Friday, November 2, 2007

Day 7: The Dam

As we drove from the airport to our boat dock, we got a special treat: we stopped on top of the Aswan High Dam! I say that with slight sarcasm, but it was actually kinda interesting.

This is a major piece of architecture, damming the world's second-largest river, ending the Nile's regular flooding, and providing hydroelectric power to most of Upper Egypt.


The architecture around here is very different from Cairo, which makes sense because man is it HOT here. In Upper Egypt, the humidity hovers around 18 and the temperature hit 92-95 every day. And this is WINTER! Nubian houses are mostly made of mud brick, and they look a lot like pueblos:

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