From the moment my traveling mate and I came in contact with Ahmed Gomaa “Friday” we knew we were in store for a great treat. To begin, the most important thing to commend him on is his “approach”. At the first temple we visited he informed us we will be going back in time on a sort of time machine and asked us to imagine ourselves back when these temples / tombs were first built.
I have to say, this turned out to be a magical way for me to visit these incredible sites. He painted such an amazing picture of what we were seeing of the sites now versus what they used to look like and this called for QUITE A BIT of engaging conversation and questions.
At no time did he ever make me feel rushed, or did he object to any questions we had. Learning he holds a Masters Degree in Egyptology only made his answers to the questions more thorough and insightful. Not only this, it is a life long passion of his to marvel at these monuments and this only added to my enthusiasm to learn more too.
In addition to this, he was so intuitive to the groups interest that as a special treat, he made time for us to visit a temple which was NOT part of our original itinerary. I will be doing a separate blog on the temple but below is the special, amazing and absolutely mesmerizing temple we visited and this is all thanks to Ahmed Gomaa.
Adding this temple to our itinerary turned out to be among the most memorable “unexpected surprises” from this magical trip. It also needs to be added that at all times Gomaa was professional, prompt, and consistently watching over the group.
Finally, I would like to thank “Mr Friday” for the opportunity to experience these temples and tombs w/ someone who doesn’t perform his duties as a guide but as a human being who is passionate and educated in the school of Egyptology. For all these efforts, I will remain greatful.
So, as they say in Arabic, “Yalla Yalla” and cannot wait to go back and thank you once again to you, Ahmed Gomaa.