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... checkpoint in the Sinai
yesterday. A suicide bomber killed thirty one Egyptian soldiers. This occurred at the same type of security checkpoints we entered yesterday along the Suez Canal. The attack occurred on the other side of the Canal, about fifty miles from the checkpoints we had crossed.
Our day started with a visit to the Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa, an ancient underground burial site ...
... told us about his personal journey to the monastery. He knew that he wanted to become a monk and first he completed his studies at the University and then completed the mandatory military requirement of two years. He finished this by the time he was 24 and then gave up all his personal possessions, his family and life to enter the monastery. He was one of the youngest to do so by about 1 1/2 years on the average. He is now in his early 40’s. Mercurius ...
... and very grand and modern. It houses some artifacts from Egypt and also the papyruses containing 'The Book of the Dead’ which shows the mummification ritual and very ancient scrolls dating back to 2000 BC.
Lunch was once again at the local kebab takeaway and we then travelled to local catacombs which are the largest Roman burial sight in Egypt, that ...
... floor, but it is nothing compared to the museum in Cairo, so we didn’t spend long there. We went to a famous hotel called Sofitel Cecil. Sofitel bought out a lot of hotels that were in famous locations all across Egypt including this one. There was supposedly a temple at the site of this hotel at one time and Cleopatra died on this spot. About 500 M from here is the Citadel. The Citadel is where the ancient wonder of the ...
... cut my bangs short again! Not a big deal to most people, but to me, it was a big deal. It made me feel like me again, all crazy and straight bangs again! HA. We met up with Jenny, Dante (from the production cast) and 2 Canadians from the Youth Counselor department. Rochelle and Jenny had warned me what the cab ride to the mall would be like (we wanted to get wifi and mainly just get off the ship in a safe area).... This cab ride was like no other cab ride ...