Following a hectic schedule of visits to monuments of Egypt like the Luxor Temple and the Pharoahs’ tombs of ancient Egypt in the Valley of the kings, it was a more leisurely experience to sail across the Nile on an early morning to visit a nearby Nubian village.
As described in the Huffington Post of June 2015:
“The Nubians are one of the oldest civilizations in the world, having lived alongside the Nile river in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan for thousands of years.
Today, most Nubians live on the fringes of society in Egypt. Nubian communities have been forced to leave their homes near the river to make way for reservoirs and dams several times in the past 100 years.”
Straight after breakfast, we left the luxury of the hotel in a small boat that took us to a humble Nubian village which was just waking from sleep.
Our entry into the village was met with this sight of Egyptian flat bread casually laid out in the sun to rise before being placed in the outdoor clay oven.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and the lush agricultural patch, gave one a feeling of escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Fields comprised of corn,date palms and banana trees
The buildings were a mixture of very old humble dwellings with a number of new constructions underway. Among these, an example of Nubian architecture.
The captain of our boat had told us to come prepared with plenty of sweets which we doled out to children who ran to meet us, straight from their sleep.
A waiter from our hotel, welcomed us in to his home for a glass of Egyptian tea. The dining room was set up to accommodate about 25 members of his family.
Leaving this place to return to the buzz of tourist hotels seemed a shame when this humble setting presented such a restful feeling. Of course that is an illusion in many ways, since it was evident that life here was about subsistence living.
Thank you for reading this post and I look forward to you joining me for Part 4 in Dahab which is situated on the shores of the Red Sea.