Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DAY 3 GINORMOUS Pyramids and NASTY water

Tuesday was insane as we saw the incredible pyramids which can legitimately be classified as one of the seven wonders of the world! It is impossible for me to describe the magnificence of these amazing monuments!! All I can say is that I can't even imagine what the heck is hidden inside those structures (although many artifacts have been stolen and placed elsewhere), but it's probably more stuff than I could possibly attempt to accumulate in this lifetime! We saw the Sphinx of Khafre (son of Kufu whose tombs are right behind me on my left and right). That was way cool just for the fact that it is the first one ever built and I got to give him a nice big kiss...who can say they kissed a famous ruler from the Old Kingdom period?! I know I can! We had our first lunch in Cairo outside the hotel which was a little scary since our teachers successfully freaked us all out about the bacteria-infested food and water. We were told beforehand to only eat hot foods and fruit that you could peel yourself. Although I was kind of nervous, I did the daring thing and dove right into the culture exploring new foods of all shapes and sizes. To be completely honest, I was pleasantly surprised as I liked the majority of the various dishes I tried. Now that I am on the subject of the cleanliness problems of a third world country, I must tell you that all the rumors are true. It isn't as bad as everyone said it would be but it was pretty nasty to say the least. I actually never had one shower that I felt clean afterward which was way annoying but I guess it is all part of the experience. I am just grateful to be back home and be able to drink the water out of the tap and brush my teeth without a water bottle. We should all be grateful for the little things in life! Our last stop before we were crammed on a plane and taken to Luxor, Egypt (the southern part in Upper Egypt...confusing I know) was the Step Pyramid at Saqqara built by Imhotep as the first monumental stone structure in the history of mankind! Pretty cool, I know. I bet you are jumping off your seat at this moment. Well it was tons of fun to have no clue what was happening next all week long because plans were changing constantly which makes things spontaneous. I do love surprises!! Next post...more old buildings and CAMEL RIDE!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What an amazing experience and what a great time in your life to be experiencing it. I have enjoyed reading your blog and I have been telling the kids about it as well. Even in Virginia you are still their favorite babysitter. Take care, Debbie