Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saqqara--5000 Years of Awesome

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.
We visited a weaving art museum. A french architect moved there in 1952 and taught all the poor children in the village how to weave. It helped them stay in school and achieve something in life. Many of them are still creating art there. His philosophy on art is so brilliant--you let the child create and call it art, not matter what, and continue to give the resources necessary for the child to pursue that art.
And it was perfect, because there were so many sunflowers! 


  1. That camel and that donkey are the best.
    And history is the best.
    I'm super jealous.

  2. Barret--that's why you should come and visit! We already talked about where guests would sleep.

    Also, camels and donkeys are like dogs and cats here. Just roaming everywhere, in and out of the house and such.

    Not true.