When I was a kid, we had weekly Bible Study and often read about the rich history of Egypt. There were stories that I still remember; like when Moses performed a miracle that turned his stick into a Snake, and when Joseph the 11th son of Jacob was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but eventually became the most powerful man in Egypt next to the Pharaoh.
I was not enthusiastic about Egypt at that time; for me it was something that I had to learn as a task, or I was grounded by the Parents. But I have changed, and the fascination began when I started traveling and working in Iraq. In the Bible and thousands of years ago, Iraq was called Babylon, and considered the cradle of mankind. As my interest grew, I made a list of places that I want to see, and Egypt was definitely one of them.
Egypt has a rich history, lots to see; but this trip only allowed me to see Luxor and Cairo due to time constraints. My best friend and I have only seven days to roam Egypt. But have already decided to go back to see more of Egypt in the near future.
This trip to Egypt was in October 2010, just months before the Egyptian revolution, or Arab Spring that eventually ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his cronies. Weeks before the trip, we decided to travel via “Fly Dubai” which had recently started direct flight from Dubai to Luxor. Fly Dubai started in May 2010, and was the cheapest and most direct airfare we found. The round trip ticket cost us AED860.00, which is USD 230.00 per person. The flight time was half hour past midnight and we arrived at 02:10 to Luxor International Airport, taking us a total of two hours and forty minutes.
The airline in-flight service was exceptional for a low cost carrier, flying the newest Boeing 737-800’s. The only glitch (at immigration) came when the Immigration Officer questioned me on my nationality; even though I got a visa from Manila. It took him at least 10 minutes to decide if he will allow me to enter Luxor, but he eventually agreed my visa was valid and allowed me to pass. What a relief!
After we got our luggage, we went out and looked for Airport Taxis. Nada! We found private taxis and it took us long time to hire one. Some of them don’t speak English and fortunately I can converse in Arabic, which helped us a lot, in trying to convey the location of “Mara House”, the Bed & Breakfast we had found on Travel Advisor.