As we left the pyramid and went around the backside we ran into what we would soon come to realize is the ubiquitous line of Camel drivers, “guides”, souvenir sellers, beggars and various other people who want to take your money who hang out at every Egyptian tourist site. You learn that you just have to make your way through them saying “No Thanks”every ten seconds and refusing to make eye contact or engage in conversation. Unfortunately at out first encounter, innocent that I was I ended up asking a camel driver if I could take his picture. Somehow I was the one who ended up on the back of the camel which was a terrifying experience. Camels are dirty, freaking tall, and they make noises like they are possessed. Don’t ask how much money Jim had to pay to get me down. But anyway it made for a great picture and hilarious video which will eventually be linked here.
We spent a coupe more hours exploring the Mastaba tombs of Mehu, Meruka, Idut, Kagini, and Ti. Of course we weren’t allowed to take pictures of any of them, but we began to learn about egyptian art and funerary practices from the remaining wall carvings. As we were wandering between the tombs a sandstorm started blowing up and so we were running from tomb to tomb to avoid the weather. I was very glad I had worn a headscarf like the Egyptian women because it protected me from the sand very well. Finally they put us back on the bus and drove us over to the nearby Pyramid of Teti which looks like a big pile of rubble on the outside but which we were able to go down into and saw our first sarcophagus. Then we had to hike our way back to the bus through the sandstorm. As we were coming over the hill I managed to catch this picture of my cute husband in a very Indiana Jones moment.