Last October I went to Egypt with a buddy of mine, Jason. It was a great time: one week of practically no sleeping, going out every night, touring nonstop during the day and a good ol’ fashion balls to the wall adventure.
On our last day, we went to see the Pyramids at Giza. It actually took us quite a while to get there because we must have gotten the only cab driver in Egypt who didn’t know how to get to the pyramids with his eyes closed. We did get to see some fascinating parts of Cairo that I don’t think a lot of people get to see.
In any case, the pyramids were a lot more incredible than I was expecting. I thought it was going to be one of those places that wasn’t as good as you’d imagined once you’re up close (e.g. for me, Big Ben). However, I was quite wrong. The Sphinx was awesome and the pyramids were huge and really incredible. So impressive.
We decided to go up into one and opted for the Great Pyramid. It was wild. You walk straight up a meter-high shaft that runs at a 45 degree angle in 100 degree heat and feel like if the claustrophobia doesn’t get you, the dead pharaoh-god probably will. This goes on for a while and then opens up and has another hike up until you arrive at a large but single room at the top.
This is where the pharaoh was buried (and as they believed he was a god, that is why this qualifies for the religious sites around the world). No pictures. It is beautiful up top and you can’t believe the ceiling is single slabs of granite that aren’t falling all around you. There’s even a draft that’s been designed so that you don’t suffocate. Truly incredible.
To get down we ran in a crab-like position and were out very quickly. Unfortunately I destroyed my hamstrings doing that and literally couldn’t walk. We took a few minutes to allow the oxygen to return to my leg muscles and then proceeded on our merry way. The picture is after that when we thought it would be funny to make some nice illusions. You know, because no one’s ever done it before.
Have you ever been to the pyramids? What did you think? Did you go up inside? Cool? Send me your pictures at JaySolomon@thezenofsouthpark.com.
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