Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Egypt Day 2

First stop this morning was to the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the World... The Great Pyramids of Giza. Standing at the base of these enormous and powerful monuments made us feel so small.
We rode camels around the pyramids. It was a little scary and the camel that Dad and I rode had some disgusting infection on his neck. PETA needs to pay these camel handlers a visit and teach them something about animal compassion.
Second stop was the Sphinx, the guardian of the Giza Plateau. The Sphinx is known to the Arabs as Abu al-Hol, the "father of terror".
Next stop was Saqqara to visit the Step Pyramid of Djoser. We then walked to the Pyramid of Teti (it's not worth photographing because its just a pile of dirt) where we went down inside the pitch dark, claustrophobic tomb following some man who kept lighting matches and yelling "watch your head... watch your head" until we came to the end and saw the king's giant sarcophagus by match light. It was pretty spooky.
Before heading back to the hotel for dinner, we stopped at the Luxor Papyrus Institute to learn how papyrus is made. While Mom and Dad shopped for papyrus, the Egyptian women kept me entertained. We've found a culture that adores children even more than the Italians! Everywhere we went, people kept asking if they could take my picture or if they could hold me. Everyone kept calling me "Habepi" (Mom thought they were saying "Hey Baby") which our tour guide explained was a term of endearment meaning "My love" in Arabic.

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