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Egypt

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!



Nuweiba, Egypt

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 09 27th, 2010

What a relaxing time I have had in Nuweiba, Egypt, right by the Red Sea! I ended up spending over two weeks here when I should have only spent five days. I really liked it a lot!

I stayed at a campground called Petra Camp. I slept in a little hut for 20 Egyptian pounds a night. That equals only $4!

I spent a lot of time sleeping by the ocean. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was talking with other travelers at the camp and the friendly staff. I made a very special friend, too:

Her name is Samantha, and she is just three months old! Don’t worry, she didn’t hurt me, we were only playing!

Now that I have had a lot of time to relax, I can get back to sightseeing. I have been on the road for almost four months now, and it can really take a lot out of you.

On to Israel next. I am looking forward to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

Until next time, Trackers!



The Red Sea

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 09 10th, 2010

Alsalaam alaikoum, friends!

I am by the Red Sea, in a city called Dahab, Egypt. I really needed to take a break from all my travels, so I decided to come to relax by the beach for a bit. That doesn’t mean, though, that there aren’t still new and exciting things to discover!

The coolest thing I have done here is snorkeled by the reef that happens to be very close to my hotel. I saw so many amazing fish. Here are just a few that I saw:

Emperor Angelfish

Parrot Fish

Clown Fish – Yup, I saw some “Nemo” fish, and I was so excited! What is really cool about these fish are their symbiotic relationships with sea anemone. You see, the sea anemone are protected from predators by stinging cells.  It is thought that the clown fish have some sort of mucous coated on their bodies, so the stinging cells do not bother them, and they can hide from predators in the anemone. Clown fish are so dependent on this, in fact, that you will never see clown fish without a host anemone. So cool!

Lion Fish – These fish sure are beautiful, but you have to be very careful around them. Those spines you see on their backs are poisonous, and if they sting you, it HURTS. These fish won’t bother you if you don’t bother them, though, so enjoy them from a distance.

Great Barracuda – Boy, was I scared when I saw a barracuda! These fish are very ugly looking, with lower jaws that stick out farther than their upper jaws. The one I saw was about 6 feet long. As they are predators, they can harm snorkelers, but it is very rare.

That is pretty much all I have for now, Trackers. Oh, here is one last picture with a new friend I made:

Until next time!