Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Travel: 8 day visit to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan

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One family's 8 day trip to Egypt from Canada in 2007, described in a daily blog, by family member Kally. I lost count of how many times Kally uses the world "cool", but you do get a vivid sense of Egypt as experienced in someone else's head - for example, being somewhat underwhelmed by the pyramids at Giza, suffering information overload from a guide at Edfu, being unable to remember which tomb was which a day after visiting them, and waiting 10 minutes to cross the road to get to a MacDonalds. Kally doesn't say how old she is, but I wouldn't be suprised to find that this was a typical teenager's experience of a first whirlwind trip to Egypt.

Donna and I opted to go inside the second pyramid for an additional 25 Egyptian pounds. We descended a cramped 1.2 m high passageway and arrived in the burial chamber without too much fuss. The chamber itself was a large, slightly renovated (concrete slab ceiling) room with the stone border in which the sarcophagus would have been placed. There wasn’t much to see and it was hot and humid, so we didn’t stay long. The main attraction of the second pyramid is, therefore, being able to say one has been inside a pyramid and not the actual experience of being inside of it.

See the above page for the entire 8-day blog, with photographs.

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