Karnack and Luxor Temples
Trip Start Apr 06, 2007
110Trip End Jul 23, 2007
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Today was not terribly exciting unfortunately. Our only plans for today was to go to the post office to send a package home, yes another one, and to visit the Cairo Museum. So we packed a bag full of stuff to send home and as soon as I stood up it hit me like a mack truck!!! My back was killing me, not like some mild pain either it was grueling want to lay in bed and die pain!!! It was obviously from yesterdays antics of climbing up and down all those pyramids with a heavy backpack no less. Andrea feeling sorry for me decided to carry the backpack today, isn't she great!!! So we headed off to the post office with a huge bag that Andrea and I carried together and when we finally found the post office we realized it was closed. At first we couldn't understand why it would be closed on a Friday but then realized that Friday and Saturday in the Arab world is like our Saturday and Sunday
Anyways, once we got to the museum we were informed that no cameras were allowed inside so we checked it at the counter since we had no other choice. At the ticket counter we ran into a girl that went to Yale. I remarked that I was going to attend there in the fall and she couldn't have cared less. I don't know if she didn't believe me or if she was that antisocial but she really wanted nothing to do with us so we continued on. The museum was filled with all sorts of amazing Egyptian Artifacts but the real disappointment came with the presentation. Most of the artifacts weren't labeled and only one out of ten had an index card explaining what it was. To make things worse, the index cards didn't proved a date or explain the use or history of the artifacts. It just listed the name or type of artifact it was and sometimes the material used which you couldn't really care less about. So for example it would have a really ornate necklace and the index card, if it had one would say "Necklace, Gold and turquoise, new kingdom"...what the hell does that mean??? I want to know how old it is, which to be fare if I new when the new kingdom was I might know that, but I also wanted to know where they found it who it belonged to and when was it used
Anyways, we headed straight for Tutankhamen's artifacts and boy were they impressive. His coffins were made of gold and they were the most intricate coffins we saw. And boy did we see coffins, lots of them. I only wished they had let me take pictures. I was itching to. We also saw the classic head piece put on the mummy before it goes in the coffin and it was also made of gold
Our other favorite exhibit was the animal mummy room. It showed how a lot of creatures got mummified for different purposes. Crocodiles for example were supposed to be a manifestation of their God on earth so they were worshiped like the king...could you imagine that??? How weird??? How many priests were eaten you think? What's even weirder is, could you imagine an Egyptian pharaoh or high priest being a crocodile hunter/ wrestler...it just doesn't fit. I just can't see king tut saying "ohh crookie" could you???
Anyways, they also mummified house hold pets like cats and baboons, yep they were household pets. Bet-cha you could teach a baboon to fetch the paper and make coffee wouldn't that be awesome...maybe even teach him how to do a back massage...speaking of which, why don't we have more baboons as pets, someone should breed them for domestication that would be great...anyone else agree or am I totally nuts to think that a smart baboon as a pet is inhumane but a dumb dog is ok as long as he rolls over!!
Getting back to animal mummification, they also used to mummify animals for food in the afterlife. So basically if you were an animal you may be mummified for one reason or another. They had in the exhibit several examples of crocodiles, dogs, baboons and cats that had been mummified and they looked terrifying. I thought I'd have nightmares for days. Which reminds me, we've been taking these malaria pills for almost 2 weeks now and the only side effect I can definitely tell it has is that it gives you the strangest and scariest nightmares ever. I can't recall any of them at the moment but they have been pretty bad. Andrea too has been having nightmares. She says that sometimes she'll wake up and I'll be covered in sweat and shaking from a nightmare...incredible huh???
Anyways, after seeing the animal mummification we decided we had seen enough dead things for one day and decided to leave. We picked up our camera and to our surprise it was still there...what a bonus!!! I decided that we could take a shortcut back but in the end I just got us really lost and we took a cab back to the hotel. On the way home as I got us more and more lost we passed through some very tight spaces filled with hundreds of vendors
We did meet a rather pessimistic school teacher from the US that was traveling alone. She told us a little about all her travels around the world and told us that she had a boyfriend but that she had decided to take this trip without him. She seemed like a loner but was desperate to speak to anyone who spoke English. She talked our ear off but once the train started moving she quieted down and I read a ton in my new book "Red Strom Rising" and then passed out. Andrea was put to sleep by the woman before we had even left the station and she didn't move until we arrived in Luxor. So with that I will say Goodnight.
Jose and Andrea