Monday, February 8, 2010
Today for our Relief Society Enrichment we went on a camel/horse ride near the Giza Pyramids. We loaded about 13 ladies into a van and headed out. So glad Sharla could be with me for this adventure, and double glad that I could leave both kids home with Dave while we went for an outing.
Sharla and I chose to get one horse and one camel. I let Sharla test drive the camel first before I decided it would be okay to get on. All told, I think I preferred the camel. They are so tall, you have a great view towering over everything.
So we all trod through a little village while small boys guided our animals. It was interesting to see how they lived. The little boys jobs were to haul dirt or whatever on small donkeys. There were many men offering rides on horses, camels, and ATVs (yes, it was hard for me to picture these vehicles in this setting too).
We trudged through filthy streets and into the sand dunes. The wind was blowing really hard and it was pretty chilly. I never thought I'd need a coat while traveling by the pyramids, but I did!
It was picturesque, as you can imagine. We didn't actually go into the compound, and we didn't see the Sphinx since we were riding behind the pyramids, but it was cool nonetheless.
After our journey, we returned and ate an oven-roasted sweet potato. I chomped two bites before realizing I was eating the skin too. A big no-no here. They fertilize fields with human waste, so fruits and vegetables have to be vigorously washed. Oops. No ill affects so far.
All in all, a very cool experience. One of my 100 Things I'd Love to Do checked off. If only Emma Smith could see us now...