Living in Cairo with its traffic and its noise can drain the life out of you so I think its crucial to take a break from time to time, at least for the weekend. For my weekend, my friend and I decided to go to Aswan. We found a great and simple plan by Rove Egypt that involved staying in the midst of a Nubian village with the locals and exploring many different parts of beautiful Aswan. So we decided to pack our bags and brace ourselves for the 13-hour train ride to Aswan.
My first time on a felucca and I don’t think I could have chosen a better location. The Nile was so clear and beautiful, none of the contamination and dirt we see in Cairo, you could just drink straight from the water.
We stayed in “Gharb Soheil” in the midst of the colorful and picturesque Nubian village right next to the souk that was bursting with colors from the African masks, to the spices, and Nubian clothes. And all the Nubian houses around were so beautifully painted, both interior and exterior, creating such a cheerful and stimulating atmosphere.
Our hotel/guesthouse was “Hadouta Masreya” named after the legendary Nubian Mohamed Mounir’s song, and every room was named after one of his songs with an excerpt of the lyrics beautifully painted on the walls. I loved that.
Living such a simple life and becoming one with the nature around you feels so refreshing and clears your mind. All it takes is a view, good weather, good food and good company; and that’s exactly what I got from this trip and I came back with a renewed and energized drive to keep on creating.
A change of scenery is necessary every now and then. I used to think that if I wanted to escape or just travel somewhere I’d have to go and plan a trip abroad. But it’s a shame because there’s so much to explore here and we either take it for granted or get so sick of Cairo we want to just leave the country in any way. So I decided I’d travel more often, and try and gather more inspiration from different places.
What’s your favourite place in Egypt?
(Artists read below)
For the above Ashry Narty hotel that’s opening in Gharb Soheil, they are calling for artists to send in submissions for ideas to paint on the walls, and will choose 30 artists to go to Aswan in May and leave their mark. The deadline for submissions is April 25th and you can find more details here. Good luck.