Climbing into Pyramids!

Trip Start Feb 10, 2005
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Trip End Jan 05, 2006


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Saturday, April 23, 2005

This morning before we left with our driver, I rushed across the street to the Egyptian museum. I knew we wouldn't be back before the museum closed and I wanted to have one last look at King Tutankhamen. Still hypnotic. I spent another 15 minutes staring at his death mask. He alone is worth the trip to Egypt.

I was in the exhibit room at the same time as a lot of British tourists (seniors). They had the most insightful comments I heard. "Imagine a civilization that could create something like this more than 3000 years ago." "When you think about it, it must be the biggest symbol of excess in any century." "This must be the greatest icon of civilization." "A masterpiece..."

Our first stop was Saqqara where the oldest (first) pyramids in Egypt were built. Symbolically, the pyramid's steps represent a staircase by which Pharaoh's spirit could mount to the starry heaven.

While walking through the ruins, one of the police officers asked if I wanted to take his picture, so I did. Then he motions at me and said no no! Then he says to give him money. I said I had none, gave him nothing, and walked away. I should point out, he had a machine gun leaning near his knee. This type of thing happens in Canada too, that is, when you pay the man with a gun. It's called a mugging.

Saqqara lies ten or so miles south of Giza, near the ancient capital of Memphis, which was our next stop. The Memphis museum was small, but there were some very impressive statues.

Our last stop was Dashur, where we climbed inside the Red pyramid, and saw the unique Bent pyramid. Our day ended at the Khan al-Khalili market where we shopped for souvenirs, then called it a day. Tomorrow it's back to work.
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