RTW Trip Hurghada to Aswan, Egypt Day 54: Welcome to Alaska!

Since we were flying out of Luxor, we decided to save Luxor for the end.  We left Hurghada in the morning, and took a bus to Luxor, and then a train from Luxor to Aswan.  It was a long day of travel!  We did spend a couple hours in Luxor, dropped our luggage off at the station, and had a bunch of locals yell out “Welcome to Alaska!”

We had some kushari and walked around town a bit noticing a lot of men riding horses trying to sell rides for as cheap as 10 or 20 Egyptian pounds.  Other locals have told us not to ride in them, as the initial price is 10 or 20, and then somehow they end up charging you a bunch at the end.  You will also notice that a lot of the horses seem rather emaciated, and are not fed properly which was a bit sad.

We then hopped onto a local train from Luxor to Aswan, which for some reason was super hot and took 3 hours.  We helped a woman with her luggage, and she gave us a banana which was cute.  She also demanded some of water later on, which was also amusing.

Greg waiting forever for a very hot train

Greg waiting forever for a very hot train

We finally arrived in Aswan in the evening, and we had a nice taxi driver driving us around trying to find a hotel.  The first one was under renovations, and then we found a different one, Memnon Hotel.  It was cheap and ??? It was cheap.  It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great.  Our room faced the Nile River, but unfortunately that meant a lot of traffic noise… all night.  I couldn’t even sleep with ear plugs, so we eventually had our rooms changed to a room in the back the next day.  You could tell that it once was a nice hotel, as there was a pool on the roof, only it was empty, dusty, and depressing, and was probably not used for years!

Our room at Memnon Hotel.  Rooms at the back are not so noisy!

Our room at Memnon Hotel. Rooms at the back are not so noisy!

What I learned:  The tourist information center across from the train station in Luxor has a super clean bathroom and internet kiosks in an AC environment.  We were able to use them for free for some of the time.

Costs:
Tip for toilet 1 LE
Tip for bus from Hurghada to Luxor 2 LE
Kushari 30 LE
Bus from Hurghada to Luxor 100 LE
Train from Luxor to Aswan 62 LE
Taxi from Marriott to bus station 25 LE
Locker at train station 10 LE
Kushari 12 LE at Abou Ashraf
Chips and cookies 10 LE
Taxi to Memnon Hotel 20 LE
Memnon Hotel 120 LE

Total cost: 392 LE / 2 = $27.04 per person

What I learned:  The tourist information across from the train station in Luxor has a super clean bathroom and internet kiosks in an AC environment.  We were able to use them for free for some of the time.

Oh, and if anyone is curious what Kevin Costner is up to these days, he is in a horrible commercial for what I think is canned tuna with vegetables.  We saw this commercial throughout Egypt and Jordan.  You can thank me later.

Actual date of travel: Oct. 27, 2014

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