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Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 10 15th, 2010

Salam, friends!

Egypt has been one of the most exciting countries I have visited so far! I am so glad I took those weeks in the Sinai Penninsula (where Nuweiba and Dahab are) to relax, because I really needed it for this trip!

I started my trip in Cairo. I had to be really careful walking around, because there is A LOT of traffic! There were horns honking around me all the time, it was crazy!

I did get to go to the Egyptian museum, which houses over 120,000 artifacts from Ancient Egypt! My favorite part was the King Tut exhibit. You may not know, but King Tut is famous because an archaeologist named Howard Carter discovered his tomb in 1922. He found many treasures in the tomb, including gold necklaces, a golden throne, and coffins made out of solid gold. It may surprise you that King Tut’s tomb has been the only one ever discovered in its original form, as all the others had been robbed. Amazing, isn’t it?

I wasn’t able to take photographs inside the museum, but here are a couple photos I took outside:

After the museum I went to the famous pyramids! This is actually one of the sites that I was most looking forward to, and they certainly did not disappoint.

The biggest pyramid, better known as the Great Pyramid, was built for a pharoah named Cheops. The pyramid took over 22 years to build, with over 100,000 men working on it each year. The pyramid was finished in 2560 BC. Some of the blocks weighed up to 5 tons. Estimated, there are about 2,360,000 blocks. No wonder it is named a Wonder of the Ancient World (the only one remaining, in fact)!

Right next to the pyramids is the Sphinx.

It is actually a lot smaller than the pyramids. It was carved out of stone to protect the second biggest pyramid, which was built for the pharoah (keneru). The Sphinx is over 4500 years old, and the nose has worn away due to erosion.

I went on to see a bunch more tombs and temples. I was really excited to see the hieroglyphics, the alphabet the Ancient Egyptians used.

Then I went for a 4-day trek in the desert. I had so much fun hiking in the beautiful landscape. I even got to go for a camel ride!

My camel’s name was Mona, and she was really nice!

Up next I fly to Nairobi, Kenya. Until next time, Trackers!


Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 10 15th, 2010

Shalom, Trackers!

Wow, it feels good to be sightseeing again! There are so many exciting things in the world to discover, and I am finding them piece by piece!

My first stop in Israel was the Dead Sea. I know, it sounds like an icky name, but it is an amazing site!

First, I will explain why it is called the Dead Sea. Well, you know how ocean water has salt in it? Well, the Dead Sea has A LOT of salt! So much, in fact, that no life (plants or animals) can survive in the water, hence the name the Dead Sea!

Now, you may wonder why I would want to swim in water that has a whole bunch of salt. I can assure you, however, that it is an amazing experience. You see, there is so much salt that when you swim in the water it makes you very buoyant. You just float on the water without any effort at all! The best way to describe it is imagine swimming in JELLO that hasn’t quite formed into a solid yet. THAT is what it feels like!

Another thing you have to remember is that you can’t put your head under the water. Can anyone guess why?

You may think that this is ice on all these rocks. However, it is actually salt!

After the Dead Sea, I headed to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with so many different cultures! Jerusalem is a very important city to three different religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. All of these religions have very important historical sites associated with them.

This site is very important to the Jewish people.It is called the Western Wall.

These are pictures in the Holy Sepulchre. It is a very important site for many Christians around the world.

And here are a few pictures I took around town:

Now back to Egypt for even more fun adventures!