The Pyramids. Round 1
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Jiyoung and I agreed to share a private taxi with an Australian couple to take in the Pyramids of Giza,
After arguing with the driver that we did not, in fact, want to ride any horses or camels, he dropped us off at the gate. Behold, we'd arrived. Upon walking through we were up close and personal with the Sphinx itself, flanked by three marvelous pyramids. Actually, the smog and dust were a bit thick, so we couldn't see them very well.
We walked around the Sphinx first and stood around snapping pics left and right. Then we started walking up the causeway to the pyramid of Chephren, the second largest pyramid and the one in the middle, flanked on either side by the Great Pyramid of Cheops and the smaller pyramid of Mycerinus. There are six other smaller pyramids around these last two, which were the Queen's pyramids.
We made our way to the Bent Pyramid but apparently we weren't going to be taken all the way there as it was a military zone, or there were minefields, or something. Bummer. We stopped at the Red Pyramid, about a kilometer away, from which we were supposed to take a picture of the Bent Pyramid. Stopping at the Red Pyramid was nice, however, as we were able to go inside! This involved a (very long) 5 minute climb/scramble down a long shaft which was no more than 4 feet high. The further we descended, the staler the air got.
we weren't going to the Bent Pyramid, Jiyoung and I ran across the
desert a bit to get a closer picture. Yes, we were frolicking in the
desert. We tried some handstands on the desert floor and then ran back
to the waiting car which took us back to
pyramids: fantastic. We think we'll go back again to see them as they
really are quite spectacular (and we need to redo some photos as all
the ones by Jiyoung are crooked, haha).
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