If its not 3000 yrs old, its crap
Everything in Egypt is old. Like ancient old. I took a lot of pictures of old things and do not recall any of the answers to the following questions that were asked every time:
1. year it was made-say 2500BC?
2. how long it took to make it: 5-20 years?
3. when they discovered it: 1890?
4. how long it took to rebuild it: 2 years to 20 years?
We have heard a lot of stories about gods and kings and kings and gods. This is the god of protection, this is the god of water, this is the god of cows, this is the god of ….. Seriously, if the tour leader reads this he will be very mad at me. I spent a lot of time nodding my head and sometimes even answering the question. But now, all of that information has been levelled down to what I just wrote above. The only word is shameful.
Pyramids, Temples and Tombs, oh my
This is the name of the game here in Egypt. The first view of the pyramids is completely overwhelming and no picture taken would ever do it justice. But I tried.
We saw many temples and they are all created by kings who then become gods (or something like that). By far the most amazing temple was Abu Simbel. It had to be relocated because of the building of the Aswan Dam and imagining this huge structure being moved boggles the mind. This was done over 2 years in 1962.
We also went to the famous Valley of the Kings as this is where all of the Tombs are located. Like King Tuts tomb. We were not able to take pictures inside the Valley at all.
We have been on a lot of different rides on this trip. Of course we spent some time in a cute little bus, but the majority of transportation has been different.
I could not be cool I was so excited to ride a camel. All of the pictures of me on this camel have the biggest grin. Small story-I bragged to the camel guy that I grew up riding horses. Instant regret. He said, oh yeah, then you can just ride him yourself then and passed me the rope and walked away. PARDON ME. So if camels are anything like horses, they can sense fear so I just went with ‘I’m cool, totally cool, this is easy’. The camel picked up his pace a bit and went the wrong way a bit but i brought him back under control. Yes, thats right. I just lied. I did not bring him under control. The man who thought I knew how to ride a camel yelled something in Arabic at my bad camel and it stopped what it was doing.
But really I got the last word as I ate a camel burger yesterday.
Did I tell the donkey guy that I grew up riding horses? No, I did not.
14 hours or 1100 km train ride from Cairo to Aswan. I slept for about 12 of those hours in a dead to the world sort of sleep.
We sailed the Nile on this Egyptian sail boat and then spent the night on it. The sailing part was very cool and relaxing. The sleeping part was not. And by sleeping I mean not sleeping.
The first day we went to the other side of the Nile on a motorboat and we thought it was so cool. Then we did that like 5 more times and we wish they would build a bridge already.
Hot Air Balloon
This trip just got better and better and today on our final day, we woke up at 345am and crossed the damn Nile by motorboat and loaded up in the hot air balloon to ride over the Valley of the kings. But since weird shit happens, the wind said no and we went back the other way over the Nile again. Our guide has done this more than 70 times and he has never gone that way. He was jealous as we got to see some more temples from above-something he has never seen before.
I hope everyone is able to come to Egypt sometime in their life. This trip has totally exceeded my expectations in all ways and I would potentially even come back with you if you were too scared to go alone. Just don’t ask me any questions.