Camels and Pyramids. Giza, Memphis, Sakkara

Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
Trip End Jun 07, 2006

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Today I rode a camel. Its name was Moses. He didn't spit on me once.

I decided to try walking into a pyramid, but I knew I probably wouldn't go all the way. First off, you have to walk through a tunnel that's about four feet high so you have to bend over, so I knew that wouldn't be good for my back. But add to that a sprained foot. Oh yeah, and I hate very small, enclosed spaces filled with a lot of sweaty people. I went down to the first chamber, looked down the shaft, said to myself, "Been here. Done this." and promptly headed back up without an ounce of regret. As far as I'm concerned pyramid tombs hundreds of feet below the ground are fine for dead people but not for me. There's no art down there to look at, no mummies, nothing but a chamber. So I didn't really care. Seeing the pyramids and hanging out with Moses was good enough.

Afterwards we drove to see the step pyramids and Memphis. And then I got to watch people make carpets, their fingers flying at a hundred miles an hour. They sat me down and challenged me to do a thread, and the little girl I sat with looked shocked when I did it right... she gave me a very sweet smile. I looked at her, all of about ten, and wondered why the Hell this sweet little girl is in a basement making carpets. Then she turned around and her fingers resumed flying. She was a powerful carpet making machine, that little girl.
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