What comes to mind when you hear the word Egypt? For many, it’s the Great Pyramids of Giza. These famous landmarks have been known to draw people to Egypt from all over the world, and last August, I had the chance to see the pyramids with my own eyes, even in the wake of the new election and uncertainty of the political state of the country. For me, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so glad that Jeff and I decided to take it.
After visiting the pyramids of Dashur and Saqqara, we eventually made our way to Giza to finally see the most famous pyramids in the country. At first sight, even with an obstructed view of apartment buildings, I could feel the excitement bubble up inside of me.
I was blown away by how close they actually were to the city, even though I had been told this before I saw it for myself. Then, I was equally shocked by their size. Even though we had visited pyramids earlier that morning, these were by far, the most impressive.
As we entered the gates, surrounded by Egyptian families celebrating the end of Ramadan, I still could not believe where I was. Even as we walked through crowds, camels, and horses, the moment was pretty surreal.
We decided to start up at the view point on the top where all three pyramids, set in front of the city of Giza, stood in a row. There we took some photos and took in the place where we were standing; a place where many people died in order to create these massive structures.
After taking a few photos of the three pyramids, we figured this would be the best place for our camel ride. Since Jeff and I both have short attention spans, we decided to take the short ride down to the pyramids; fifteen minutes would be enough time in the Egyptian heat.
We rode downhill to get a closer look at the pyramids, and I checked off another item on my bucket list. The area we rode through was quiet, and it was easy to soak up the rich history that surrounded us.
When our ride was over, we headed to the pyramids themselves, and though there are signs that informed us that climbing was not permitted, it’s hard to obey them when everyone around you is doing the same.
Standing next to the massive blocks, I was able to fully grasp the magic behind these colossal structures, and it made it even more difficult to believe just how these pyramids were constructed. At 5’3″, I am used to feeling small in the world, but next to the pyramids, I felt miniscule.
These blocks of stone had been built a long time before I was born, and they will still be standing here long after my time on earth 1s done.
We decided to walk around a bit more, taking in the sights in front of us. The opportunity to venture inside the pyramids was there, but with the hot weather and the experience already under our belts, we declined, and I have no regrets about that. Just being able to marvel at the pyramids from the outside was enough for me.
It was quite the experience to see these famous landmarks with my own eyes, and something that I will never forget. While it was hot and crowded, the feeling of being surrounded by such great history is one that will stay with me for my entire life.