Melt Like an Egyptian

Have you ever walked around with your mouth wide open in awe for 6 straight days? Well now I have. Our trip to Egypt was too short, too hot, too rushed, and too sleep-depriving (seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted). We walked around in full sun and 100-degree-plus weather the whole time (hence the title. Even if we didn’t literally melt, we were so soaked with sweat the whole time that it sure felt like it).

And yet, it was one of the happiest, most amazing experiences of my life. It was like the equivalent of a brain-freeze of my emotions. It was too much excitement for my over-exhausted body and mind to handle at once and I couldn’t take it all in. BUT I LOVED IT.

I’ll let the pictures tell the tale. I’ll do a follow-up post with the rest but this is what I’ve got for now. 🙂

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Temple of Hatshepsut only a few minutes away from the Valley of the Kings. I got photobombed in a big way but it’s almost better that way?
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Mohammed Ali Mosque
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Shhhhh don’t tell anyone I accidentally took a little nappy while I was supposed to be listening
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So if we aren’t allowed to climb on the antiquities can we sit on them?

Photo cred for those first ones: my new pal Kathryn. That’s why they’re out of order.

 

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FLIPPING OUT AS WE LAND in EGYPTTTT
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Psyched that we got to walk down one of these things
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Our first meal in Egypt was at T.G.I. Friday’s on the Nile. WHAT?!

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Scenes from Cairo 1.0
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Scenes from Cairo 1.1
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Scenes from Cairo 1.2
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Scenes from Cairo 1.3
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Scenes from Cairo 1.4
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Shopping in the street market in the old city of Cairo
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Giant Rameses statue!!!
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Scenes from Saqqara 1.0
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Rameses is not dancing he does not dance at the partieees

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The oldest pyramid!!!
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Aaaand cue cheesy pyramid stance
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Children of Israel wandering in the vast Sahara
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Ahhh I’m so exhausted I can’t even think

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Scenes from Saqqara 1.1
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We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but this was a crazy cool place. Google it if you get a chance. It was where the ancient Egyptians buried mummies of sacrificial bulls in enormous granite sarcofagi.

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Scenes from Giza 1.0
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Not today, Sphinx. No kisses for you
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Hehe
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Is this really my life?!
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We got to see how papyrus paper was made. SO COOL!
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I made the mistake of climbing a little ways up the pyramid of Cheops (the biggest pyramid) and ripped my pants. Hopefully no one noticed . . . also I look very uncomfortable in all my pictures so it wasn’t really worth it hahaha
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Scenes from Cairo 3.0

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Mohammed Ali Mosque. Enormous and ornate. Crazy.

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Mohammed Ali Mosque from the outside.
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Dinner on a boat on the Nile! We got such great treatment on this trip.
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We got a Whirling Dervish show at dinner!
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The nicest bathroom we had all day was on the boat . . . ? Just goes to show

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More boat rides on the Nile 🙂

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Karnak Temple, Luxor. It’s a complex of a bunch of ancient temples and took over 1,000 years to complete. It’s all MASSIVE and covered with colorful inscriptions.
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One of the few statues showing the Pharaoh and his wife.

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The ancient Egyptians loved Washington too, huzzah! JK they’re called obelisks and they’re probably one of the most impressive things I’ve seen.
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I can’t remember if it’s this one or the other one . . . but the tallest one is 97 feet tall, one solid piece of granite. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? How did they cut it perfectly? How did they stand it up? How . . . everything?
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Sacred lake at the Karnak temple, anciently used for cleansing.
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Mary, Me, Allie, Becca
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A tomb with a small box cut out in the top, letting one beam of light through

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We got to ride in one of these feluccas and it was so great. I sail. I’m a sailor. I sail now.
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My new trusty steed!

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Face of unbelief at what I’m seeing

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