Standing in front of a wall with carved pictures (hieroglyphics?), I said to Chris, "I can't wrap my mind around it. It's like I'm in a movie or something."
It was hot. Really hot. Hotter than I've ever been. The kind of hot you can’t cool down from until a cold shower and clothes directly into the washer. Even though the temperature was under 100, the desert sand, dry air, no breeze, sun beating down like it was trying to push us backwards. We were all drenched, my hair was completely wet (even though it was in braids) and my sunscreen melted away almost as soon as we got off the bus. My hat was the only thing that prevented me from frying.
Though my tennis shoes provided more walking support, they filled with sand and were heavy enough to sink with every step. I am not sure how far we walked (several miles) or how much my body will ache tomorrow. I was dizzy and dehydrated and my asthma was not being kind. There were times when I just kept thinking, “You have to do this. You can’t miss this.” And I did make it.
It might have been one of the hardest days, physically, of my life, but I trekked through 5000 years of history because it was AWESOME!
|Entering the main Step Pyramid of Dsojer.|
|The step pyramid/tomb from a distance. I love the view of the Egyptian pulling the donkey in the front.|
|I can't believe I'm standing in front of a 5000-year-old structure!|
|Brandon, an ancient civilizations major, was the perfect guide/teacher.|
|Where they put the insides of the Pharaohs.|
|There are more than 118 pyramids (that we know of in Egypt).|
|I freaking love this camel. It was rolling in the sand like a dog, trying to cool off.|
|I'm like, "Dude, it's hot." And he's like, "I hear ya, dude."|
|A man started drawing these pictures and never finished. Adds a lot of humanity to this experience.|
|Statues of the ancient philosophers (Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, etc.). When we stopped to look, Walther said, "Oh that's from 300 or 400 B.C. It's not that old."|
|The pictures maintained their color so well. They all depicted stories.|
|Just like in "The Prince of Egypt" only not animated. And real. And without the singing.|
|Just kidding, I was singing!|
|The best picture, in terms of size and color that has been maintained over the years.|
|We ate at a great restaurant, outside, after visiting Saqqara. We were so exhausted. I ate a banana and yogurt at 8:00 a.m. and had three bottles of water. We didn't eat lunch until 2. I need to get used to that schedule.|
|And it was perfect, because there were so many sunflowers!|