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What Egypt has to teach us ~ My Journey to Egypt and the Pyramids…

By Carla B.

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There’s a lot to be said about life. Tell your story. What you experienced. Why not? If it can really help someone out there, well….maybe it’s worth it.

Updated: 3/14/18

Each step on our journey is one step closer toward finding the truth about reality and why we are here….

The Great Pyramids @ Giza - Image credit: Getty

I will depart Friday, March 9, 2018 from Las Vegas, Nevada to Cairo, Egypt to Luxor, back to Cairo then back to the States! There will be no time to sleep. I can sleep when I’m dead, lol… and I won’t be doing much sleeping then either. :-) I’m going all in… everyday and every night I am there.

It’s one thing to read about the sites and to experience them during meditations, and it’s quite another to actually stand where millions have basked and guarded the mysteries of ancient Egypt for thousands of years.

The profound transformation I will experience will rock my soul….in love and light! This I know for sure. :)

I’m still amazed that I will actually be in Cairo, Egypt in less than 4 days.  Please be sure to stay connected to my blog as I share this magical adventure! In all my journeys, I’m pretty sure nothing will compare to the beauty and tranquility of looking down the Nile, a big jewel in its own right.

Sunset @ the Nile River - Cairo, Egypt: Image credit: Stock

Just in case you did not know, this historic city is surrounded by many wonders. On one side we have the Nile River, south of the delta. Southwest, we find the city of Giza and the Memphis’ ancient necropolis, with the plateau of Giza and their monumental pyramids, like the Great Pyramid of Cheops. To the south is the place where they built the ancient city of Memphis. Visual beauty, architectural and history exists in abundance there.

The Giza Plateau

The Cairo Museum is a must visit also but it’s not fame that makes it so interesting. I can’t quite put these feelings into words…. to know I’ll be seeing, experiencing and understanding these great secrets is exhilarating.  The famous treasure of Pharaoh Tutankhamen (I was recently given a book on all the ancient artifacts that were unearthed there).

Words cannot describe what Egypt means to me. Experience it. Go and feel the bliss! Come back and share your experience with the world. A great story goes a long way in the grand scheme of things.

Temple of Seti in Abydos, Egypt - Image credit: Getty

Throughout it all, I’m enjoying the transformation taking place in me and my life. Stay connected to my blog as I share this ever so moving experience that I’m delighted to partake. Thank you and blessings to you…on your own spiritual journey! #Namaste

The Osirion at the back of the Temple of Seti I. Image credit: Hannah Pethen / Flickr

Updated 3/6/18

Touring the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx with South Sinai Travel on  Sunday, March 11th.

Updated 3/7/18

Happy to finally have all the details sealed for my journey into Egypt. The 2nd leg of my trip I will be touring with Mahmoud Hussein of
http://egypt4u-travel.com/ - he will be my guide to Luxor!

Stay connected!

Updated 3/14/18

I’m a little late with my updates. Hmmm, well ….I’m actually very late considering I am now home, back in the States. The thing is I had major connectivity issues. The internet at the hotels were not great and very expensive, therefore, I documented most of my journey and will be updating as I am able.

The plane ride to Cairo:

During the plane ride to Egypt, I began to feel really sensitive, more than usual. I decided to watch the blockbuster science fiction film, Life. I attempted to grab hold of the experience but quickly let go. There was so much senseless killing, I could not continue to watch. All killing is senseless for the record. I then began watching yet another Sci Fi movie, War For The Planet of the Apes. I resonated with this film. There was a deep truth intimating from the story line…

To fathom the reason we fight, and not get caught up in the revenge scenario when tragedy happens. Something to marinate on, indeed.

Second leg of flight to Cairo:

I met a wonderful woman that I will call G — at the airport in Instanbul, Turkey. A  MD residing in Illinois. I actually overheard a conversation she was having as we were preparing to board our plane to Cairo. She mentioned something about essential oils and its homeopathic benefits. I wanted to turn around and see who was speaking because I too believe in the benefits of essential oils, but I was really tired after being on the plane from San Francisco for over 10 hours, I didn’t have the energy, but I remembered her voice.

Later as we boarded and were finding the way to our assigned seats, low and behold… the lady with the booming voice was sitting next to me. After a hour or so she struck up a conversation with me, we started discussing essential oils and the benefits of crystals. Come to find out, she was on a spiritual journey as well! G also shared with me a trip she took last year to Kenya where she volunteered her services to less fortunate families in need of healthcare. She said she felt a deep kinship for the people. It changed her life. I could definitely relate. I felt the same way when I visited Peru that same year. It was as if I was experiencing a homecoming. I felt me and G’s meeting wasn’t by chance. We were exactly where we needed to be.

Touch down in Cairo:

Picture taken as plane descended into Cairo, Egypt - Image credit: Carla B./EOTM Media Group

I arrived in Cairo on Saturday March 10th…. my cab ride from the airport to the Golden Tulip Hotel was very interesting. The drivers on the road kind of reminded me of New Yorkers. It was very comical. They drove as if there were no lanes. The next day I asked a local why do many of the drivers drive as if there are no lanes. He kindly replied with a smirk, “what lanes.” That was an experience in of itself. :)

Once checked in at The Golden Tulip Hotel which I found on trip Advisor, I was thrilled to discover the room was almost perfect. The view was amazing, I had what they call the  “superior room” on the 11th floor with an amazing view of the Nile River. I won’t get into what wasn’t so great — all I will say is after my complaints to the hotel staff things were squared away…. and I was happy. So thank you Golden Tulip!

At this point it was late in the evening about 11 PM and I was starved, and I was in Egypt after all. I wanted to walk around near the hotel and I dared it for a moment walking outside the hotel, looking around to my left and to my right. I heard the infamous horns blaring even then and it was funny to me. I walked around the corner but every store and or establishment was closed for the evening. There were a couple Egyptian cab drivers blaring horns asking if I needed a taxi, I politely said, No thank you and hurried back to the hotel. I asked the doorman if the hotel restaurant was still open, he hastily replied no, “but the bar is.” Delighted to be in the great city of Cairo also known as the ancient city of Memphis, I made my way there.

The bartender spoke very little English but earnestly tried to make me feel at home. I viewed the menu and ordered my dinner — a vegetable pizza (not much I could eat here). I also ordered an alcoholic beverage, some fruity drink…can’t pinpoint the name at the moment. It was good though, I ordered another. While waiting for my dinner I asked the server how much longer, he said “about 1 hour.” I said, that’s 60 minutes, right? He laughed hysterically. I was still waiting….1 hour into it all…. my dinner came soon after.

Below is the view from the patio of my hotel overlooking the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt.

Picture taken of Nile River from hotel patio of the Golden Tulip in Cairo - Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

Picture taken from hotel patio of the Golden Tulip in morning on the next day.

The next morning my guide from Sinai Travel called my room from the front desk – announcing his arrival. I quickly made my way to the reception area. Connected with my guide for the day and headed to the Giza plateau.

The Pyramids of Giza consist of the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu . (check out my photos below)

An intriguing side note about the Great Pyramid, there is currently no original entry way. However, around 820 AD, Abdullah Al Mamun mobilized a team to bore a tunnel into the pyramid to search for chambers and treasure. Due to the difficulty of the task of breaking up the hard rock, fires were built to heat the rock and then cold vinegar was poured over the heated rock. Battering rams were used to pound away the weakened rock and clear a tunnel. Eventually, a passageway was found which descended into the lowest chamber of the pyramid. Following this passageway back upward, a seemingly original entrance was located.

Carla B. @ entryway of Great Pyramid of Giza

The Sphinx @ the Giza plateau taken March 11, 2018 – Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

Pyramids @ the Giza plateau taken March 11, 2018 - Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

Carla B. overlooking the pyramids @ the Giza plateau taken March 11, 2018 - Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

The pyramids at Giza taken March 11, 2018 - Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

The Great Pyramid at Giza taken March 11, 2018 - Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

Below are images of the Cheops Boat @ Museum in the heart of Cairo.

Wikipedia: The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC, according to Egyptian historians. The ship now is preserved in the Giza Solar boat museum. The ship was presumably built for Khufu(King Cheops), the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Like other buried Ancient Egyptian ships, it was apparently part of the extensive grave goods intended for use in the afterlife, and contained no bodies, unlike northern European ship burials.

Giza Boat Museum – The Khufu ship
Giza Boat Museum – The Khufu ship

Now, allow me to share about my experience @ Abydos:

According to Wikipedia

Considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt, the sacred city of Abydos is the site of many ancient temples, including Umm el-Qa’ab, a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed.These tombs began to be seen as extremely significant burials and in later times it became desirable to be buried in the area.

Today, Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the modern world as the Abydos King List. It is a chronological list showing cartouches of most dynastic pharaohs of Egypt from Menes until Seti I’s father, Ramesses I.

Abydos Temple – Abydos (Arabic: أبيدوس‎; /əˈbaɪdɒs/ Sahidic Coptic: Ⲉⲃⲱⲧ Ebōt) is one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt. – Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

I was blessed to have found the company Egypt 4 U Travel on Trip Advisor. From the very beginning after I had everything booked and ready to go for Cairo, and later realizing the distance between Cairo and Luxor was a whopping 10 hours by train and 1 hour by plane (and panicking for a moment wondering how I would be able to cram everything into my itinerary the short time I would be in Egypt), Mahmound Hussein took reign and handled everything for me — from the airplane tickets from Cairo to Luxor and back to Cairo, my hotel and driver for the duration of my stay. With Mahmound as my guide I visited the Luxor Temple, Karnak and Abydos, as well as a few other ancient places flowing with good energy — and as I once again shine light on Abydos, I must highlight the narrative.  I had the privilege to spend quiet time there for meditation and contemplation.  Chambers were closed off for me, exclusively! All prearranged by Egypt 4 U Travel. Notably, my experience there has changed my life for the good!

To expound….

We started our day at 6 AM on March 13th. I was picked up at the hotel by Mahmound and his driver, and we started the 2 1/2 hour trek to Abydos. At the time I felt I was living within an old Harrison Ford movie of sorts, Raiders of the Lost Ark? Lol…. Being led into ancient Egyptian sites – places I, previously had only read about, to discover ancient secrets of our past. Enthralling indeed!

As we made our way closer into the small province I was advised to put on the headrest that was purchased for me. Prior to getting on the road, I was told it was safer to do so, and a sign of respect to the natives. I quickly obliged. About an hour into the drive were were flagged by Government officials enforcing a check point. There was an exchange that took place between the driver, Hussein and the officer in Arabic. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle. I asked what the heck was going on, my guide quietly spoke stating, we were suppose to take the country road into Abydos, not the main highway, which we were on. He further explained the driver must pad the officers pocket or face repercussions! He chose to pad the pocket.  I immediately asked why we did not take the other route, considering it may have been safer, he explained how the road would have taken close to 4 hours instead of the 2 hours we were working with, and considering we had little time, it seemed at the moment, a good idea.

We eventually made our way to a small town called Qena, where we were hailed once again by government officials. There was talk in Arabic back and forth, seemingly more strained and rushed. Despite all this, I was unafraid —  I had no fear. I felt deeply the final outcome and it wasn’t to be whisked away to a jail in a discernibly  foreign land. After about 10 minutes or so a vehicle pulls up in front of the vehicle I’m riding in, the driver then began to follow slowly behind. What was actually taking place, you wonder? We were being escorted by officials into the city of Abydos! Due to me being an American tourist that was wanting to visit the Temple of Abydos, and due to the emotional climate of this part of the world, well it was a necessary evil in the grand scheme of things, and I was okay with it. How astounding, I thought to myself…how exhilarating. I felt more than ever that I was on to something big, some great stand, a revelation so impacting it would assist in changing my current reality for the betterment of me, myself and I… as well as humanity as a whole. Lofty word, I know….but it’s what I feel, deep down.

Things were becoming more mysterious by the moment. I asked why would we need an police escort?, “for security,” replied Hussein. I then began to understand the magnitude of it all. The risk I was taking…. this deep abiding awareness I’ve had, to come to Egypt, and to be finally here, soon being able to see first hand, some of the most ancient sites on planet Earth! Was it worth it? Would it be worth my freedom or the death of this material body? I earnestly screamed yes, it was, it is! I would kindly walk to my grave with a smile on my face for just a mere semblance of truth, the why we are here, where we come from and what purpose?  To know, to innately cognize truth. It’s my birthright. Our birthright!

Abydos Temple - Abydos (Arabic: أبيدوس‎; /əˈbaɪdɒs/ Sahidic Coptic: Ⲉⲃⲱⲧ Ebōt) is one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt. - Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

Abydos Temple: one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt. Today, Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the modern world as the Abydos King List.

Abydos Temple

Abydos, Egypt - Ancient Temples

The Dendera Temple Complex

Abydos Temple

Abydos Temple

Abydos Temple

Abydos Temple

Abydos Temple

Abydos Temple

Abydos Temple in Egypt

The Dendera complex at Abydos covers an area of 40,000 square meters ( sq. ft.). Within this enclosure are various structures, including the Temple of the Birth of Isis. In ancient Egypt it also boasted a sanatorium, and a sacred lake. It was made famous by a carving that many believe depicts an electrical lightbulb. Nevertheless, the most impressive part of the temple complex is undoubtedly the Temple of Hathor.

The Magnificent Temple of Hathor, Goddess of Love

Temple of Hathor @ the Dendera Temple complex in Abydos, Egypt - Image credit: Carla B./EOTM Media Group

Hathor was a major goddess in the ancient Egyptian pantheon, who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. Her primary center was at Dendera, one of the best-preserved temple complexes in all of Egypt. The Temple of Hathor is the largest and most impressive buildings in this religious complex, and is visually stunning with its grand entrance, detailed carvings, hieroglyphs, and decorated ceilings.

Temple of Hathor @ the Dendera Temple complex in Abydos, Egypt - Image credit: Carla B./EOTM Media Group

Hathor was also regarded as a goddess of healing, and this is evident in the presence of a sanatorium in the temple complex. Here, pilgrims would come to be cured by the goddess. Sacred water (which was made holy by having it poured onto statues inscribed with sacred texts) was used for bathing, ointments were dispensed by the priests of Hathor, and sleeping quarters were provided for those hoping that the goddess would appear in their dreams, and so aid them.

Temple of Hathor @ the Dendera Temple complex in Abydos, Egypt - Image credit: Carla B./EOTM Media Group

Dendera is said to mark an old holy place, even by the standards of the ancient Egyptians. It has been pointed out that there is evidence for religious structures built at the site during the reign of the Old Kingdom Pharaoh Pepi I (towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC). There are also remnants of other temples that were built during the New Kingdom, specifically the 18th Dynasty. The current complex, including the Temple of Hathor, however, dates to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods ((if not further) with (at least) one building dating to the Late Period. This is the mammisi (birth house) of Nectanebo II, the last native ruler of ancient Egypt who ruled during the 4th century BC.

Abydos Temple

Temple of Hathor @ the Dendera Temple complex in Abydos, Egypt - Image credit: Carla B./EOTM Media Group

Abydos Temple

Now, let me tell you about Luxor!

Oh before I start..let me say, despite there being a hotel in Las Vegas in the shape of a pyramid named Luxor, there are no pyramids in Luxor, Egypt.

Directly after visiting Abydos we headed back towards Luxor.

Temple of Luxor in all its Grandeur 

Temple of Luxor in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Temple of Luxor in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Luxor Temple in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Museum @ Luxor Temple in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. . Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Luxor Temple in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. . Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Luxor Temple in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. . Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Luxor Temple in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. . Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.
Luxor Temple in all its grandeur with Egypt 4 U Travel. . Image credit: EOTM Media/Carla B.

 

This new me is a lot like the old me…but so much stronger, because…for the very first time I feel ready to tackle the mystery of this life. Cause it’s so much bigger that I have dreamed up. I feel ready to truly embrace all that there is of me. You are most welcomed to join me!

More updates to come!