Going to see the Giza Pyramids was one of the most unforgettable days of my life. I have always wanted to visit Egypt since I was a little girl and went through an “obsessed with ancient Egypt” phase. With Egypt being so tumultuous and the site of recent terrorist attacks, I was extremely hesitant. I was sad knowing that Egypt was only a three hour plane ride away but unsafe. More families that we know started going, and once we found out our friends were going we decided we should tag along. I figured life is short and anything can happen to you when you least expect it. You could die unexpectedly in a car crash, or you could die in a terrorist attack in Paris. Life really is too unpredictable to spend it being in constant fear. Egypt is a very poor country that relies heavily on tourism to support the economy. With tourism 80% down, there was heavy security at every tourist attraction. There were metal detectors before you were allowed into the pyramids, along with multiple checkpoints with armed guards on the road to get there. I never felt unsafe at the pyramids, although it was slightly unsettling that we were literally the only westerners in the pyramids. We went through a tour group, Your Egypt Tours which was absolutely amazing. They did a great job driving us and giving us tours. The other tourists seemed to have never seen white people before and were stopping us constantly asking for pictures. We were all very flattered and felt bad saying no. Between my gorgeous friend Kaylee, her adorable blonde kids and I, we probably got asked to take 100 pictures. My favorite part of the pyramids was getting to ride in a horse drawn carriage out to the desert where the best views of all of the pyramids. It was only 150 Egyptian pounds, or about 20 USD. It was a beautiful day and it was only about 60 degrees outside. February was the perfect time to visit the Pyramids. After seeing the Giza Pyramids, and the Sphinx, we headed out to the ancient ruins of Memphis and Sakkara.
We finished the day off getting some traditional Egyptian food which tasted pretty much the same as the Lebanese food we get here: grilled meats with rice, hummus and pita bread.