Today was my 31st birthday, and I got to spend it in Egypt, visiting the pyramids! It was just so awesome, I couldn’t have wished for a better birthday. And I got to wake up in a fancy hotel room, watch the sun set over Cairo, hang out with a friend – amazing!
Friday mornings are usually quiet in the Arab world, so this made for a perfect time to go check out the Pyramids of Giza. I have to admit though that while they are big and impressive sights, there really isn’t much to them. Aside from the cool mystery surrounding how they were built, and how old they are, I didn’t get the feeling from them I was hoping I’d get seeing them. I was super glad to have gone though, and it was really enjoyable to be there almost alone.
The pyramid of Khufu is the largest pyramid, the Khafre is the one that looks like it has a cap on (the remains of the coating that used to be on all of the pyramids) and the pyramid of Menkaure is the smallest one in the photos. There is also the Sphinx, of course, which interestingly enough Egyptians don’t see as being a cat. We didn’t enter any of the pyramids, as there isn’t really anything to see inside and the price felt too high to just see darkness.
After the pyramids we headed back close to our hotel for lunch at Abu El Sid for some traditional, upscale Egyptian food. The place is really cool-looking inside, with an old feel that could have been taken out of a movie set.
We then headed back to our hotel, and headed to the roof for drinks at sunset. Unfortunately it turned out that our hotel was a dry hotel – but at least we had loads of booze in the room!
In all, it was a pretty cool day, wouldn’t you agree? 🙂