The journey back
Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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When I was young I assumed they were solid, just a pile of rocks. So it was neat to see a model of the interiors, and how the funerary chambers are laid out. No, I did not go inside. I wasn't really that keen on a small tunnel trip down in to the depths! There are 3 main pyramids, (later I'll fill in their names) and 6 small ones. There is a lookout point where you can see them all at once. It was weird driving to them in the city, since I started planning this trip and doing a bit of research I relaized that they are right in the city, before I had imagined them out in the middle of the desert on their own
You are not allowed to climb them anymore (though people do I'm sure) but you can go up about 15-20ft to the entrance to go inside. Standing near the bottom looking up, the scope of how enormous they are really sets in. It would be a really contemplative place if you weren't constantly being harrassed by postcard sellers and camel men. It was great just to wander around and reflect on the vastness of the project, and how advanced the Egyptians were so many thousands of years ago! A short history here if you are interested: http://ce.eng.usf.edu/pharos/wonders/pyramid.html
Later that night I took a night bus back to Dahab. It is supposed to be a 8-9 hour trip. Unfortunately, Egypt is not equipped to deal with rain, and the water had washed the road out! So we sat by the side of the road for almost 8 hours waiting for it to dry up. In theory there were workers trying to make repairs as well, but we never saw anyone. Made for a very long night and next day, but we arrived safely aside from that. The worst part was I lost a whole day, since we didn't arrive till 4pm. But, things could be worse!