Sam Bowker: The Grand Tour Diary (2005 - 2006)

This is the archived journal of a 2005-2006 'Grand Tour' around the Eastern Mediterranean and along East Africa, written by Sam Bowker, whilst in search of his PhD topic.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Egypt - Return to Cairo

Dedicated to Mum and Dad

The "Flight into Egypt" was long, delayed, and tedious, so I'll spare the details.

It is excellent to be back with Mum and Dad again. The first day back was spent catching up with all the stories from the last few months of travel, as plenty of stuff has happened which isn't being Blogged. The collected souvenirs were unwrapped and explained, and the CDs of photos were downloaded to this computer. They'll be posted here when I have a free day.

Last night was an excellent evening of Polish food and culture with academics and archaeologists, at the home of two architectural conservators. A beautiful historic home, filled with wonderful objects, great conversation on all kinds of topics (especially Turkey and central European history) and brilliant food.

Today was a serious Egypt day - I tallied up six Pyramids, explored the entire inner sanctum of two, critically evaluated the Sphinx, and deciphered what I could of an elaborate hieroglyphics-laden tomb. Sensational stuff, and an utterly jammed-full day.

Tomorrow's looking like it'll be spent in the Khan and the Egyptian Museum. More on that later, after it happens.

(On a strange note, the three of us have just been watching Big Fish and noticed, in the credits, there was a song titled "Sammy, where have you been for so long?")


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