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THE bus carrying about 20 tourists from Malaysia was barely half an hour away from the Cairo International Airport in Egypt when someone whispered excitedly, “Look, it’s the Pyramids!”.
Everyone on the bus turned to the right and through the dusty windows, started snapping pictures of the faint silhouette of the only remaining ancient wonder of the world.
Thus began the journey for eight people and their guests in Egypt, their reward for winning the “Nestle Drumstrick Roadtrip to Egypt” competition.
The eight winners had previously entered an SMS-based competition organised by the ice-cream brand for the chance to win a sixnight, nine-day trip to the north African country.
It was the first visit to Egypt for all of the participants, but the excitement dissipated through a long late-night flight. Still, any sense of lethargy from the journey disappeared as they went trigger-happy with their cameras, trying to capture their first images of the Egyptian icon.
The participants of the trip continued this enthusiasm for photo-taking throughout the trip as they spent two nights each in Cairo, the Western Deserts, and in the ancient city of Luxor.
Such was the excitement of the participants during the trip that Ganesh Venugopal, an avid-skateboarder, even lugged his board across the seas to skate in the desert.
“The best moment of the trip for me was when they took us into the desert. I loved every moment of it and even got to skateboard along the long dusty road,” said Ganesh.
The desert also made an impact on Vance Ho from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
“My best moment was when we first visited the white desert because at first sight, it looked like a desert full of snow,” he shared.
In the first two days, the participants stayed at the Bahariya Oasis, where they got a chance to visit places like Black Mountain, where the desert is filled with ancient balsatic flow, and Crystal Mountain, which is filled with hydrothermal crystals.
Besides the deserts, participants also went to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in Cairo, as well as the Karnak Temple in Luxor.
What set the trip apart from regular tours, though, were the “adventures” that the participants experienced.
Besides the hours of four-wheel driving in the bumpy deserts, the participants went on camel rides in the
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