Day 16 of  The A to Z  Blogging Challenge

P is for the Pyramids

Greetings from the Pyramids!
Greetings from 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.

Saqarra, Egypt's oldest pyramid
At Saqqara. in front of the oldest stone structure in history!

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.

It was such a lovely day. That time of year is wonderful in Egypt!
With the Giza pyramids in the background.  That time of year is wonderful in Egypt!

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.

Fast forward five years and here I am with Ihab, my ex-husband, at the pyramids!
Here I am with Ihab at the pyramids!

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.


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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.

Camels all lined up to go
Camels all lined up to go! I love this shot!

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.

My favorite close-up shot of Ihab and I on a camel at the pyramids.
My favorite close-up shot of Ihab and I on a camel at the pyramids.

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? 

You have just read, “P is for Pyramids,” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright April 24, 2015. You can see who else is participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge HERE

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4 thoughts on “P is for the Pyramids

  • April 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    Wow,That had of been the Most spectacular place on earth!

  • April 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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    Amazing experience Amy.
    Mine would probably be when I had finally made it and was in Ireland, my dream come true.
    I had ended a bad relationship and I was on my own, really, for the first time in my life. The future was bright and wide open.

  • April 25, 2015 at 1:13 am
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    Hi Sonja,
    Thanks, yes, it was pretty cool. 🙂 And I’m not even an Egyptologist! I’ve spoken to a few and they lose me with their details. I just like the photos and the hieroglyphics, and the camels, too! 😉
    Thanks for reading and taking time to comment.
    Amy

  • April 25, 2015 at 1:28 am
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    Hi Kerry,
    Glad to hear that story. It’s so difficult to be in a bad relationship. And it’s so rewarding to see and experience a place you’ve longed to be in. Bright and wide-open. I like that.
    Thanks for reading and for your comment, Kerry.
    Amy

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