As I am Lounging on a Hammock Along the Shore of the Nile River…

am currently lounging on a hammock along the shore of the Nile River in the evening here in Luxor, where I can see the Hatshibsut Temple alit across the water while the stars pierce through the blackness of the Egyptian sky, doing something I rarely get to do: have some down time…

…and I paused to reflect on the past few days I have spent in Egypt — and it was an interesting week where I:

  • Experienced some of the worst turbulence I have endured aboard an airplane upon final descent into Cairo International Airport — enough to cause people to become sick where at least one poor female passenger vomited violently
  • Exited the aircraft onto the tarmac in what felt like a blast furnace during an unusual heat wave
  • Witnessed two men who became involved in what was almost a physical altercation at the overcrowded arrivals area of the airport
  • Rented quite possibly one of the worst cars I have ever rented
  • Became the Guest of the Day at one hotel property — simply by driving a car
  • Was trapped in the toilet of my hotel room for at least a half hour
  • Drove between Cairo, Hurghada and Luxor; and workers are currently working on a brand-new four-lane divided highway between Hurghada and Qena as this article was written — a small portion of it has already been completed — which should reduce travel time between the two cities
  • Have already visited the Pyramids and Sphinx — as well as the Luxor and Karnak Temples



I intend to give more details of some of the items listed above in future articles; but for now, it is time for me to enjoy a few moments of doing absolutely nothing — so please pardon me and accept my apologies for not having an article with more substance for now…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “As I am Lounging on a Hammock Along the Shore of the Nile River…”

  1. Kyle says:

    Enjoy! Did you feel safe enough driving around the country on your own? Egypt is near the top of my list of places to go but I’m always a little skeptical of safety in the region (UAE is the farthest I’ve ventured into the Middle East so far)

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I have to say that I never felt unsafe anywhere here in Egypt, Kyle — and I have already been to Cairo, Hurghada and Luxor. There are checkpoints with armed police on the roads everywhere I drove although I was rarely stopped; but driving in Egypt is certainly not for the faint-hearted — especially in Cairo.

      I intend to give more details in a future article…

  2. Charlotte says:

    I’d say stay in hammock, post much, much later. Enjoy!

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