As excited as I am to head to Africa in a little less than four weeks, it hasn’t exactly all come into focus. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to head there, and now it’s actually happening. It’s almost unbelievable.
In my current mind, it’s all about being one with nature, seeing the animals, visiting Victoria Falls, climbing the sand dunes in Namibia, hiking Table Mountain, and cage diving with Great White Sharks. This is what I have been thinking about most when my mind wanders to my latest adventure. But, at the very end, what I keep forgetting, is that I will also be visiting Egypt.
Egypt has been on my list of places to visit since…forever. I actually can’t remember it not being on my list. I remember sitting in school playing with hieroglyphic stamps, visiting the Egyptian exhibit at the MET, creating a project on Cleopatra in 6th grade, and a few years ago, I had to stay at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Egypt is a place that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, I’ve been just waiting for the right opportunity to come my way, and this year it did.
After deciding that Jeff would meet me in Cape Town when my tour was complete, we figured that we would only need a few days there. This meant that we could potentially head elsewhere for a few days. While Morocco and Dubai were originally contenders, Egypt eventually won us over, as it was somewhere we’d both always wanted to visit.
Egypt has been a country that has taken over the news here in America, and while many people would choose not to visit during this time, encouraged by that ever present travel advisory, we saw an opportunity to visit the country at a crucial time in its history. But, just to ensure our safety, we hired a private guide through Trip Advisor. This will also help us see everything we want to in the short three days we have.
Our current plan is to see Dahshour, Sakkara, Memphis, and the pyramids at Giza, along with the Sphinx on our first day in Cairo. Then we will take the sleeper train down to Luxor. When we wake up the next morning, we will see Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, Clossai of Memnon, and the Karnak and Luxor temples. Then we will take the sleeper train back up to Cairo. The next day we’ll go to the The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Coptic Cairo, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Garbage City, and end the day with a Felucca ride.
While it looks to be a busy trip to Egypt, I know that in the end it will be all worth it to see a place I’ve been dreaming about since I was little. And, even though it keeps getting overshadowed by the busy and exciting three and a half weeks that lie before it, I know when I get there, and we are standing in front of the pyramids, it will all feel like a dream come true.