The Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Crawling down into the tombs of Saqqara, location of an ancient burial site and the oldest pyramid.
The outside of the tombs at Saqqara.
Hanging out at Saqqara.
A peek inside the tombs of Saqqara.
One of the many beautiful walls inside the tombs at Saqqara.
Pyramid of Djoser – also known as the step pyramid. This is the oldest pyramid…ever.
The funerary complex of Djoser, located at Saqqara.
Inside the funerary complex of Djoser.
The location where ancient Egyptians would start the mummification process.
A carpet in the process of being woven at the Nile School for Countryside Carpet.
Learning how to make a carpet, one little stitch at a time. Maybe I’ll swing by to finish it later.
A beautiful woven tapestry at the carpet school.
So excited to explore the Egyptian desert with our new camel friends!
Our camels Michael Jackson and Mike Tyson.
Checking out the Pyramids of Giza.
Jumping for joy to be visiting the Giza pyramids.
Just standing on the last of the Seven Wonders of the World. No big deal.
Think we could have climbed it to the top if we tried?
The Great Sphinx of Giza.
Posing inside the walls of the Sphinx.
Kissing my new Sphinx friend.
Hello from Egypt! I arrived in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday and have been having an absolute ball ever since. I am traveling with one of my good friends from work and so far cannot get enough of Cairo, where we will be staying for the duration of our trip. It is so surreal to be exploring this wonderful country full of so much life and history. A lot of our friends had concerns about us visiting the Middle East, but the people of Egypt have been nothing but friendly and welcoming. Our only safety concern has been when riding around in a car on those crazy Cairo streets! I say this because apparently the lines on the road are only a suggestion, not an actual rule that must be followed. But somehow, everyone makes it work and I have yet to see an accident here!
During our first couple days, we had some free time to explore before our tour started, so we took an Uber around town to do a little shopping. And by a little, I actually mean a lot. We started at the Mall of Arabia, which is by far the largest and nicest mall I have seen in my entire life. Talk about heaven on earth for me. We also braved the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, which is full of people, wonderful colors, hole-in-the-wall shops, and trinkets to haggle over.
Yesterday we began our tour by first visiting Saqqara, home to ancient burial tombs and the first pyramid ever built, the Pyramid of Djoser. Here we crawled into the tombs and wandered around the funerary complex and the area in which mummies were once made!
Next we headed over to the Nile School for Countryside Carpet. This is where carpets are made to raise money to send children to school in the countryside. We learned how the rugs are made and even had the opportunity to add a stitch into one of the rugs ourselves. I quickly learned that I would not have the patience for such a skill, as it takes sooo many stitches to form just one square inch!
The last part of our day was by far my favorite. We rode camels around the pyramids at Giza, stopping for many photo opportunities and to enter the Great Sphinx of Giza. One of the things on my 30 before 30 list was to ride a camel, so I was thrilled with the whole experience. Our camels were named Mike Tyson (because he was very strong) and Michael Jackson (because he liked to move around a lot). We had a very friendly tour guide during our camel ride through the desert, who offered us 5,000 camels each to marry him. We of course tried to negotiate for even more.
Stay tuned for more to come from this amazing, once in a lifetime trip! As always, thank you so much for stopping by!