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Conquer the Great Pyramid of Giza of King Cheops - look how small i am in the pic and the shot was only half of the pryamid. The Great Pyramid of Giza was inspired by the steps in Saqqara (which we didn't include in our trip as 3 pyramids are enough to look at :D). The architect of the great pyramid slightly miscalculated the angle so you can see the difference after 20 steps, that the angle suddenly changed. (this was informed to us by the tour guide, i'm not really the archaeologic type :D). And looking at the pyramids, it's made of big blocks of stones (some in limestone). It's a bit boring if you don't imagine how it was built and how the blocks were carried here. Do take note that this was 5000 years ago so technology doesn't exist. Amazing, isn't it? :) There are 2 more pyramids and what I remember is the 2nd biggest which belonged to King Chephren which made his pyramid shorter than his dad as a sign of respect.
Have you sat on a camel's back before? If not, do this in the Pyramids of Giza! You would have a nice background of one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world with this cute beast. But you might be disappointed that camels here only have 1 hump :(. (i thought every camel has 2). The camel sits when you're ready to board on his back (way too tall). I was a bit scared so HT hubbie and I shared one. Once you're ready, the camel stands by balancing you and you by leaning back or else, you'll be falling in no time. (I felt like I was at the peak of the roller coaster and it's about to swoosh down).
The ride was pretty smooth and our camel guide took a lot of pictures for us and he kept on asking if we're having a good time (at some point i want just to put a big YES on my forehead). When we were quite far from where we started, i suddenly realized those questions of having a good time has meaning in it. He wanted baksheesh (this word shouldn't have been invented). We gave him Egyptian pounds but he demanded for Euro (sneaky bastard). I was irritated and told him that we were informed not to give (but we weren't ) and he got scared that his boss would came to know so he asked us to keep our money. Ai yoh...anyways...
Beware of taking pics of people on camesl. They'll lift their arms and ask you to take picture of them. And you know what's next....Baksheesh (again). We went local so we also decided to ask for tip, but nobody bothered taking picture of us...hmph!
We can't get enough of the heat...so we decided to continue our trip to:
Black Desert - chunks of volcanic rock and you can imagine how big the eruption was.
White Desert - unique rock formation that nobody can explain why.
Hot Spring - this is the least i wanted to do when i'm in the desert. I don't get refreshed but dehydrated.
Crystal Mountain - those rocks are made of crystals! I excavated and took a few pieces back home.
rabbit rock formation in white desert
Make sure to walk like an Egyptian before leaving the country
This 4X4 was our savior driving around, to and from the desert
After a few fix here and there, ta-dah! Here's our cozy spot for dinner with our ultimate Bedouin guy! He's a good cook too!
While having dinner, there were small foxes who weren't shy. In the middle of the sumptuous supper, we were surrounded by 20.
We also had Bedouin entertainment and HT hubbie can't stop shaking his booty that night.
See what i mean? :D
Then off we snooze...yes, in the desert.
It's even more traditional than the usual camping with tent. We were just given thin mattresses and blankets...that's it. It was difficult to sleep as the moon was shining so bright and I imagined being attacked by those small foxes or snakes crawling on us (thanks to the Bedouin guy who mentioned that before we hit the sack). It can be pretty cold in the middle of the night so blankets are life savers...even in the desert.
this was the most luxurious toilet we had. You can choose your own rock where you can hide and pee. You can even have two or more toilets for a night. We decided to share one.
It was a great experience. But, i'll never do it again...HT hubbie agreed.
Ok, i'm taking back what i've said of not going to the hot spring. On our way back to Cairo, i just have to take a dip as spending a day and night in the desert with no water to wash yourselves with, hot spring was heaven! We just drank litres of water to replenish our body fluid.
Ah! Back in Cairo...suddenly our not-so-5-star-hotel gave us the feeling of a 6-star. Water, water, water for a good shower, air conditioned room, thick bed mattresses...it was a good way to end our desert and Cairo tour.
My envisioned of Cairo...it's like Manila with older aura. Traffic is the same and the drivers have the same crazy way on the street. The Manilenos will be able to adapt easily in this city.
Whether you're at the desert or at the Red Sea, watching how the sun sets will tell you that tomorrow is another day of exploration in the land...where it all begins.
Part 3...Luxor...here we come!