Sunday, March 28, 2010
Paddi came to visit us again this winter from Canada and while she was here she decided to take the grooms at Maryanne's farm to the Pyramids at Giza. They had grown up only a few miles from the pyramids but had never actually visited them! Amazing! But Maryanne said that lots of people grow up near famous places and never visit them. Anyway, we all took a trip to the pyramids, Da Moose, Minnie Moose, and Al Camel, a friend that Paddi decided should come home with her to Canada. Oh yeah, and three grooms, Maryanne, Paddi and India, a vet who was visiting from England. Maryanne took me to the pyramids before but this was my first time to take friends.
No matter what anyone says, the pyramids at Giza are BIG! Almost too big for us to see them all. I also wanted my friends to see the Solar Boat. Maryanne said that is a boat for the pharoah to sail with the Sun. Most boats sail in the water. I wanted to see this. We all stood in line for our tickets. Because we were so small, they didn't cost anything. Then we went inside to see the boat. It looked a lot like a sort of Viking boat with a high front and back, but really big and it was sort of floating in the air. The stairs in the museum went all around it. Al, Minnie and I all thought it was pretty cool and probably a good thing that it wasn't meant to go in the water because it looked like there were some holes in it. Maryanne said that after such a long time, the wood would shrink and it wasn't made with holes in it.
After we saw the boat, we went out to a place in the desert where people can take pictures of all the pyramids at Giza together. Mostly people go out there to be silly in pictures of the pyramids. India and Paddi had to stand on the wall with Minnie and Al while Maryanne and I took their picture in front of the pyramids. Lots of people were pretending to touch the tops of pyramids or hold them in their fingers. It looks very odd when they are doing it but I guess it works in the picture.
Al and I decided to ask the Tourist Police if people got arrested for picking up pyramids in pictures, but Maryanne said that we were being very silly ourselves. After taking some of their own silly pictures, Paddi, India and the boys went for a ride on a camel. Al, Minnie and I wanted to go too, but Maryanne said that we were too small and she would take us down to where we would meet the others near the bottom of the hill.
There was a restaurant down there, a Pizza Hut, where Paddi had promised the boys to buy them lunch. The pizza looked okay to me, and Maryanne, Paddi and India liked it just fine, but the boys had never eaten in Pizza Hut and they thought it was sort of strange. After lunch, India and Paddi wanted to look at some really old pictures of the pyramids in the bookstore next door, but we were getting tired and this old lion goddess offered to let us sit in her lap. That was very nice of her. Maryanne said that it was very, very nice of her because she had been the goddess of war in the old days.
The pyramids are a pretty cool place to visit but the next time I go I want to ride a camel too. And it's amazing how silly people act when they are hanging around a huge pile of rocks.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Maryanne has some funny friends who live in her car. George, the green and orange gecko, has been living on her dashboard for a couple of years and just recently another gecko, George the Small and a snake, Snakey, have joined him. They go everywhere with Maryanne and Mohamed and sometimes Mohamed takes pictures of them while he's waiting for Maryanne in the car.
The other day he was taking a nap in the car while Maryanne was in the bookshop and he woke up when he heard tiny voices. George Small was on the steering wheel and he had a coin in his sticky fingers. Mohamed said it was one of new one Egyptian pound coins. They're pretty with the brass in the middle and silver around the edge. He was saying to George Big "Look, George. I have a pound and I will give it to you if you tell me a story".
Mohamed was very surprised. He didn't know that geckos knew stories...in fact, he didn't know that our geckos could talk. George Big was on the steering wheel too and he also had a coin in his sticky feet. Mohamed wondered what story George Big might tell to George Small. But again, he was surprised. George Big said, "George Small, I have a headache from sitting in the sun all day and I can't think of any stories."
"Oh, George Big, I'm so sorry. But I really wanted to hear a story and I've watched Mohamed and Maryanne give people these metal things for stuff so I thought maybe you'd like one. But you have one already, don't you?" George Big nodded and said that they weren't as good as stories anyway.
The geckos looked out the window and saw Maryanne coming to the car from the bookstore. She had a bag of books with her and the geckos were happy. Someone would be telling them a story soon.