Aswan Travel Diary

 

Hi sweeties,

It’s been almost two months now since I came back from Aswan and as many of you followed along my trip through my Instagram stories, I decided to write an article about the whole thing. We stayed in Aswan between 24 – 29 November 2018.

Day 1: Let’s go to Aswan!

Yes, today is the day! We’re finally going to Aswan. This trip was something that my husband and I were really looking forward to since it was the first time to visit the city for both of us. Some of my husband’s roots are in Aswan, but he had never been there himself. After a quick one hour flight we arrived at the very small airport of Aswan. After a short power outage we got our luggage and we finally made way to our hotel “Mövenpick Resort Aswan”.

This hotel is located on ‘Elephantine Island’ which means you have to take a boat to get to the hotel; but no worries, Mövenpick has its own boats to transport their guests back and forth. We booked a double room with Nile view and let me tell you, the view was amazing.

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After unpacking our bags we decided not to leave the hotel anymore and just spend the last couple of hours before sunset by the pool. In the evening we had dinner at the buffet restaurant, together with my in-law’s who came with us to Aswan.

Day 2: High Dam + Temple of Philae

Wake up, breakfast and ready to go! Our first stop of the day was the Aswan High Dam ( built between 1960 and 1970 to control flooding better, provide increased water storage for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity). It took us about half an hour to get there from the hotel and honestly, you will only spend half an hour on the dam as well. The views are amazing (great for taking pictures) but that’s about it.

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Then, on our way back to the hotel, we stopped at a little harbor to take a private boat to the Temple of Philae. I was really looking forward to visit this temple since I’d seen so many amazing photos about it on social media. So what is this Temple you wonder? → This large temple complex, relocated to the island of Agilika with the building of the High Dam in Aswan, features the magnificent Temple of Isis that was built in the late Ptolemaic and early Roman periods. The whole site actually exists of two temples; one that is closed with rooms full of hieroglyphs and the other temple is totally open.

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Day 3: Nubian style boat trip on the Nile 

Our third day in Aswan was going to be a calmer day. We drove to a small village at the West Bank; that’s where we got on our private Nubian style boat. This trip took us about two hours and it’s something that you should definitely do when visiting Aswan. The boat took us around the little Islands on the Nile, passing things like for example the villa from Mohamed Mounir (famous Egyptian singer) and hotels as our own and the super fancy Sofitel Old Cataract. After finishing this fun trip we had lunch at the Arti Ka hotel; right where we got on our boat in the first place. It’s a very cute Nubian location right next to the nile where people can have drinks or even have a lovely lunch/dinner.


Day 4: let’s go visit a souk, they said. It will be fun, they said. 

Well, not as much ‘they said’ as ‘I said’, since it was kinda my idea to visit a local souk. I have always wanted to visit a souk, especially after watching Sex and The City in Abu Dhabi where the souks were amazing. Well, this one was nothing like it. This souk was open, next to a very busy street and honestly, did not look clean at all. I think we spent about half an hour there and then we decided that it had been enough. People started yelling my husband’s name (since he’s known from the national football team here in Egypt) and kept coming to him for pictures and we couldn’t move forward really. We were all feeling hot so we called it a day and spent all afternoon by the hotel pool.

Day 5: staycation aka stay by the pool all day yay yay

Well, this was our last full day in Aswan. We didn’t have any visits planned anymore and since it was H O T we made it a ‘stay all day by the pool’ day. Lucky for us there were only two other couples at the pool so we had a very relaxing day. Until now I miss the amazing fruit salad they served in the hotel. Yes, me, eating a fruit salad. It happens! This fruit salad would convert any non fruit eater into a fruit lover. By the way, when your in Aswan, don’t forget to drink ‘karkade’ or hibiscus juice. It is my favorite Egyptian drink.

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Day 6: Back to Cairo? Already?

Well, all good things come to an end, don’t they? After another quick flight we made it back to Cairo. Honestly you guys, I loved this trip. Egypt has always been my favorite holiday destination and I’m so glad I finally was able to discover more of it. I hope by reading this article I made you excited about going to Aswan yourself! So what’s next? Maybe Luxor next year?

If you’re interested in some video footage from this trip, please check my IGTV (@thatgirlnamedbibi).

XOXO

Kloverbox review – September 2018

Hi sweeties,

Another month = another Kloverbox. I was really looking forward to review this one since I saw that there was a nail polish and some candy inside.

If you still don’t know how this subscription box works; here it goes:

  • Choose your plan. Choose from monthly or 3 and 6 months shipments and save! The more months you take, the cheaper the box gets.
  • Kloverbox will choose the best cruelty-free/vegan natural/organic products of that month and ship them to you.
  • Then it’s up to you to discover all their products and feel happy while using them since they’re all eco-friendly. NO GUILT AT ALL, yay!

The September box includes a facial cream, a dry shampoo, a face mask and flushable derrière wipes.

Delizioso Skin Care – Coffee Berry Brighten Facial Cream

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The first thing you notice about this bottle is that it is very stiff which makes it very difficult to get some of the product out. I do like the scent of the cream but to me it smells more like coffee and almonds than coffee and berries. The cream is quite thick which makes it take longer to be fully absorbed in the skin. I tried the cream once and unfortunately I had some break outs on my skin (I think because the cream contains coconut oil). That made me decide to only use the cream on my body and not on my face.

regular retail price: $ 38.00

 

 

Nature Derived Dry Shampoo 

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Dry shampoo is something I probably use every week since my hair is super oily and I’d have to wash my hair pretty much every day. It’s the second time I have tried a powder dry shampoo in stead of the regular spray ones. It worked pretty well! You apply it on your scalp with a make-up brush and the powder gets absorbed quite quickly. I will definitely be taking this one on the plane with me next weekend since I’ll be on a 10h flight to Egypt and my hair ALWAYS looks greasy upon arrival.

regular retail price: $ 12.00

Potion Handmade Face Forward Mask V. 2.0

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This product was not really my favorite. It’s a powder mask that needs water added to it before applying it on the face. You’re supposed to mix 1 teaspoon of the powder with 1 teaspoon of water but that made the paste quite thick and almost impossible to apply. Maybe more water will do better next time but I don’t think I’ll be using it again. I prefer a mask that’s ready to be put on fast than still having to mix things up. I’d also say this mask is very overpriced for the amount of product you get.

regular retail price: $ 18.00

 

 

Tailfeathers Flushable Derrière Wipes – coconut hibiscus

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What I love about this product is that it is totally made out of plant-based ingredients and never was tested on animals. It also has a nice smell to it; I can’t really say if it’s really coconut and hibiscus scented though. On the downside, the quality of the wipes itself could really be better. While trying to get a wipe out of the package my finger went straight through it. Because of that I’ll just be using it as face wipes for my daughter in stead of as derrière wipes.

regular retail price: $ 6.00

 

 

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XOXO

Chai Castle – loose tea samples

Hi sweeties,

The last two weeks I have been trying out some tea flavors from Chai Castle.

Chai Castle is a local BC family business owned by Dara Khamsi. They offer high quality tea sourced from trusted tea estates and they donate a part of their profit to organizations working with animals and children; how great is that? Not only are you drinking some amazing tea but you’re also giving back to animals and people in need. Make sure you keep reading all the way until the end; there’s a nice discount code waiting for you. Continue reading

Love conquers all ♥

Hi sweeties,

Many of you seem to wonder how it is possible for two people of different cultures and religions to have a relationship or even to be married. All I can tell you right now is that it is possible, but it takes work. I live by the rule ‘ teamwork makes the dream work’ so as long as you stick together, you can make things work. In this article today I will talk about our story in general and how we have dealt with all our differences. Let’s start at the beginning…

 

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Kloverbox review – August 2018

Hi sweeties,

Another month = another Kloverbox. I was really looking forward to review this one since I saw that there was a nail polish and some candy inside.

If you still don’t know how this subscription box works; here it goes:

  • Choose your plan. Choose from monthly or 3 and 6 months shipments and save! The more months you take, the cheaper the box gets.
  • Kloverbox will choose the best cruelty-free/vegan natural/organic products of that month and ship them to you.
  • Then it’s up to you to discover all their products and feel happy while using them since they’re all eco-friendly. NO GUILT AT ALL, yay! Continue reading

‘On Yogurt’ = ice fried yogurt heaven

Hi sweeties,

This week we FINALLY paid a visit On Yogurt. And yes I say finally because this shop is literally only 300m away from our apartment and I wanted to go there for such a long time but it just never happened. While I was in Belgium I saw a post of them on Instagram mentioning that they had a limited edition watermelon taco. If you see the picture you can totally understand why I had to try it, right? Continue reading

Kloverbox review – July 2018

Hi sweeties,

Another month = another Kloverbox. I know, I’m a bit late on this one since I’m reviewing the July box and it’s already August, but I could not post a review any sooner since I wasn’t home.

If you still don’t know how this subscription box works; here it goes:

  • Choose your plan. Choose from monthly or 3 and 6 months shipments and save! The more months you take, the cheaper the box gets.
  • Kloverbox will choose the best cruelty-free/vegan natural/organic products of that month and ship them to you.
  • Then it’s up to you to discover all their products and feel happy while using them since they’re all eco-friendly. NO GUILT AT ALL, yay!

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