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There is plenty I want to say about the visit to Karnak and the Valley of the Kings but not enough time.

A fantastic ‘rub your eyes, how the hell can I be seeing this’ experience. Wandering around trying to avoid bumping into other tourists whilst looking at hieroglyphics and animal headed Pharoah’s as I tried to recall every jazz musician who has named himself after something to do with Egypt and the Pharoah’s. Not to be missed!

So much for heading back to Cairo for the New Year! The desert route was the best option for heading south and we are now in Luxor at the Rizieky camp. We were welcomed with a fridge full of Luxor Wiezen beer and some beer we discovered in Cairo that is based on German wheat beer. Very surprising for a country that drinks very little.

I’ve had my daily dose of fuul. A soup/paste made from fava beans. Served up in the morning, you can see it being served from steel pots by street vendors. It might look awfull but it’s a good source of protein and my body has a love/hate realtionship with it. I’ve read it’s big in Sudan also, so I’d better get used to it! Lemon juice and a few spices are added at the end to spice it up a bit.

We had a good New year, spent amongst the dunes near Al Kharga. We stocked up on beers to add to the last of the spirits we’ve had shaking around in the back of the vehicle since the last border crossing. We also had some fire wood left over from our wild camping in the White Desert. We did get stuck again, this time for longer than before and we just managed to get out before we lost the sun!

We are also enjoying the hot showers and fastest internet to date. We’re here to see the temple complex of Karnak in Thebes and the Valley of the Kings.

We stayed at this place for the New Year………..,30.510493&z=14&t=h&hl=en

January 2010