We Four in Egypt

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Off to the Pyramids

Saturday we’re going to the Pyramids of Giza. Not in them mind you, not with two kids who would crawl down pharonic passages and disappear into some otherwise unknown tomb. But definitely around them.

The guidebooks have prepped me for all the bad stuff: aggressive touts; urban development up to the edge of the Giza Plateau; and the real possibility that after seeing lots of photos, the real thing doesn’t impress so much.

Now that my expectations have been sufficiently lowered, I seek awe.

I’ve been doing some weird traveling over the past year. I went to Ethiopia three times but did hardly any sightseeing. And now I’ve been in Egypt a week and while this might usually be half-way through a normal vacation for us, being in it for the long haul means we haven’t been compelled to do much of the tourist stuff. But with Giggle starting school on Sunday, and my first day or work approaching, it’s time to visit the (as the guidebooks remind us) only remaining of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

Apparently here in Cairo it’s good to have the phone number of a reliable taxi driver, and that we have, thanks to a future colleague who is trying to make life easy for us. This guy speaks great English and will also function as a tour guide.

Now if only we can all get a good night’s sleep.

17 August 2007 - Posted by | our life in egypt

1 Comment

  1. Actually, the pyramids are really fun, despite the tourists. There’s one (possibly more than one–it’s been 7 years since I was there and I forget) you can even climb up part-way. Fun for all ages!

    The Sphinx is right near there too, and it’s much smaller than you might expect. But the pyramids probably will not disappoint.

    Comment by Alicia | 17 August 2007

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