Saturday, November 1, 2008

Off the beaten Path............

How innocent to take a felucca ride we thought before the night is over we have taken a beautiful ride down the Nile, stopped at Banana Island (not really sure it's an Island) and walked through a village on the West Bank of the Nile River wearing an authentic robe, having dinner in his home with his family. If you are wondering there is no alcohol involved in this story. It is a true account of our first evening in Lu xor.
I hope that this story can relay how very exciting this trip was for us.
To be invited to a home and be served dinner and be able to get pictures is truly amazing.
We were on our way back to the landing by our hotel and our felucca captain asked if we would like to see his village and meet his family. To be honest we had already agreed and were getting off of the felucca climbing the embankment of the Nile before it crossed my mind that we might have thought this through instead of agreeing. The thought does the hotel know where we were going and if the worst happens how soon before someone misses us...Those types of things crossed my mind while walking to the main road in the village. Now keep in mind it was almost dark and there are no street lights where we were at, not to mention we had no idea where we where at except that we were on the West Bank. Then we get into the back of the truck (taxi) and go what we now know is farther west away from the Nile. The we get out and walked into another village. We walk sometime before we come to a very humble home and are invited in when we try to take our shoe's off, they say no please just come and sit and visit. Now keep in mind we have never been in an Egyptian home and when our guide leaves to get dinner started we all look at each other with a mixture of OMG and what have we done. How very exciting. Our guide was the perfect host, and his family was sweet to let us in and feed us (we had eaten at the hotel right before the felucca ride) and were very understanding when we explained we had already eaten.
We had an experience that I will never forget, that anyone who knows me would find hard to believe (that's why there are pictures) and I have to say We got off the beaten path and it was fun and exciting. We have memories that we will share with our family for the rest of our lives. This was our first night in Luxor!


Cairo Typ0 said...

WOW! That sounds like a seriously great day! Truly awesome!

Rory and Cindy said...

How exciting! I'm glad you didn't get dragged off and murdered... geeeeezzzzzzzzzz!