Ahhh Egypt, the land of the pharaohs. Unique in its own right, no land is as mysterious and ancient as Egypt. From the prowess of the Roman Empire or the determination of the British Empire, nothing compares to the longevity of the Egyptians. Their civilization lasted for 3,000 years. Till this day there are still significant finds throughout all of Egypt. One thing you may not have known is that Egypt is situated in the middle of the desert (I know it surprised me too) and boy does it get hot.
After seeing all the highlights in and around Cairo we needed to continue on to the rest of the country. On to Abu-Simbel Egypt! We booked a flight with Egyptian airlines specifically because we love the fresh reminiscent smell of body odor from bodies that have not taken showers for days (actually it was the only flight available). I kid you not, no one was wearing deodorant. When we got to Abu-Simbel Egypt we didn’t have the luxury of stepping off the plane into a freshly air conditioned room with a compelling aroma of fried food and carbonated beverages. No, we were greeted with the kindness and compassion of 104 degree heat (40 degrees Celsius) and that’s when it happened.
We get off the plane and breathed in the magnificence of Egypt. Just realizing at that moment, how lucky we were to be able to see all of this history. Once we started to walk the ground felt sticky. At first we just thought it may be gum or perhaps a bird’s gift to the world. We kept walking and something still wasn’t right there couldn’t possibly be that many birds in Abu-Simbel. As we investigated further we realized that our sneakers were actually melting on the tarmac. We shouted to each other “QUICK! TO THE BUILDING!”.
With our carry-on luggage rolling as fierce as the run of the bulls in Spain, we were about halfway there when we realized it was getting harder and harder to run. We look down and the wheels of our luggage had become degraded. It’s similar to when you take a test in school and you have the upmost confidence that you received a perfect grade only to realize later that you were given a failing grade. Our luggage wheels were degraded to nubs. At least this time everyone didn’t see my underwear! We were literally dragging our luggage on the pavement. Quite the inconvenience at the time but we can now look back and laugh at the case of the melting luggage at Abu-Simbel Egypt.
Egypt Travel Advice: You have to go to Abu-Simbel! Just make sure its coldest time of the year (which happens to be almost never).