|Once we had arrived at our boat and home for 3 nights, the Melodie, I realised that our (brand new!) camera had been left on the train- oh great horror. After letting Matt ouir tour leader know unbelievably within an hour he came and got Brian to accompany one of the staff back to the railway station, where, sure enough they had the camera. 100 Egyptian pounds to the station master and 100 EP to the staff member and we had the camera back safe and sound. The insurance company would have had a fit if we had lost this one! I must admit we were stunned that it had been handed in before the train returned to Cairo- it was worth paying for such honesty.
After a sumptious lunch we boarded a felucca and sailed northwards alon g the Nile at a leisurely pace until we arrived at a small sandy bank, where we enjoyed a cold but great swim. The water is amazingly clear considering what happens all along the Nile and how many people and boats use it's waters. Afterwards we relaxed over coffee in a Nubian cafe on the banks. The Nubian coffee is made of:
ground coffee beans, cardamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg- delicious. It was avery pleasant way to spend an afternoon, and the crew sang and danced our way back to the melodie, arriing in time for another sumptious meal.