P is for the Pyramids
My life changed in 1993 when I went to Egypt. I was still teaching overseas, traveling and seeing the world’s wonders – in spite of gradually losing my vision. I was living my dream. When I look back at that time, I think how wonderful God was to give me this time and sights to behold.
This is in Saqqara, about 30 km south of modern-day Cairo. Here I am riding a camel in front of the oldest, complete stone complex known in history — the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser!! It dates back to the Third Dynasty and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. It’s known for its steps and also the rectangular base and metabases.
Saqarra is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, which served as a necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. It covers an area of around 7 x 1.5 km. 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids there, which are all in various states of preservation or dilapidation, whichever way you want to think of it. I was able to see some of the other pyramids as well.
This is a couple weeks after I moved to the Middle East. Ihab and I were secretly married and he was still trying to get out of the military then and couldn’t leave Egypt, and I couldn’t stay in Egypt. Ihab’s paperwork kept getting “lost,” canceled or when those excuses ran out, his application was simply denied. His superiors didn’t want him to leave. He was a well-liked officer with the respected rank of Captain, and they thought he was making a huge mistake in trying to leave. Being an officer in the Egyptian military is prestigious and most officers retire from the military In spite of these problems, I lived closer to Ihab with a brand new teaching job, and our hope grew.
This photo was either taken in November of that year or February of the following year. I had a break during Eid al Fitr and flew back to Egypt to see Ihab.
Hany, Ihab’s military colleague who was also trying to get out of the military, Ihab and I served as hosts to Hany’s fiancee and soon-to-be Chinese in-laws. It was a chilly, windy day but it was still memorable. Ihab and Hany negotiated for a long time to get a fair price for camel rides.
The camel herders always up the price when they see tourists so it’s tough, even for locals, to keep the price to a budget that Egyptians can afford. But they did it! So, here we were ready to trek the pyramid site for the next hour.
Camels, pyramids, love … they were all wonders to me. I was thrilled to be exactly where I was.
What period in your life do you look back on as especially good, happy and full of hope for you?
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