Sunday, March 28, 2010

Parents Visit in Egypt

4am: wake up call; parents have arrived and we are much too excited to wait till the next morning to give lots of hugs and kisses.  We stay up talking till about 6am, take a nap for a couple of hours and wake up for some yummy breakfast.  (Oh, by the way, we're staying at the Mariott, which is a beautiful hotel in Cairo; used to be a palace.)  We can't believe my parents are awake and ready to got after 2 days of traveling and taking a small nap, but we're off to the Egyptian Museum.  Got some history before our week endeavor around Egypt with the parents.  Sooo many artifacts at this museum, some of which include:

     – Royal Mummies
     – The 1st Chess game, the 1st flat head screw driver, the 1st baby rattle (the 1st of everything)
     – King Tut's burial Mask (so much gold, that the mask alone weighs 24 pounds in solid gold; his small   coffin weighs 242 pounds)

Very cool place to cruise around, with endless artifacts to fill your mind with curiosity and question after question.  After the museum, we hopped into a taxi and head over to Khan-Al-Khali (outdoor market shopping time!)

My mom loves shopping and can go for hours.  Quite impressive actually!  (Mainly she shops for others, but she got herself a thing or 2)  I got some very, very cool lamps for our garden (which doesn't exist yet)  The 4 of us got in the taxi, on our way back to the hotel and totally pooped from the day.

Side Note: Growing up, my parents and siblings were in Vegas A LOT.  There's just something about gambling, buffets and showgirls I guess.  (We loved going and still loving going!)  This side note  makes no sense right now but just keep reading.

In the taxi, mom and dad are falling asleep.  My mom says once her head hits the pillow, she's out.  My dad comments on how there's sand in his eyes and sleep will feel so good.  We get out of the taxi and closer to our room.  My mom sprained her ankle a few days before coming to Egypt, so she's gimping, tired and excited for bed.  Parents ask what we're gonna do that night and Bren says we might check jout the casino in the hotel.  Out of nowhere, my parents look at each other and I'm pretty sure I even saw the sparkle in their eyes as they said “Casino!”  Let me just remind you they had 2 days of travel time to get to Egypt, got in at 4am, took a 3 hour nap, had a full day in Egypt, oh and ya my mom's ankle is sprained.... off we all go to the casino.  Day 1 with the parents: Too great!
In front of a Mosque

Inside the Mosque

Around the area we were in "Old Cairo" there are guys like these that ride bikes with huge amounts of bread on their head, as they try and bike through the crowd of people shopping.  I really don't understand how it's done.  This picture doesn't even show the entire bread cart on his head. 

*** We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the Egyptian Museum and the one picture my dad secretly took, I haven't seen, so you wont see our pictures, but above is a picture of the internet of the mask, so you get an idea of what I'm talking about.  

Chill Out

A friend tells us of a hotel on the coast... We're off to Sharm El Sheik and live the resort life for a little; lay by the pool, layout at the beach.  We even treated ourselves to a full body wrap followed by a facial, and then completed our body relaxation with a 50 minute massage...  It felt so good!

After Sharm, we head to another coastal city called Dahab; very chilax place to be.  Did some laying out, eating and snorkling.  The Red Sea is a pretty great spot for snorkling.  One of the nights in Dahab we had dinner in the desert; A jeep picked Bren and I up and took us out into the desert, where there was men waiting for us around the fire.

 We met the men, they offered us some Bedouin tea and shesha (also known as hookah)  Bren and I played around in the open full moon lit desert, while our dinner was being prepared.  Dinner was served and there was a lot of goodness on our plates.  After dinner we took a night hike up the mountains and continued to enjoy Dahab.

In Sharm, smoking a little sheesha

Our hotel, and me working on the blog

Dinner in the desert.  Liked the Jeep

The dinner area in the desert.  Us being all romantic with our candle and stuff

Went on a little night hike and this is the overview of where we were

Woke up one morning in our tent and found these cool guys walking around

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Where All Things Began

SENSORY OVERLOAD; lot and lots of people on the street, big shops with lights and lights that go on and on, honking cars that seem to be talking to each other... we have arrived to Cairo, Egypt!  Now I remember learning about the pyramids in 6th grade history class, but I guess I had never wrapped my head about how much history Egypt has.  My parents told us they would be visiting us in Egypt for my birthday! So we decided to put off the major site seeing until they got here, which worked out perfect.  We got a feel for Cairo, walked around, checked out old Cairo (some very old and interesting sites!), had some sheesha (hookah) and ate some delicious food.

Barry's Restaurant - Gorgeous restaurant with the best view of the Pyramids

The Mena Hotel - Once a hunting lodge, now a famous hotel for having people like Churchill stay there

"I love lamp" ~ Anchorman ;)

Lots of cool antiques!

Coptic Cairo

Thursday, March 4, 2010

V-Day in Spain

Off to Spain!  We arrive to Malaga, Spain for a couple days and it's raining... Wierd weather so we stay in for dinner; turned our room into one big tent and dined with music and the ungame.  It was so fun!  (we even had a window in our tent looking at the outside lights and the rain.   The picture below is our tent~

 My mom says we have to go to Sevilla, Spain before crossing over to Morrocco to get into Africa... so off we go to Sevilla.  When we arrive there, we begin to look for a hostel and we run into a friend we met in Peru (he was on the hike with us to Machu Pichu!)  So cool! (small world)  Apparently he's living in Sevilla and going to school there and a few friends were going to a bar to watch a Rugby game, so we met up with themm later that night.
Valentines Day: Every year before V-Day my aunt Carrie has a girl's family party at her house and it was very wierd this year not spending that time with the girls.
The hostel we were in for Valentine's Day was really nice!   They gave us a key to our private entrance within a windy stone road, we had the top floor to ourselves and we even had a spacious balcony.  Pretty cool.  V-Day we wake up and checked out a HUGE cathedral. (So big, the Notre Dame fits inside and Christopher Columbus is buried there.)  Later headed over to the bar and met up with some friends.

After the bar, we bought some dinner, took it to our room and made our bed the table and put on som good music.  Great V-Day

The Big Cathedral

This Sherry wine is called "Tio Pepe"  My uncle's name is Tio Pepe, (Tio means uncle,) so I had to have some.  Cheers to Tio Pepe!