The other day I was going through the pictures on my iPhone, reminiscing about the memories of the last few months, when I realized . . . . . I have some pretty crazy photos on here that people would like to see! So here are a few from our trip to Egypt last February:
- The main reason we decided to travel to Egypt was to see the Pyramids. For some reason I assumed that they would be located out in the middle of the desert, but boy was I wrong! The city of Cairo/Giza is basically built right around them. I was surprised when we were driving down the road to check-in to our hotel, and BOOM . . . . there were the Pyramids!
- We even had a view of the Pyramids from the pool at our hotel!
- Cairo isn’t one of the nicest/cleanest cities we’ve ever been to. Here is a view of one of the freeways in the city. *Notice the garbage along the center median and the amount of sand along the emergency lane.
- One of my favorite things to do when we travel is to buy food from street vendors. In Cairo you could find just about any type of fruit or vegetable being sold alongside any street. We bought some of these bananas from a guy on a bicycle and they were DELICIOUS!
- Cairo isn’t a very rich city, so one of my favorite things to see were the different types of transportation. Here I was able to snap a picture of a tuk tuk (like we saw in Sri Lanka) and also a donkey pulling a wagon down the street.
- This guy was nearly breaking the speed limit with his 2 donkeys!
- We also saw horses pulling wagons. This one was right in the middle of the city, with tons of speeding cars going by. The engine size for this wagon is 1-horsepower (insert charity laugh here, for my lame joke!)
- When you did see a vehicle, chances were that it was overloaded with either goods (or even people). By looking at this picture, I would assume that this little truck is slightly overweight . . . .
- Even when the trucks got bigger, they still seem to find a way to overload them!
- One day my buddy Adam and I ventured out to the desert to visit some secluded ruins. I love this picture, with the lush palm trees going right in the middle of nowhere.
- Inside one of the ruins we found these awesome hieroglyphics. They were so precise with such outstanding detail.
- It’s kind of hard to see in this photo, but it is a zoomed out view of the hieroglyphics in the previous picture! The walls of the ruins were completely covered in them! Every single image was as precise as the one next to it. It was incredible to view such large areas of them, it must have taken them years to accomplish!
- We also saw lots of graphics like this one. This one was about 6 feet tall, and right outside the exterior door of one of the ruins.
Sometimes I wish I had our big fancy camera along to capture high quality images, however sometimes the images you are able to capture in a moment’s notice with your iPhone, are just as special and memorable.
These are special memories! you are so lucky. I hope to go to Egypt one day!
Did you feel safe there?
Since we’ve moved overseas last August, I’ve yet to have a moment that I didn’t feel safe. We always try to stay vigilant, and make sure to not put ourselves into bad situations. While in Egypt, there was definitely a strong police/military presence throughout Cairo and especially at the tourist attractions.
During our time there, there were a couple bombings at cell phone stores and one at a police station. That being said though, yes, I felt safe in Egypt and highly recommend visiting the Pyramids!