and welcoming. I am planing on staying for awhile. The hotel I am at, which is located right in the market square, is only 30LE a night with my own bathroom, […]

Siwa – The Culture.

November 24, 2007

The time in Siwa is going very well. I am recovering from the shock of Cairo. All the mosquito bits are healing, my digestion is getting better and I am finding some good chill, quite time. Tonight I am going on an overnight safari into the great sand sea desert, only 160LE and that is […]

The Great Sand Sea.

November 25, 2007

What an amazing place. Total sand which starts at the edge of town. With the 4×4 we went sand dune driving and out this natural hot spring which sprouts out of the desert in the middle of nowhere. Wonderful, relaxing warm water. Of course everyone isn’t nude, although I did not forget my shorts. The […]

Great News, more culture.

November 26, 2007

Great news, I was just offered to rent a house for a week. It is out at Dakrur Mountain. Small little village with a couple of resort hotels in the area. The person brought me out on a motorbike to look at it. Three bedrooms, nice bathroom, full kitchen, roof top lounging area, inside sitting […]

A Set Plan – Siwa

November 27, 2007

This is a picture of what the Fortress of the Shali looked like.Here is the ruins of the Shali, heavy rains damaged it in 1923. It really never rains here, although, when it does; the rain can cause major damage to the mud brick buildings. Siwa would not be the same without the mud houses. […]

Hot Spring Time – Siwa

November 29, 2007

Thanks for all the comments by the way, I am glad many people are enjoying reading this blog. The guy from the hotel is driving me out to this hot spring where the overnight camp is. He will drop me off at 11am and pick me up at 4pm. It will be some nice quite […]

Renting the House.

December 5, 2007

I stopped in town for some food today. Renting this house has been just what I needed, I am getting very grounded and getting ready to head out which be on Monday. I will be back tracking to Alex for a couple of nights and then to Cairo for about seven or eight days. I […]

Pictures of Swia.

December 10, 2007

Here are bunch of pictures of the two temples and of the area. If you are planning a trip out here to Egypt don’t miss Siwa it is a truly beautiful area. Even if you have only three days or so, it’s worth it. This is the ruins of the Temple of Amun. The donkey […]

Great Day in Alex.

December 11, 2007

Today was a very nice sunny day in Alex. I learned a new word. “Bos Shouff” Meaning “only looking” It sounds like buzz off and if they don’t? then I say shouff, shouff pronounced shoe-ff, if you know what I mean. Today I went out to the Montazah Palace Gardens. It is the castle where […]

People of Siwa.

December 12, 2007

These guys were visiting from Marsa Matruh, they are criminal defence lawyers. Crack me up that’s for sure. They had all sorts of questions regarding America. One big question was – what is more important, sex or your job. LOL, have to laugh at that one. The guys in the background run this cafe, I […]

Some Sights – Alex.

December 13, 2007

The above and below picture is of the library in Alex. This Library might be the largest in the world. A grand place I must say, not to be missed when visiting Alex. I have been having a real good time here. Everyone is friendly; really the prices for everything are less expensive compared to […]

Tanta Waa Cafe – Siwa.

December 14, 2007

The best place to hang out in Siwa is the Tanta Waa Cafe and restaurant at the Cleopatra spring. I met lots of tourists here, Western and Egyptian. The owner, who is on the left is from Alex, who also owns a very nice garden farm. His helpers are also Egyptian. I can call him […]

The Second Arrival – Cairo.

December 15, 2007

The Nile River. I must say this time was much more mellow. The train was a smooth ride from Alex. I took the tram to the eastern suburbs train station in Alex, which the inexpensive way to go. It might be slower, but this is the way I am traveling, I have the time to […]

The Egyptian Museum.

December 16, 2007

An update: I have a couch surfing gig happening. I am going to surf this guys couch who lives in the expensive, nicest, area of Cairo. Although, he is from England not Egyptian which makes it easier to communicate. If we get along, which I think we will, then I will stay in Cairo until […]

The Rented House – Siwa.

December 17, 2007

This is the house I rented for one week for only 250.00 LE. So what did I learn from this. Renting this house helped myself accept the infrastructure of Egypt. Basically, everything is made from cement. The first day there was no water, the people I rented the flat from did bring me water for […]

Couch-Surfing – Maadi

December 20, 2007

I moved to the Maadi area of Cairo. What a change I must say. This area is one of the richest areas of Cairo. Many foreigners, and high priced housing. Some apartments are rented out for $3000, that’s dollars, not pounds. Green trees, lawns, very nice landscaping for Cairo. There are American, Italian, Chinese type […]

The Hash House in Northeast ?

December 22, 2007

The Hash House Group. Hello everyone, I have been having an interesting time couchsurfing in Maadi. Peter and I went on a Hash House walk. They are the Hash House Harriers. They are a group that goes on walks and runs and they are all over the world. I could do some hashes while I […]

Building the Wonder.

December 24, 2007

This is a picture of the main square in Cairo, the Egyptian Museum is the big pinkish building. The picture was taken around 10AMThis picture was taken around 12:30PM. The smog has lifted slightly; a clearer picture of the Egyptian Museum. Today I am just hanging out in the neighborhood of Maadi. Checking out all […]

Inside Reasoning.

December 25, 2007

Please take notice of the new poll I posted on the right side bar, just wondering, what is your interest in traveling to Egypt? Today I went to the Khan Al Khalili in the old Islamic area of Cairo with my female friend. Very interesting area. The Khan Al Khalili is a giant outdoor markets […]

Cairo – The Citadel.

December 26, 2007

Here are some pictures of Cairo taken from the Citadel. The Citadel, the place I toured today, was the seat of power of Mohammad Aly. Vast incredible structure. The blue mosque in Istanbul is the largest, although it is said that the Mohammad Aly mosque is one of the oldest and it was built in […]

Update – Cairo.

December 29, 2007

Update: Couch-surfing has been wonderful, an ultimate comfort by staying with a very hospitable person. My ankle is fine, it could have been much worse. I have started to post pictures on shutterfly.com. Follow this link for more pictures, I will be posting pictures from time to time on shutterfly.com. I will be heading out […]

The Red Pyramid – Dahshur.

December 30, 2007

Here are some pictures of the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur. The Red Pyramid is the oldest true pyramid, meaning a perfect type of Pyramid. The Step Pyramid is the oldest, which I will have some pictures posted soon. This area that I visited today gives the feeling of how vast the […]

The Bahariyya Oasis.

January 5, 2008

Greetings Fellow Earthlings, I am in the Bahariyya Oasis 350 KM from Cairo. It is nice to be away from Cairo and the smog. This oasis is very nice. The energy is different, although a long story on why that is. The hotel I am at is very nice, I cut a good deal with […]

Hello everyone, I arrived in the Dakhla Oasis from Bahariyya this evening. I am in Mut, which I will stay at least a week and then go and stay in Al-Qasr for a while which is also in the area of the Dakhla Oasis. I had a very good week staying at the Desert Safari […]

The White Desert of Egypt!

January 11, 2008

The White Desert of Egypt is an ultra beautiful place to visit. Up until this time in my life I have seen several different types of natural landscapes, state parks, and such things. The beautiful tropics of Hawaii, next to the beautiful mountains of Yellowstone, The Tetons, The Grand Canyon, The Sequoias, and Yosemite. The […]

A Mut Update.

January 12, 2008

The town of Mut is really a nice place. It’s the cleanest town I have visited. Hassle free for the tourist, due to the fact that not all that many people speak English, when they do you know they are involved in a hotel or some sort of tourist work, although they are not all […]

Having the opportunity to run into many different types of travelers has been an experience in itself. There is a big difference between quality next to quantity regarding travel. The longest term traveler I have met was a German guy traveling for two to three years, I met him Baharyyia. I did meet an American […]

Heading to Al Qasr.

January 14, 2008

Tomorrow I will be heading to Al Qasr which is only 35KM from Mut, is a little town that has kept its look from the Ottoman years. We will see how long I stay once I am there. The hotel is only 15LE a night. I might not be posting for awhile, if I come […]

Today I just went today to check out Al Qasr and the rest house that is there to stay at. Super kick back and chill village, I will be there for a good week. I will not be able to post for awhile. Here are some pictures of the Black desert.There area (the above photo) […]

An Al Qasr Update.

January 22, 2008

Hello everyone I have been staying in Al Qasr this last week. A very nice small town with warm hospitality. Muhammad, the guy who runs the guest house and cafe is a wonderful, warm, honest-hearted guy, and he is a wonderful cook. He cut me a great deal on my two week stay. Each day […]

From Al Qasr to Asyut.

January 29, 2008

Hello everyone, I am in Asyut tonight. I left Al Qasr today and traveled on mico-buses all the way to Asyut. The arrival was kind of intense because this town is kind of like a small Cairo just without the tourists and hassle. People are very nice and many people speak English due to the […]

From Asyut to Luxor.

January 31, 2008

I have arrived in Luxor. I took a micro-bus (station wagon) from Aysut to Qena, then to Luxor. The ride was wonderful along the Nile River. Today I am moving hotels to a better one in town. The town has very intense energy, although people don’t hassle me due to the fact I speak some […]

The Luxor Temple

February 4, 2008

Here is a picture of the Luxor Temple I took during the evening. I toured this temple yesterday. I also hired a guide in the temple area and found out much more informaion I would have not of known. Notice the two statues of Ramses the II? There was also six standing. There is only […]

An East Bank Update.

February 6, 2008

The East Bank of Luxor is inflected with very non-relaxing energy. Basically for the tourist anything can be attained; drugs, sex, you name it and it exists. For the local population the tourism makes them sick, unless they are making their living off of the tourism. The energy of Cairo is much better then the […]

I just added over 100 pictures to Shutterfly. They are mostly from Bawiti, The Black Desert, The White Desert and the old town of Mut. More is on the way. I am on the west bank today, it has been very difficult to relax staying on the East Bank, I am happy I moved.Yesterday I […]

A Luxor West Bank Homestay.

February 9, 2008

The beautiful River Nile at Karnak. With my mind’s eye I could just see Moses turning the Nile into blood. The west bank of Luxor has completly different energy compared to the East Bank, easy going for the most part, kind of the same as Al Qasr. The family I am staying with seems very […]

The Temples of the West

February 10, 2008

Today, I visted the Temple of Seti I and the Ramesseum which is the Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Merneptah, which was one of the son’s of Ramses II. Yesterday I visted the Temple of Medinat Habu, another temple for Amun. Hatshepsut, Thuthmosis III and Ramses III constructed buildings here at Habu. […]

Tombs of the Nobles.

February 11, 2008

Great news! Last night we all watched the football game of the finals of the African cup. Egypt won 1-0, they are #1 in Africa for football. I could just see everyone up in Cairo. Cairo is most likely going nuts.The family and I are getting more relaxed toward each other. The ladies are very […]

The Temple of Hatshepsut.

February 12, 2008

Today I went to see the Temple of Hatsheput. A grand site; a completely different style of design comparded to many of the temples I have viewed. Three shines, two on each side with the main shrine in the middle. Of course the main shine was for Amun. On the sides, one shrine to Hathor […]

Noticing and observing the effect of tourism here in Luxor has been an eye opener to the motivations of the human heart, not that this is anything new in this world. The inner motivations of mankind are bad from the youth up. Moses wrote this 3500 years ago, this is still true today. The person […]

The Valley of the Kings.

February 14, 2008

The Valley of the Kings is certainly a wonder in itself. Being the big tourist site in Luxor there was bus loads of tourists. They did allow any pictures to be taken inside and I did not want to break the rules. They seemed very strict about everything.I did tour every tomb that was open, […]

I toured the Temple of Hathor which is located in Qena, only 60KM from Luxor. This temple was dedicated to Hathor which is the same goddess as Ishtar and Aphrodite the goddess of love. The temple is virtually intact and a site to behold. Dark chambers, twisting stairways, underground crypts; this temple goes back to […]

The Felucca Trip.

February 20, 2008

The River Nile.The morning view where we docked the first night. Absolutely relaxing, silence and stillness. The only words I can think of sailing on the Nile, just what I needed. The felucca trip was a major relaxing time. The first day we had great wind to the point that we just coasted at a […]

The Temple of Horus is very much like the Temple of Hathor, and also, is one of the most completely preserved temples from the Ptolemaic times – after the time of Alexandria the Great. The temple was started around 237 BCE and completed almost 200 years later in 57 BCE. Same type of design as […]

An Aswan Update.

February 22, 2008

All of the pictures below are of from the Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to Sobek the Crocodile god.One thing that can be said is that Aswan is more mellow then Luxor. The town is not as much of a hassle, and demanding, as Luxor is. Aswan has a lot of Nubian culture, also. Everybody […]

They don’t call this temple great for no reason. The Great Temple of Ramses the Second is the best of the best. The last temple on my tour of the temples of Egypt, although not even coming close to being the least. Carved out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile (now […]

I have left Upper Egypt and have arrived into Lower Egypt – Cairo. How pleasant it is, I must say. Much more opened minded, educated, easy going people here in Cairo. Despite the smog and traffic, Cairo is a special place in its own way. Cairo is filled with a mix of people. Interesting enough […]

The Temple of Philae is on Agilkia Island in Aswan. The temple was moved from the submerged island of Philae. The temple was set up just as it was when on the island of Philae. During my visit the temple was pack with tourists, this temple is difficult to visit without a crowd because a […]

Here is the Temple of Hathor which is in Abu Simbel next to the Great Temple of Ramses II. This temple was also cut out of the small mountain which is the area. Remember what I mentioned about the two anointed ones and the Great Almighty Divine Creator – here is another fine example. The […]

Today I went to visit the Pyramids for the last time. I was able to go into the second pyramid with the limestone cap. A great alternative if you don’t want to pay out the high cost for the great pyramid. Although the great Pyramid is worth going in. I decided to walk around the […]

Port Said – Update.

March 9, 2008

I arrived in Port Said yesterday, I must say, the town is very easy going, lazy, quite, and relaxed. I have noticed towns that are built on an ocean seem to have a special relaxed atmosphere. I will be staying for a good four or five days. The hotel I went with is only 22LE […]

The Suez Canal.

March 11, 2008

The Suez canal, a very important thoroughfare for the world trade, is one of the greatest feats of modern engineering. Construction started by Pharaoh Nekau II between 610-595 BCE, at least a first record of canal digging. Work really began in 1859 and the Suez canal was completed in 1869 with a celebration. Ownership remained […]

Heading to Ismallia.

March 13, 2008

I must say Port Said is a very nice place, a major contrast from Luxor. Everyone is friendly and honest, for the most part. Of Course, when writing regarding positive and negative qualities; it’s not to be taken as an absolute generality. The effect of an ocean is my theory; the Mediterranean Sea releases an […]

I have arrived in Sinai. The bus ride was long, although Sinai is a lovely, beautiful place. I had to connect buses in Sharm El-Sheikh – I have no interest in going to Sharm, what a rip off of a place. I will be in Dahab for a least two weeks, which I will be […]

The sea of Aqaba, an amazing calm sea, pleasant, serene. I went snorkeling today in the sea very close to the hotel. What an amazing place. The coral, and the amount of beautiful fish is indescribable. Major amounts of beautiful fish swimming an arms lengths away. There isn’t any comparison to Hawaii. What a pleasant […]

Blue Hole – Dahab.

March 26, 2008

I went snorkeling in a place called Blue Hole just a few miles from Dahab. A very spectacular under-sea world. The fish in this area are truly amazing with all sorts of different colors. I thought Hawaii was good, this place is great. Snorkeling is so peaceful and pleasant. The coral reefs are the best […]

A quick update: I am feeling much better then I was last week. Due to the temperature change from cool Port Said and Ismaillia to extremely Hot Dahab, I found myself extremely dehydrated. I went to the pharmacy and got a re-hydration solution. Also, I have been having major digestion pain, I decided to start […]

Quick note – I am totally recharged and ready to head out of Dahab. House-sitting/Couch-surfing has made all the difference. A person’s needs are always met in the moment – if direction is provided . It has been an interesting stay here in Dahab. I have observed different sides to this dive haven of a […]

I have been basking in the area of Mount Sinai, which the town is called St Katherine and also El Milga which defines as – meeting place. This is a wonderful area, the energy is fantastic. I have throughly explored the whole area and climbed Mount Sinai – Moses Mountain is what people call it. […]

Back in Dahab

April 12, 2008

This is the Mountain of St Katherine, the tallest mountain in Egypt. I just posted over 100 pictures on shutterfly. I decided to head back to Dahab for a few days before going to Nuweiba. I was able to take a close look at the Middle East Lonely Planet book from a fellow traveler for […]

The Mountain of Moses!

April 13, 2008

The Mountain of Moses – a place and a person most everyone one has heard of. A place that is debated among the so-called scholars of this world, rightly so, they do have a point. Nevertheless, through consciousness by using Kensiology muscle testing, Mount Sinai is where Moses got the Ten Commandments and the laws […]

Heading to Nuweiba.

April 14, 2008

I will be heading to Nuweiba soon. It has been five months since my arrival to Egypt. Most people, including Egyptians look at me like I am nuts for traveling Egypt for so long, although, everyone does have a different perception of time. My perception is that it really hasn’t been all that long of […]

Lovely Nuweiba!

April 17, 2008

Like I have said before, last but not the least; Nuweiba is very nice place with very few tourists, its great. This area use to be packed with Israeli tourists, although since the time of the intifada, the Israeli’s stopped coming to Nuweiba. Tarabin is the area with all the camps, but nowadays it’s like […]

Heading to Jordan!

April 19, 2008

Soon I will be heading to Jordan, most likely in a few days. Nuweiba has been very nice, a good place to ponder the last five months of travel. I am ready to head out, I am not going to wait until May 1st. The heat is on, it will be a very warm summer, […]

The overall travel tour of Egypt. I arrived in Cairo November 13th 2007. Departed Egypt for Jordan April 22nd 2008. Upon the arrival I stayed at the Richmond hotel for six nights. Due to the change in cultures, the smog, and the noise in the largest city in Africa – I took the train to […]

The majestic land of Pharaohs and the Great Pyramids, Egypt is chaotic and beautiful. However, nowhere else in the world can you find the ambience and the wealth that Egypt offers to travelers. While most people travel to Egypt to see the Pyramids, the country offers many more wonders to explore. Not surprisingly, Egypt is […]