Saturday, March 10, 2012

That Sinking Feeling

All the water in the world, however hard it tries, can never sink the smallest ship unless it gets inside, and all the evil in the world, the blackest kind of sin, can never hurt you in the least, unless you let it in.

It has yet to be reported how the water got inside the M/S Nile Crocodile, one of the vessels that cruises the stretch of the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Launched in 1989, the Crocodile has been resting on the Nile's riverbed since Thursday, and it doesn't look like it will be going anywhere soon. Nor will the boats docked between it and the Corniche.**

My day started on better footing than the captain's, with a glorious sunrise thanks to the smokey atmosphere.

Visiting the excavations at Karnak Temple I was impressed by the troweling skills of the workmen. Mud brick is difficult to see and to uncover properly but this fellow revealed the beautiful line of a mud-brick wall. Admittedly, some people may not consider this art, but I'm an archaeologist so this stuff is beautiful to me.

** The Next Morning Update: I should have mentioned that there were no passengers on board when the leak 'struck'. There are suspicions that the sinking is insurance related. Let's call it "Nile Lightening".

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