“Take memories, leave only footprints.”
The end of CC6’s journey with their Danish counterparts included an unforgettable trip to Luxor and Aswan. The trip began like most do, with a 4 a.m. wake-up call (we all know how exasperating those can be).However, one student a bit late, again, but she shall remain unnamed..
After the hour-long plane ride, the tired bunch arrived at the glorious Nile Quest cruise ship in Aswan at around noon. Although the food on the cruise could have been better, the lovely pool and deck made up for it. The students made great use of deck and pool; allowing them to spend their free time bonding.
The tour around Aswan began with a visit to a the historic temple known as Philae. Amid all the heat, students got the chance to appreciate the wall carvings; they were able to discover the stories behind the hieroglyphics and the scripture of kings and gods. “It was truly breathtaking to witness,” expressed one of the Danes.
The following morning everyone woke up bright and early to visit the Nubian village for camel rides, a swim in the Nile, and witnessing the beauty and art of the village itself. Then they began to set sail to Kom Ombo also known as the Hill of Gold, enjoying the temples alongside a beautiful sunset. “It was truly breathtaking to witness at that time,” said one Danes. Kom Ombo was dedicated to two Gods; Sobek and Haroeris.
The third day began with an early morning carriage ride to the Temple of Edfu which is considered the most important temple in all of Egypt because visitors can see all of its ancient features and it is the most well-preserved temple today. The temple itself also was dedicated to Horus of Edfu and had columns that were made to portray the true nature of Egypt.
At Luxor, they began by visiting a 100-year-old masjid amidst a 4,000-year-old temple.
On the last day, a trip to Valley of the Kings took place and regardless of the heat, they said it was an overall exquisite experience; seeing tombs with beautifully detailed art and hieroglyphics. The final stop was Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed. According to the students it was “worth the exhaustion.”
The CC6 students’ usual business and political science homework had been tweaked for the trip. They spent their time at the sights doing tasks and conducting interviews with the Danes.
This fun yet educational trip was definitely one for the books, not to be forgotten any time soon. Unfortunately, like all good trips this one had to come to an end. At the airport heading back to Cairo, it came time for saying goodbye, not the usual see you soon between the students.