November 12th, 2018
Off to Sakkara Pyramid and Serapeum of Saqqara. I’m thinking ‘how can it get better than this, we just had 11-11-11 in the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid. So bring on the last day of this mind-blowing trip.
Today, our final day. We had a new English speaking guide come with us today. Yasser is his name. He also has great passion and knowledge. Ihab and his great tour company sure bring in incredible tour guides!
We were driving past more unfinished dwellings and Yasser pointed out that when a family member gets married, that they could build upon the house and have their home on the next level. A lot of focus on family here.
A few other points of interest:
Egypt has the climate and fertile soil to grow a lot of different crops. They grow cotton, mangoes, avocados, wheat, barley, flax, figs, melons, pomegranates, legumes, vegetables, vines (their Egyptian wine is very good), and so much more!
The Nile plays a large role in the farming industry. It is the longest river in the world, stretching 4132 miles long.
The population of Cairo is 22 million people. You can see this in the streets and the ways in which they live here. Not so many houses, but more condo living.
There are 118 pyramids in Egypt. The largest being the pyramid in Giza, the second largest is Sakkara.
The most ancient calendar, though incomplete, was found in the Solar Temple here in Abusir, which is a set of pyramids that lie in the ‘extensive pyramid field’ that stretches from north of Giza past Saqqara. This calendar dates back to 2400 bc.
Yasser spoke of Imhotep (means the he who walks in peace) from Komombo Temple, who is said to be the first medicine doctor. The people loved him for the healing work he did. The workers that were helping to build the pyramids would often have dust on their lungs and developed diseases related to this. So he used opium, etc. very specific to each person. He would test each person specifically and adjust the medicines according to each individual.
Studies on mummies also showed that the ancient Egyptians had performed brain surgeries, open heart surgeries, cataract surgeries and even fillings on teeth.
Saqqara (Ptah Soker) was the name of the God honoured here. He was married to Sekhmet. I’m excited to be going here as I really like Sekhmet. Strong connection with her from my last visit to Egypt.
Yasser mentioned there were no horses and camels in Egypt before 1900 bc. Arabs introduced camels in 7th-century BC. and donkeys, even later. They’re sure used a lot here now. So if there were no beasts of burden, then how were the rocks delivered for the structures here. Hmmmmmmm 🤔
Hathor and Bes were also known as big healers. They were often together. King Tut was sick a lot. Bes was engraved on the headboard of King Tut.
This drive offered a lot of information, now we have arrived at Serapeum. It looks like nothing but open desert. Nothing but a few signs around and a couple of small structures, vendors, office, toilet. We went for a short walk and came upon an opening down into the ground. WOW!!!!!!!!!! I’m saying that with great excitement. There were corridors heading in many directions that had huge areas of the largest sarcophagi I’ve seen. Made of granite and the largest weighing in at 90 tons. 27 of these granite structures in total. They feel to me like they are incredibly powerful energy batteries. I have never felt anything so strong. It was so intense! We gathered around the largest one and meditated and toned for a bit. These energies are shooting out into portal openings through the ground. (my thoughts only). Huge activation site. Strongest, for me, by far. I felt like I was being recharged and downloaded that which self had forgotten. I want to come back here. Blew my mind! Yantara and I shared our familiar experiences. When we were taking pictures the orbs were so intense as well as shooting beams of light. When I shared my thoughts with Yasser he agreed that it was a charging centre to some degree. It is believed that it was a burial place of Apis bulls, sacred bulls that were incarnations of the ancient Egyptian deity Ptah. I need to spend more time here I feel.
We then headed to Saqqara pyramid. Some time was spent outside in this area. A lot of restoration work is being done here. Last time we were able to go inside but this has been closed since, due to its instability.
We then went to an outdoor restaurant for lunch. A woman was making flatbread in an outdoor stone oven. Everything was very delicious.
We arrived back at the hotel and some got off the bus whilst others went shopping to the place where they sell their incredible Egyptian cotton. I decided to forego this shopping and instead and start the task of packing, as I head to the airport tonight.
We all gathered at 8:00 pm for a farewell party outside in one of the courtyards. We had beautiful music and jaw-dropping entertainment by Tanoura dancing performed by men. We were amazed, never saw anything like it. They wore these skirts and twirled repeatedly. These skirts light up, come up overhead and spin by the arm from the waistline. Hard to explain but they are very heavy and several were worn at a time. I know they were heavy as I was lead up to the dance floor by one of the dancers and one was put on my shoulders. I started to spin and the dress gave a haphazard attempt to come along and spin with me. I gave it my best spins until I thought I should stop before I might get dizzy and fall. So I just created a few steps of my own. 🤪. So much laughter all night long. We indulged In some incredible food and great music and then some good regular dancing before I had to say my goodbyes and run off like Cinderella off to the carriage (ok it was a bus) with two others to the airport. Catching the flight at 2:00 am. What a spectacular send-off!!!!!!
Farewell to beautiful Egypt. ‘Til I come back again…. and I will, I will see you in my unforgettable memories.