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Parting is such Sweet Sorrow

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Our Arabic is virtually non-existent, but many of the locals think they can speak English. We have no right to criticize their garbled grammar but sometimes it is very funny. The masseuse at the Basma hotel in Aswan asking seriously, “Would honourable sir like to try to make massage today?” brought a smile, as did an elderly gentleman in Luxor. This dapper septuagenarian, dressed in western clothes rather than the commonly worn galabia robe, had learned English entirely from tourists and books and spoke in clipped Shakespearean rhyme. He ended our brief conversation by intoning, “Ah fellow – well met. But parting is such sweet sorrow.” His salutation nicely summarized our time in Egypt and, despite all the over-enthusiastic sales pitches and demands for baksheesh, we loved our time there – leaving was sweet sorrow, but England and France awaited.
The Pharaoh’s temples and tombs were breathtaking …
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… the mosques and minarets were spectacular…
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… the souqs were crazy…
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… the views from out hotel rooms were fabulous…
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… the food was interesting…
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… and the people seemed genuinely happy to see us …
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Au revoir Egypt. But to anyone wondering if they should visit the land of the Pharaohs, we can only say, “You absolutely must.” Photos and blogs can never do justice to the experience of touching a 5,000 year-old pyramid or clambering into a richly decorated tomb that was carved into the rocks by sophisticated craftsmen two-thousand-years BCE. Nor can this picture of a young Nubian girl convey the moment of consanguinity when we look into each other's eyes and realize that, despite the chasm between our two worlds today, we are all of the same ancestry, and that her forefathers once populated the most advanced civilization in the world.
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Posted by Hawkson 00:50 Archived in Egypt

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Okay well I'm sold now, but will brush up on Shakespeare before going. Loved the pictures particularly the young girl here.

by janet

What a wonderful perspective. You are indeed travellers extraordinaire. The ash cloud over Heathrow will part for you, I'm sure.

Pouring rain on Gabriola nicely filling cisterns.

by R and B

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