27 March – Off to Singapore

This morning we say goodbye to Egypt and head to Singapore on our way home.  Last night we grabbed an old newspaper from the hotel and wrapped up the vase ready for transport home.  Took a picture of it just incase it doesn’t survive the trip. We’d organised to share a cab with Greg and…

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22-25 March – Sinai

After a day back in Cairo we boarded our mini-bus for Sinai in the north-east of the country. Sinai is quite different with more rocky mountains then down south, the roads were all sealed and our driver set speed records to get us to St Katherine a good hour ahead of schedule. As pat of…

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20 March – Karnak

Located very close to Luxor is the massive ruins of Karnak. This was tourist central with a bottle of Gatorade for sale, 40 pounds ($13), in the searing heat. The main temple was impressive, the highlight being the obelix. They were all made in Aswan and floated down the Nile, very impressive. I liked the…

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19 March – Luxor

A 4am start today in Luxor as I headed out to the west bank to board a hot air balloon. A dawn lift off, perfect morning with very little wind. It was my first trip in a balloon and was impressed by the unobstructed view and smooth ride. It was an awesome way to see…

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18 March – Edfu

This morning we dismantle our toilet and set sail for the other side of the river.  On our way to Luxor we stop at Edfu temple.  This was supposed to be a hidden gem that not a lot of tourists go to but the place is packed! Here are some giant basalt statues of Horus…

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17 March – Felucca

After a great breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts as today we spend the whole day and night on the felucca.  I get comfy with my iPod and listen to some tunes and doze off while we sail up the Nile.  At the end of the day’s sailing we pull into a small island…

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16 March – Nubian Homestay

We have a leisurely morning before our trip on the felucca. We wander back to the markets in search of some bread for breakfast where we find a bakery.  We’re quickly dragged inside and shown through the bakery and how they make the bread and given samples. Unfortunately we didn’t have the camera as it…

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15 March – Abu Simbel

A bunch of our group are up at 3am to join the armed convoy to Abu Simbel. We get to sleep in a little as we’re getting picked up at 7:30 for our 9am flight. We arrive a the airport quite early but don’t even start to board the plane till 8:55am. When we finally…

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14 March – Aswan

We arrive in Aswan in the morning and grab our hotels before wandering through the markets and surrounding streets for a few hours.  The markets are quite long with lots of vendors trying to get you into their “hassle free” shop. There are many stands with scarves, spices and statues.  They all seem to be…

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11 March – To Alexandria

I got up early for our trip to Alexandria only to find there was no hot water at the Victoria Hotel…not a good start to the day. Then we wandered down the road to the train station hoping to get a decent train time to Alexandria.  Apparently you can’t buy a ticket for a train…

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9-10 March – DC to Cairo

After a good sleep-in and a leisurely morning we headed to the airport for the next leg of our journey – Egypt.  This consisted of 2 flights: DC->Frankfurt and Frankfurt->Cairo on Lufthansa. The first was quite painful as there was no in-seat entertainment and much less legroom than previous flights. It really makes the journey…

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8 March – Air and Space Museum

Today we ventured out to the Air and Space Museum near the Dulles International Airport. They have an amazing selection of planes, helicopters and even space craft like the Endeavour. They also had a Concorde from Air France. Such a cool looking plane. Here’s an F35 – a stitched panorama. You can see the amazing…

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7 March – Washington DC

Now that the summit is over we’ve moved onto Washington DC. Today we wandered up the mall taking pictures of all the monuments. Unfortunately none of the water features are turned on and no tripods are allowed. So we got harassed by security  and got very grey pictures but it was a nice, warm day…

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MVP Summit Day 1

Day 1 of the summit was very relaxed, we were able to sleep in and adjust a little better to the time zone. The first session of the day was Steve Marx (@smarx) and Azure, fantastic to see all he bits we have been playing with over the past months brought together as a Twitter…

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Arrived in Seattle

24 hours of travel and here we are in Seattle. It is never fun to travel 15,000 KM but this trip was actually quite good. We flew Air New Zealand, a 777-200 from Brisbane to Auckland which was very rooming in economy then a classic 747-400 to San Francisco. Both planes had awesome entertainment systems,…

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