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January 1918
Half of the staff got 5 days holiday over Xmas & the other half took 5 days over the New Year. I took mine to cover the New Year & left on the night of the 29th for Luxor & Assouan. [Aswan] 5 of us went together. We had a fairly good trip up in the train. It is 13 hours journey to Luxor & we got there for breakfast next morning & caught a train about ten oclock for Assouan[Aswan] which place we reached late in the afternoon. We engaged a guide named Ibrahim Ayrjad. They are very plausible fellows & are out to get all they can from you. Still it is not much good doing the trip with the aid of books alone. The guides know their work & they know their usefulness too. We stayed at the Grand Hotel at Assouan[Aswan]. It is a nice place & is the best one open up there. The bigger places are closed as there have been no tourists to speak of since the war, except local people & soldiers. We got a felucca

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