Egypt is one of those places I’ve always dreamed of going and it was surreal to be there. It was not at all as I expected it to be (which is usually the case when I visit a country for the first time). We flew into Cairo with a plan to see the pyramids and the Nile River. We only had a few days here – this jaunt to Egypt was tacked onto a trip to visit my sister in the Middle East so we didn’t have a lot of time.
I’m not sure what I thought it would be like seeing the pyramids but even when you’re standing in front of them they look fake like a photo backdrop. Another surprising thing to me was how big the blocks were. These pyramids were not built with bricks. More like 5 ft tall enormous blocks. It’s incredible to think about any civilization having the ability to build these enormous structures thousands of years ago.
We also rode camels – check that off the bucket list. It is definitely a desert climate here as you can see. For some reason the local people are obsessed with showing you how to take illusion photos… holding the pyramids, poking the pyramids, holding big rocks over your head, there must be 20 different posed photos they love to watch you pose for. That was Tom’s favorite part of the trip.
The Sphinx …
Closeup of my camel friend…
Here’s a photo of the Nile River running through downtown Cairo. The Nile River is the longest river in the world… over 4,000 miles long. It is the reason there is life in Egypt. Without the Nile, Egypt would be like the rest of the Sahara and ancient civilization would have been unable to settle here. No Nile = no pyramids.
My buddy Hasim at Starbucks learned how to write Hi Erika in English on my cup (he was so close).
Egypt was a fascinating place to visit. Not pictured is our trip to the Egypt museum in Cairo which could be a whole blog post in itself. All in all a great trip learning about an incredibly interesting culture.