February 9, 2013
Today Kevin kissed a bat.
It all started this morning when we decided to take advantage of our free
day and wander abound on the West Bank. Rick pleaded "tired" and stayed back at the hotel.
Kevin and I crossed the Nile
and took to cab to Dier el Medina. As we started to walk around the ancient village we ran into three of my old friends, who sell
trinkets to touists. Joseph showed us his new motorcycle before we headed on. First stop ... the dump, north of the town where
a great many ostraca were found that gave a wonderful insight into daily life in an ancient Egyptian village.
Afterward we walked
on to the valley fo the colors, the ancient ochre mine. We didnt' find as much today as I have on previous visits, so we headed
Our next stop was the Royal Mummy Cache, near Dier el Bahri.
Then on to try to find the tomb of Senenmut in the
hills south of Dier el Bahri. After looking in vain for about 20 minutes we finally asked a local gaffir for directions, and we found
it. A remarkable tomb with a considerable amount of color and inscriptions.
And Kevin's brief affair with a bat? Well,
while we were searching for Senenmut's tomb, we did happen on sevaral tombs that we felt needed exploring. In one of them, Kevin
turned his head and a bat hit him, smack in the face. So much for a bat's unerrant sonar. It was gross and disgusting, but Kevin seems
to have survived.
After lunch, and receiving word that the O"Donnells flight had left Cairo on time, we headed to the Aboudi
book store. They have sold a total of 60 of our books in the past 3 weeks. Pretty good! If this keeps up, in five
or ten years, Kevin and I will be famous authors.
Supper was a steak sandwich and fish and chips at the Oasis Palace
Restaurant (near the Etap, which is really El Luxor, but no one uses current names here.) Then back to the hotel for our last night.
Tomorrow afternoon we begin our journey home.
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January 16, 2013
Hi Bill - Nigel Strudwick also confirms in his book \"Texts from the pyramid age\" 2 titles \"the sole
companion Qar the revered one born of Khenut\" and \"The overseer of the residence Meryrenefer born of Khenut\" - John
This, of course, refers back to my Jan 15 comments about the full name of the owner of the tomb of Qar - Bill