Kom Ombo, Edfu
Today was time to travel from Aswan to Luxor. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But we will save that for the Luxor posting. Travel day was actually quite fun. I ended up on a minibus with people from Canada, US, NZ, Aus, and France. And one Egyptian who was studying to be a tour guide and traveling with his French gf. Useful guy to have around...
We got on the minibus and our suitcases/backpacks were all tied on to a rack above the bus. I kept expecting to see a trail of dirty laundry behind the bus as everything came tumbling down, but I guess it was all tied up pretty securely. The trip took us to Luxor via two pretty cool temples in Kom Ombo and Edfu. Pics below. Edfu is actually not mentioned often as a top spot to see in Egypt, but I think it was pretty much the most impressive temple I've seen this trip. Not as huge as some, but mostly in tact and really intricate carvings on it. The other really cool thing was that there were pretty much no other tour groups on this route for some reason. Our bus had the temples to ourselves and it was kind of nice.
It was of course a billion degrees as usual and early in the morning I started to feel really sick. I was kind of surprised that I hadn't felt ill at all on the trip given the insane temperatures and the fact that I don't think I slept past 5 or 6 on any morning. The first thing that went through my mind was all the wonderful diseases listed in the Lonely Planet. (Typhoid - vaccine recommended for Egypt. Not so much with the time to get that before I left. Leishmaniasis - fairly certain that was a misdiagnosis on an episode of House. ) But it was just a little dehydration and copious water helped.
After the temples and a fun bus ride meeting some really cool people - we got into Luxor at close to 4 in the afternoon. Ah Luxor...you get your very own post.