[Thursday 2 February 2012]
The schedule for today was:
09:52:10. Casting a net into the Nile. I wish I’d snapped a similar scene a few days later with galabeya-clad and turbaned men.
I went on the tour of the boat with others, given by the manager — just the pilot’s station and the kitchen, not the engine room because we were under way and it would be too noisy. The galabeya-clad pilot, wearing a light blue, circular, crocheted cap, sat cross-legged at the wheel on a high chair. Round the corner from there was his bunk.
Photo taken by Mehran
The mainly stainless steel food storage and preparation areas were visited next. There were interesting “sculptures” from vegetables and fruits.
Photos taken by Mehran
There was a room labelled “dish washer” — and there, within, was a man washing dishes! (We think of a dishwasher as a machine.) Rejoined Janet in the lounge. When we returned to the cabin, we were met by a cobra and a baby!
10:38:39 Mohammed’s “sculpture”: a cobra. (Or is it a swan?) It might have been the other chap’s, Mohammed’s fellow chamber-person’s, sculpture, though. Mohammed was the pleasant young man we mostly saw, but when we watched a demonstration of towel folding a few days later it was the other chap who did it.
10:38:54 Mohammed’s “sculpture”: a baby
10:39:30 Seen from the cabin window: a cargo barge
The sun came out and it got quite hot. At 12 noon we had a meeting scheduled with Ahmed about our visit to Aswan and activities while there, which we all (except Margaret) attended. This was in the forward lounge, which Janet and I been unaware of, with large panoramic windows for observation, accessed from the main lounge. Mehran stayed when the others left, and we chatted. After lunch, Janet and I sat back in the observation lounge.
14:55:09 Children playing on the west bank
Later, we sat in the awning-shaded open-air area at the stern end.
15:35:08 More west bank scenes
We took our “afternoon tea” (coffee!) into the lounge because the breeze had got cool. Ca.7pm our party went ashore for the look round Kom Ombo temple (“temples”, Ahmed pointed out, with dedications to Sobek the crocodile god and to Horus the falcon god). Margaret was well enough to join us.
19:30:32 Ahmed explains the intricacies of the calendar situated here.
19:34:40 Colours still visible in the artwork
Ahmed showed us a wall where surgical instruments were depicted.
Surgical instruments (from the souvenir book)
19:41:38 The circular “Nilometer”, used to determine the Nile’s water level
We bought the Kom Ombo picture book that Ahmed had borrowed from a souvenir-seller. We ran the gauntlet of other traders on the way back to the boat, and were met there with towels and camomile tea. Dinner was what we would call late, again. Our plan to retire for an early night in preparation for a very early start tomorrow was thwarted by Mohammed’s still cleaning in our cabin. When it was ready and we went back inside, we were met by a crocodile!
[Saturday 4 February 2012]
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