One of my favourite things about what I do is running into friends across the globe. When Vitaly Golomb and Mike Reiner appeared out of the permanent semi-haze that is Cairo, I’d found my familiar faces, and as luck would have it, I was almost at the head of the coffee queue. In other words, I had a captive audience.
A round or two of, “what have you been up to,” and “Geeks on a Plane,” and “You should come with us to the Pyramids tomorrow,” and I was sold. I had been aware of Mr. McClure’s adventure through the Middle East which included visits to Bahrain, Abu Dhabi & Dubai, and Amman, with the conclusion in Cairo, but had no idea that part of the programme included a vist to Giza.
Needless to say, there’s no way I was going to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity, and therefor checked in with Abdelhameed from the RiseUp Summit to see if this would be possible. Without batting an eyelash Abdelhameed’s eyes widened and the words, “Oh man, what a great idea,” spilled forth. Bazinga!
I joined the Geeks on a Plane crew just outside The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities on Tahrir Square and traveled the the jaw dropping Mena House at the foot of the Pyramids. Originally built as a hunting lodge for the Egyptian King Isma’il Pasha in 1869, this building is not only steeped in history, but has some of the most impressive architecture I’ve ever seen.
A short bus ride away, and we found ourselves being approached by vendor after vendor trying to sell us this, that, and the other. Once you put them to the side, to experience the Pyramids of Giza is like no other. The sheer scale of these man made (…or were they????) structures is incredible. Adding to the enjoyment, a number of us ventured inside the pyramid to travel to a burial chamber.
Hunched over and walking in a crab position at some points, those with claustrophobia need not apply. Once in the chamber, we were greeted with a black granite room that contained a box that formerly housed a mummy. Now I’m not really into a lot of esoteric bla bla, but I did take a moment, place my hand on one of the walls and do my best to absorb some of the energy of this unique location.
And ever the photographer, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to catch this image of Tara Demren inside the burial chamber. One fluorescent wall strip, one iPhone for additional lighting, and one to catch the shot, and we have this #nofilter keeper.
I can’t thank Vitaly, Mike, Dave, and Bailey enough for the incredible opportunity to drop into this magical experience. I even got a ride a camel! Bucket list tick for sure.