So, I had over 25 years of excitement built up when I finally made it there. It was all I had dreamed it to be and so much more.
Waking up in the middle of night to make it there, and sleeping on soaking wet mattresses fully clothed the next night were still worth making it to Abu Simbel.
“A thought went up my mind to-day
That I have had before,
But did not finish,--some way back,
I could not fix the year,
Nor where it went, nor why it came
The second time to me,
Nor definitely what it was,
Have I the art to say.
But somewhere in my soul, I know
I've met the thing before;
It just reminded me--'t was all--
And came my way no more.
― Emily Dickinson