Monday, December 27, 2010

Camels, and an Ancient Wonder

I never could have been prepared for the immense culture shock upon our arrival to Cairo, with such numerous contrasts between its culture and my own. However, as we roamed the streets and alleys of this intimidating city, what was at first shock quickly transformed into an appreciation for Cairo's unique beauty

Can you do that?
After spending a day regaining our energy (much needed after two sleepless nights in transit), and soaking up the brand new culture, it was time to scratch a few things off the bucket list.

We found a man near the pyramids who rented out his camels to tourists, and spent some time drinking gritty Egyptian coffee in a back room behind arabian curtains, until we had finally haggled the price down to one we could both agree on.

I always imagined that Egypt would have pyramids popping up all over the place, but I soon found out that there are actually three main pyramids, with just a few smaller pyramids scattered throughout the rest of Egypt. The three main pyramids are located here in Giza, each one being built as a tomb for a Pharoah - the first was the largest, his son's was smaller, and his grandson's was smaller yet, as it was spiteful to surpass your father. Each pyramid contains the pharoah and his wife. There are three smaller pyramids beside the tallest pyramid, and they are the tombs for that Pharoah's three extra wives. The grandson pharoah's tomb also has three smaller pyramids beside it - same story.

Riding our camels through the desert for 3 hours in the mid-day sun naturally made us hot, weary, and yearning to relax around some shai (tea) and sheesha in a quite alley cafe. Unfortunately, we didn't get that far.

We never expected the major stress that was waiting for us instead.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Insane Mediterrane

The last of the flight and accommodation bookings have officially been completed in regards to our upcoming backpacking adventure. Before you know it I will have the pleasure of embarking on an epic journey with some fellow students (Han Soo, Carla and Lala) for a period of 21 days, in which we will be hitting up the deserts, ruins, and much more in:




With just the bare minimum stuffed into our backpacks, we will soon be hopping from hostel to hostel across these very vast and distinct countries. Each country holds something special, a culture that has been formed and solidified throughout the ages.

Check back here shortly for stories and travel tips that you will not want to miss.