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... world and Santiago turned into the wind.
The next day, Santiago and the alchemist were heading again to the pyramids.They stopped at a Coptic monastery towards the end of the day, an arab let them in and in the kitchen, the alchemist mixed some ingredients in a pot, including a strange he had. The Arab and Santiago looked in the pot and it was solid gold. "Will I be able to do that?" Santiago asked "It was my personal legend" said ...
... still living in Cairo. There was a big event going on at the Opera House they invited me to, so me Jacob, the only other tourist I've met so far, headed over. There was an apparently very popular Egyptian rock band performing (or at least performing popular songs), so that was a pretty good time. The crowd was younger and more "cosmopolitan," so you could even chat with the Egyptian girls without too many dirty looks. I need to backtrack for a moment and mention that Cairo ...
... golf buggy and showed me the room. He made a big spectacle of opening the curtains and yes, he was right, the outline of the Great Pyramid of Cheops was visible from my balcony.
The porter arrived with my backpack and I both thanked them with a little tip (You're welcome m'am! was their answer to anything I said to them). Then the door shut. A second passed before I skipped, squeeling with joy, back to the balcony to enjoy my pyramid view. Not a bad way to start my ...
... light, no orange urban horizon, nothing. In its place, the light of the moon is so startlingly bright that its refection on the still sea is as bright as the sun and my figure casts a shadow as I stand and watch. Everything glows silver.
I hear my name called for dinner. Yesir appears at a hatch from a large kitchen and produces a stream of dishes and freshly caught fish. 'Tomorrow you'll catch the fish for us' comes in response to my excitement. We sit down to ...
... But I find that all this information, and the mysteries it holds is far more interesting than the monument itself. For me, it was smaller than I expected and the fact that it was such a tourist hub busy with eager sellers was enough to disappoint. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting and I'm glad we experienced it - it just didn't have the 'wow' factor for me. Then again, perhaps it never stood a chance next to an Abu Simbel fan-boy like ...
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