egypt

Prince Restaurant- the experience was as good as the food!

A sea of tables flows onto the street. The smell of garlic is so strong you can taste it. Getting a table in the packed restaurant was no problem- people seemed to fall over themselves to make room for Bob and Lindsay. At one point, a woman came up and handed her baby to Bob. The baby then went to Lindsay then to me. I looked at Lindsay, she basically said ‘this is what they do here!’ So I held the baby until the mom took her back. Too funny.
Jesse and I loved the food and the atmosphere- what a great experience. The kids liked the pita (and maddux loved the hummus) but they were more excited to leave the place since Lindsay said she could score them some ice cream!
We were all spoiled when we went back to their place where Jesse got to watch soccer, I got some really good tea and the kids had their treat. Actually, Maddux and Lennon fell asleep. Lennon got up and ate his ice cream but was so tired he didn’t remember eating it the next morning!

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Egypt’s version of Justin Bieber?

Bob is quite a celebrity in Egypt. Both him and Lindsay handle it well. They can’t step outside of their home without people yelling “Captain!” and wanting photos. (Captain is what they call a coach.) He’s like Justin Bieber, except instead of young girls going nuts over him, it’s Eyptian men! What a lucky guy! ha

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To the Bradley’s- How do we begin to thank you?!?!

We knew you would be welcoming, but we had no idea we would be treated like family. The meals, the accomodations, the rides with Hanney and Walid, the laundry, the pool, the treats! We could go on and on. You definitely made it harder to get back on the road!
I am writing this while sitting at a bus station while flies are swarming around us. Emerson is bummed because she thought we were done with the third world stuff. For breakfast we had a Twinkie and a Ho-Ho and thought of you and your hot air balloon story. Jesse and I had some Turkish coffee that I swear was laced with crack, but we’re ready to go now!
Just got off the night bus- wasn’t so bad. Only had a few people yelling at us in Arabic- we think they were trying to be helpful but you never can tell. In the middle of the night, some military guys came on the bus, had everyone get off with all their bags- checked our passports and had bomb sniffing dogs go through the everything. All was good, so we continued onward.
Thank you again! We can’t wait to repay you some day.
Lindsay- you really made an impression on Lennon! While we were walking around Jerusalem today- he asked when we would be going back to your house. 🙂

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The camels here are insanely tall! Riding was fun, but a bit scary!

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“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” -cooper

The pyramids were everything we dreamed of and more! Zak hooked us up!!! We had access to inside a pyramid and got to climb up one! Thanks, Zak. You are incredible.

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Our view of The Nile from our hotel room

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We saw King Tut’s tomb and mummies!

We visited The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo, known more commonly as the Egyptian Museum. It houses the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world.
The museum owes its existence to the Egyptian Antiquities Service, established by the Egyptian government in 1835 to limit the looting of Egypt’s priceless artifacts.
When you’re looking around, you can’t believe how old this stuff is- we’re talking 3 to 4,000 years! The kids liked the mummies the best. They were freaky to look at when you first walked in the room, but then they become intriguing and you want to learn their story. Some are so well preserved- you can tell exactly what they looked like when they were alive. Lennon was excited because he said that one lady mummy was giving him a thumbs up! (I actually found a picture on the Internet of the mummy Lennon was talking about.)
Our guide, Mohammed, explained to us that the reason why a lot of the mummies seem to have large noses is because the technique to remove the brain back then consisted of taking a tool with a hook on the end of it and pulling the brain down and out through the nostrils. Ouch!
We were not allowed to bring a camera in (bummer) so I took a couple photos off of the Internet- best I could do. We could have spent a few hours just looking at King Tut’s tomb and artifacts. While we were staring at it all, we kept looking at each other like ‘I can’t believe we are in Egypt right now seeing all this!!!!’ We were excited beyond words! Life is good!

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In Egypt!!!!! with our good friends Bob and Lindsay!

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