Friday, January 11, 2008

Maybe some stories later, but for now I'm feeling a bit lazy. Below are some choice pics from the visit of Bryan and Adriana, Minnesota friends. So nice to see them!! So, so nice!! All friends: consider coming. I think we had a great time: Islamic Cairo, Al Azhar Park, the tentmakers, Museum of Antiquities, AUC, Sakkara, Dashur, Wissa Wassef Art Centre, Giza pyramids, and a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor, during which we saw Lake Nasser, the Philae Temple, Kom Ombo, Temple of Horus, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, the Collossi of Memnon, and ate a bunch of food. We made them try koshary, which Adriana liked and Bryan didn't, but only because it involved some lentils and chickpeas. We finished the last day bargaining at Khan-il-Khalili.

J, Adriana, and Bryan at Bab Zuweila in Islamic Cairo

Bryan and me at the Great Pyramid

Bryan and Adriana's America's Next Top Model Audition - Pyramids of Giza

View from Philae Temple near Aswan



Twins' mom said...

Would love to visit - just need Amanda and Brooke to make it through the plane trip:)
Miss you!

Sari said...

Love the pictures!

I talked w/ Bryan on the phone yesterday. Aside from what was so tramatic he couldn't even talk about it--the cruelty of eating chickpeas--he was gushing about Egypt and the trip. Sounds like you two were gracious, knowledgeable, delightful hosts.

I am now daydreaming about my trip to Egypt.

American_in_Cairo said...

You're welcome anytime, Sari.

Bryan said...

Man, we really had a U2 "The Joshua Tree" album cover kind of thing going on in that third photo, didn't we? That’s usually how it is with Adriana and me: accidentally hip, two decades late.

For all you dawdlers who are thinking about trying the A & J Egypt Experience, I highly recommend you take advantage of it while you can. They cook for you! They provide bath products! They run you like ponies on the training track and you enjoy every minute of it!

Two pieces of advice if you choose to go: stay away from cranky old men and their giant cabbages, and try the Muslim Brotherhood’s chocolate cake.

Egypt is stunning on many different levels, and this was one of the best trips we've ever had. Mummified crocodiles, stoned felucca crewmen, and the blue, blue waters of the Nile--it's all awesome, but not half as awesome as hanging out with A & J. Thanks guys.

moonlight ambulette said...

omg. so jealous. of the bryan-n-adriana, the touring, the all of it. sounds amazing.

but bryan, i never stay away from cranky men with giant cabbages. never. how do you think i met my husband?!

kate said...

I'm so, so jealous. Not fair.