Now. I realized it’s impossible to write about every single thing I saw and did in Egypt in a single post unless I write a 10 pages long post or so. Therefore here I am with some random facts I always remember with a smile on my face!
I love Egypt and Egypt loves me
We were at Kom Ombo and the temple was enlightened by a beautiful sunset. We had an extraordinary guide named Aayed – sexiest man on earth – but seriously, he was the best guide ever, and he was even trying to teach us some hieroglyphics, which of course was super interesting and fun either!
And Ancient Egyptians rock. Look at this
I was standing in front of a panel with a representation of medical/surgical instruments used almost 200 years a.d. and what do I find in there? A FORCEPS.
I was born by forceps!
I was born like an Egyptian! Nowadays forceps is not used anymore, I guess I was the last lucky baby on Earth (1983 docs, check your records!). And this makes me feel special even if there’s nothing too special in it.
I told you I’ve been to Abu Simbel twice – 1st time by plane (thanks mom) and 2nd time by bus (budget trip, u know, hehe). The site faces Lake Nasser and apart from that is surrounded by basically nothing. There was one single rickety tree nearby and I decided that was the perfect spot for a picture. And this photo is still around my place in a frame.
And I was so attached to that tree that I decided to take a picture in the same spot on 2006. I was on the bus, going to the site, and I was wondering whether the tree was still there… and there it was, flanked by a nice & photogenic trash bin
Spot the difference
I’m planning to go back to Abu Simbel on October to shock myself for life at the sight of a sun ray entering the temple and illuminating the statues inside it… all of them except Ptah, the God of darkness and underworld, which has been in the obscurity for nearly 3000 years. How does that sound to you?
Lucky Ptah is on the left
Anyway, I just told you the story of the small tree in Abu Simbel. Hope to find it again on October! And of course I’ll take a picture!
Last but not least:
We were just arrived in Cairo (me & my mom, 2004) and we were staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (amazing! nothing to do with the “Corpse” Hotel, lol ) and we got on this funny taxi – the ones that everyone recommends you not to ride. And we went to Khan-el-Khalili, i.e. the great suq of Cairo.
A guy who worked in a shop started calling me
Bianca! Bianca! Bianca! Bianca! Bianca! ∞
(=white!) making fun of my pale skin.
A couple of years later a bomb exploded in that exact place. And everytime I think about Khan el Khalili I wonder if that guy is still alive.
If you’re wondering why I think about this with a smile on my face, of course it’s not for the bomb! It’s because I can still hear his voice and his laugh. I must have a pic of me and him together, but my lovely lovely vertebra doesn’t allow me to climb the bookshelf and look for it, so I’ll ask for help tomorrow and show you the guy!
No, no digital camera back then (!!!)
The best memories are not necessarily about the “main” things in a trip. On the contrary, small things are what remain in our hearts forever. A tree, a forceps (!) or a smile can make your day!
I could write a lot about the Abu Simbel temple facade, or tell something more about history and mythology. But you have Wikipedia or Lonely Planet for that. I’m going to write about what excited/moved me!
What about sharing some silly memories?