Posts Tagged With: Temple of Karnak

Light and Sound Show

8/3/11

We got back to the boat and almost everyone went straight down to dinner. I went straight to my room and unlocked my suitcase. It was all there! I was so happy. I didn’t even know where to begin. I texted my mom and filled her in. I peeled off my clothes and put on my clean costume. I then headed down to dinner. The Trafalgar group told me I looked great and were shocked to find out about my suitcase. I sat at my usual table and Paul took some pictures. Sherif liked my outfit as well. He passed around the contact list. We all added our info to it. The shirts for Lexi and Sonja came. I gave them to them.

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I then went back to the room and ate. I sorted through my suitcase. I condensed items and created a hamper bag. I changed into jeans, my King Tut shirt, my sandals from Greece, and my black hat. I gave Meg, Janelle, and Sonja back the clothes I borrowed from them. Lexi told me to keep her skirt, which was soooo nice of her! The twins gave me some antiseptic cream to put on my burnt legs, feet, and spots on my arms. I didn’t have time to do much else because it was time to leave for the light and sound show. Sherif commented that he liked my shirt.

We boarded the bus, but we were running late. There was a lot of traffic because people were out and about since Ramadan had ended for the night. The surprising thing was even though it was late at night it was 100 degrees out. Meg was starting not to feel well. We finally got to Karnak and we had to run to catch the beginning of the show. It was extremely dark and very cheesy. We were all bored, but I filmed the whole thing. The show had us walk through the temple to the sacred lake. I bought some water and chocolate by the lake. Everyone in our group seemed out of it.

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Once the show was over I walked back to the bus with Josh, Nicole, and Alli. All of sudden Alli collapses. Nicole and I carry her stuff and help her back to the bus. We find out Meg really isn’t feeling well. On the drive to the boat she starts throwing up.

We got back to the boat and I gave Janelle pepto and saltines for Meg. My burns were really painful and I kept applying Paul’s burn cream. I start to attack my suitcase and I prepare my clothes for tomorrow. I try to sort through everything and see what I need, don’t need right away, and what I can throw out. All of sudden it seems like I have a lot of stuff and I’m trying to shove it all into my suitcase and carry on bag. It’s close to 1am when I’m finally done sorting.

I’m preparing for bed when I hear Meg through the walls. She’s really sick. I knock on their door and Janelle comes out. She is really scared. I give her more saltines and pepto. Janelle calls her mother and we decide we need to get Meg a doctor. I run down to the desk, but no one is there. I head down to the lower deck and hear Nicole’s voice. She’s talking about how knowledgeable I am. I go into the jewelery story and ask them if they have seen Sherif. They haven’t. I go back to the desk and now someone is there. He gives me Sherif’s room number. Janelle and I head to his room, which is a couple doors down from mine. He comes out and isn’t wearing a shirt. Suddenly, I realize I have been running through the ship just in my tank top and PJ pants. Sherif puts on a shirt and calls a doctor. Sherif says he’ll stay with the girls until the doctor comes. Janelle tells me to go to bed. It wasn’t until well after 2am when I finally climb into bed.  Tomorrow is going to be a doozy.

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Making Wishes at Karnak

8/3/11

Time to drive to Karnak and Luxor. On our drive we passed the Winter Palace, but I couldn’t get a picture of it. We also passed Luxor and the Avenue of the Sphinxes. We got off the bus and walked past a row of shops. On the walk to the temple we asked Sherif about his personal life.

Once we got to the entrance to the Temple of Karnak. Sherif showed us the canal that used to bring the materials to build the temple. He also showed us some pottery that they are currently excavating. We approached Karnak using the Avenue of the Ram Headed Sphinxes. Then we entered the Great Court. The walls were huge and here were pieces of statues and other things arranged on the sides.

Then we went to the right into the Temple of Ramesses III. It was filled with statues of him. All if them had their arms crossed like Osiris. After that we discussed the statue at the entrance of the Great Hypostyle Hall. It’s of Ramesses II and his daughter is at his feet. Sherif was telling us that two people are represented on it. The other person is the high priest Pinedjem. He put his name on the belt of the statue.

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The Great Hypostyle Hall is filled with enormous columns. Many of them bear the name Ramesses or Seti. The cartouches were huge!! We examined some of the scenes on the wall. Sherif pointed out a woman on the wall who was tall and thin. He thought she looked like me.

Next we saw Hatshepsut’s Obelisk. This is the one Tuthmosis surrounded with a wall. We saw another obelisk and then passed a statue of King Tut. We then saw the Temple of the Middle Kingdom and the Granite Chapel. After that we went to the Temple of Amun. Hatshepsut built this section. Her image and cartouche were chiseled out by Tuthmosis. It was cool to see because I had heard about it for many years and now I got to see it. He went through such effort to erase her.

Next was the Great Festival Temple. It was dark, but you could make out the colors on the pillars, especially the color blue. The tops of the tent shaped pillars used to be blue and white. Sherif pointed out some if the Christian images painted on the pillars. At that point my cell went off. It was my mom telling me my bag should have arrived. I told her did, but I didn’t have to open it. I promised I would text her later when I opened it.

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We walked to the area near the sacred lake where Khepri’s statue is there. You are supposed to walk around it 7 times and make a wish each time. I made the same wish 7 times. We then rested and drank water. The 116 degree heat and sun was getting to us. I was soaked and exhausted. We walked back to the entrance and passed a lot of random pieces of broken obelisks, walls, statues, etc.

We went to the bathroom where we had to pay to use it. Two guys stood right by the open door. It was strange. No privacy. We boarded the bus and downed our water. Then Nicole decided to use the bathroom, but she got freaked out by the Arab guys standing outside.

We were off to Luxor.

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