Travel

If its not 3000 yrs old, its crap

By on November 4, 2016

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?

This is 3000 years older than the Bayeaux tapestry. 1000 AD vs 2600BC.

This is 3000 years older than the Bayeaux tapestry. 1000 AD vs 2600BC.  And it was just hanging an a wall in the museum and it was no big deal, Tom.

This is not the King Tut mask, but it's still cool and realllllly old.

This is not the King Tut mask, but it’s still cool and realllllly old.

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

Half of Abu Simbel entrance. Pic of course does it no justice.

Half of Abu Simbel entrance. Pic of course does it no justice.

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.

This is at the base of the pyramid and these blocks are the same height as me. All the way to the top. They weigh somewhere between 1 and 100 tons. I don't remember.

This is at the base of the pyramid and these blocks are the same height as me. All the way to the top. They weigh somewhere between 1 and 100 tons. I don’t remember.

Hieroglyphics. Everywhere. A big story for every single one. No, I don't know what the story is here.

Hieroglyphics. Everywhere. A big story for every single one. No, I don’t know what the story is here.

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.

There was one temple for a woman king. (Long story). These are the men guarding it.

There was one temple for a woman king. (Long story). These are the men guarding it.

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.

Transportation

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.

Camel

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.

Camel ride selfie means- "look mom, no hands!"

Camel ride selfie means- “look mom, no hands!”

3 camel sistas loving their life as a tourist carrier.

3 camel sistas loving their life as a tourist carrier.

But really I got the last word as I ate a camel burger yesterday.

Donkey

Did I tell the donkey guy that I grew up riding horses? No, I did not.

I think if the ears of the donkey are pointing in different directions like that it means he's super happy to be there.

I think if the ears of the donkey are pointing in different directions like that it means he’s super happy to be there.

This is the foot of a girl who grew up riding horses wearing flip flops on both a camel and donkey. I'm sorry, Dad.

This is the foot of a girl who grew up riding horses wearing flip flops on both a camel and donkey. I’m sorry, Dad.

Train

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.

My roommate took the bottom bunk. Turns out it was noisier. She did not sleep welll

My roommate took the bottom bunk. Turns out it was noisier. She did not sleep welll

Felucca

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.

Chillin on the felucca which was super comfortable during the day.

Chillin on the felucca which was super comfortable during the day.

This was the other boat we were traveling with, but you get the idea.

This was the other boat we were traveling with, but you get the idea.

Just another beautiful day sailing on the Nile

Just another beautiful day sailing on the Nile

Motorboat

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.

This motorboat also had beer and bathrooms so it was popular with us drinkers.

This motorboat also had beer and bathrooms so it was popular with us drinkers.

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.

The 10 of us and the pilot who should have been firing the thing or something instead of posing in selfies with tourists.

The 10 of us and the pilot who should have been firing the thing or something instead of posing in selfies with tourists.

Sunrise shot. It was worth the wake up.

Sunrise shot. It was worth the wake up.

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.

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11 Comments
  1. Reply

    Robert Siddall

    November 4, 2016

    Cleopatra lived closer, in time, to men walking on the moon than she did to the building of the pyramids

    • Reply

      Kerri

      November 4, 2016

      Ok Mr History ?. We didn’t see anything about her actually- but I get your point.

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    Sydney

    November 4, 2016

    Omg – I didn’t know you were in a hot air
    Balloon too! How fun – glad you enjoyed Egypt. I REALLY want to ride a camel!!

    • Reply

      Kerri

      November 4, 2016

      No one proposed to me. Probably a good thing really.

  3. Reply

    Melissa

    November 4, 2016

    Love this!!
    Donkeys + camels + flip flops = me protectively curling my toes!

  4. Reply

    Mom

    November 4, 2016

    What a great update Kerri and so entertaining and awesome pics. So glad Egypt exceeded your expectations. So many fun and exciting experiences to reminisce on. I’m curious as to what the rest of the food was like there (other than the camel burger). And, I’ve never seen a hot air balloon that big before.

  5. Reply

    gtk

    November 4, 2016

    Fabulous buderika. Great pics and recap as usual. Try to remember camels are friends not food!

  6. Reply

    Karen Olson

    November 4, 2016

    Possibly your most entertaining post yet! Didn’t think I wanted to go to Egypt but I might have to rethink that.

    • Reply

      Kerri

      November 4, 2016

      Yes. Rethink it!

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    Aunty Sheryl

    November 4, 2016

    Giggle, giggle, giggle ? and big smile on my face ? loved this update Kerri. And when this adventure finally comes to an end for you, I bet your going to be thanking your lucky stars ✨ there’s no big exam – cause based on your comments about everything I get the feeling you’d fail big time ??? but you can always blame it on information overload ? The most important thing here is that you are having a blast and have the photos to prove it and because of these updates we can all join in on the fun. Love ya lots ? behave yourself & take care

  8. Reply

    Annette

    November 5, 2016

    Your picture captions are the best – lol about your hot air balloon guy and donkey ears! Loved this post!

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