Posted by: kmgib | December 2, 2008

A Trip to Egypt: Part 1

Egypt has always fascinated me, and ever since I was little, I wanted to go. I never thought I would make it there, before I turned 21. And it was the experience of a lifetime. Nothing disappointed. You’re riding in a taxi in Cairo and there’s the Great Pyramid on your right, or you’re in the middle of nowhere, and all of a sudden there’s a huge lake and Abu Simbel. It was absolutely incredible. I will take you through my journey in Egypt.

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What started as a really great deal through a Spanish travel agency, soon became more and more expensive when you added taxes, tips and side trips. It started off slow. Our flight was more than 7 hours late, and we didn’t get into Egypt until 3:30am!

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As soon as we got off of our plane and through customs, we went directly to the bus to take us to Abu Simbel. It was a few hour drive through desert, and we arrive at about 6am. It was already warm outside, probably in the high eighties. We walk around this huge hill, and carved into the side of it are the great statues of Ramses II. Across from the statues is Lake Nasser that was created by the dam. These giant statues were actually moved from their original location to where they are now, so they would not be lost underwater.

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At Abu Simbel, we were able to go inside to where the tombs used to be, and the hieroglyphics looked like they were painted yesterday. They were magnificent. There aren’t words to describe this.

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Then we went on our Nile cruise boat, which is a river cruise boat, not like the huge boats, such as Royal Caribbean, that you see advertised on television. we sailed up the Nile, and in the evening, we stopped at Kom Ombu.

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The next day, we went to the Temple of Edfu and spend most of the day traveling the Nile.

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The following day, we went to Luxor, which was our busiest day. We went to the Temple of Hatchepsut, Colossus of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor. It was such an exciting day.

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The Temple of Hatchepsut looks like it was built yesterday. It is so modern looking. And it’s interesting because it is built into the side of the mountain in the middle of nowhere.

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The Valley of the Kings was really cool because we actually went inside three tombs. They were very hot and stuffy, but the hieroglyphics were absolutely incredible. They were so well preserved. It is interesting, however, that up to a point where a person could reach, all of the heads on the hieroglyphic figures were scratched out. We learned that the Christians destroyed many things when they occupied Egypt.

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos in the Valley of the Kings.

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Unfortunately, we went to the Temple of Karnak around noon, and it was blistering outside. My mom nearly passed out because it was so hot. Karnak was absolutely huge and expansive. There’s even a lake in it.

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We went to the Temple of Luxor at dusk, and it was absolutely incredible looking. I won second place at the America’s Fair in Buffalo, NY for my picture of the obelisk.

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