Ever since I was a little girl that went to a glittering gold and ancient exhibit about the discovery of King Tut and his tomb, Egypt has always always captured my fascination and interest. I would absolutely love to visit many ancient wonders of the world that are home to Egypt along with seeing the Nile river and visiting Cairo. One post will hardly do all the amazing things to do, see, and experience in Egypt any justice, but I will try my hardest.
When you hear the word Egypt,do you think of mummies, the Pyramids, and the Nile river? Maybe you don’t, but that is the first thing that pops into my head. So naturally when visiting Egypt, I would want to first the remnants of ancient Egypt. These iconic treasures naturally include visiting the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Imagine riding out through the desert on a camel and seeing the rising peaks of the pyramids on the horizon growing to tremendous sizes until you are dwarfed by the looming structures. Another unforgettable experience would to go inside a ancient Egyptian tomb and to visit many of the ancient temples such as Karnak, Abu Simbel, Hatshepsut, or Philae. Beyond exploring the remnants of this ancient civilization, there is so much life around the Nile river and the city of Cairo to experience.
The Nile is the longest river in the world and is a life line providing water to an area that is almost all desert beyond the banks of the Nile. As such a huge source of water for a dry area, the Nile attracts a diverse range of wildlife. It would be so cool to sail on a boat down the Nile river and watch the passing elephants and water buffalo on the banks and the birds flying overhead. The danger of the lurking hippopotamuses and crocodiles would haunt the back of my mind but it would not be a complete experience without seeing a hippo or crocodile along the banks of the river. The trip down the Nile would also be a great way to see more of Egypt. Since the Nile is a source of life and water, the plants and trees would also be an interesting contrast to the desert beyond the Nile’s influence. Another aspect of Egyptian life that I would want to explore is the people and the culture of Cairo.
Cairo is the capital and the largest city in Egypt. This thriving city is a metropolis for the modern day culture and the food scene. I would love to walk the city and see the mix of old and new buildings that look down at the diverse culture of people and language in the street. I would also love to take the opportunity of being in Cairo to try authentic Egyptian food. Two popular dishes on my list to try are kushari and ful medames. Another thing to try would be locally grown dates. Hopefully one day soon I will have the date set to eat dates on a warm Arabian night in Egypt.