March - Egypt #3
After the Eggs’ pyramid adventures, they rested for a while and focused on their school lessons.
Nile River Cruise
The following week, Sami and his father planned a day cruise down the Nile River.
“The Nile River is the longest river in the world,” proudly exclaimed Sami.
“This ship is incredible,” remarked Seggourney. “Look at that dining room. Are we eating dinner there tonight?”
“Yes, we are,” replied Sami’s father. “You are in for a spectacular day and evening!”
The day-cruise vessel slowly made its way down the Nile River. Sami’s father was right – the scenery was breathtaking with the majestic palm trees and the swaying water reeds.
Unique birds flew overhead and sometimes they would see a fish jump up! Megg and Seggourney made sure to capture these moments with their cameras.
Food and Dance Like No Other
The day passed quickly and it was time for dinner in the ship's dining room. Again, the Eggs were treated to some magnificent food, including fish, chicken, beans, olives, trays of dates and nuts, and delicious sweet desserts.
After dinner, a band began to play. Sami’s father gathered everyone onto the dance floor and they formed a circle with each other. The locked arms together. Sami’s dad taught them an Arabic dance representing closeness and unity. All were laughing as they danced and moved in their circle to the beat of the band. They truly enjoyed each other’s company.
By the end of the night, everyone was exhausted. The ship docked and they all headed back to the hotel for some rest.
As the Eggs’ adventure in Egypt was coming to an end, Sami wanted to show them one last thing – his favorite museum. He showed them the exhibit of King Tut, the boy king.
“Wow, a boy was a king? Maybe I can be a king!” thought Benedict. The others giggled.
“This is remarkable,” observed Ms. Poach. “The items in this museum are centuries old!”
Toward the end of the museum tour, Sami led the Eggs into a small room with a long table and writing utensils.
“Have a seat,” he motioned. “I am going to teach you about hieroglyphics. It’s an ancient form of Egyptian writing.”
He went on to explain that drawing of objects actually explained a story. The Eggs had such fun the rest of the afternoon drawing pictures and guessing what each other’s stories were trying to convey. Benedict drew a picture of himself, The Great Pyramid, and Zahra, so he could always remember how he helped her.
Time to Say Goodbye
Sami and his father took the Eggs to the airport where they said their goodbyes. They exchanged information with Sami so they could keep in touch.
“Thank you so much for your hospitality,” Ms. Poach said to Sami and his father.
“You’re very welcome. I hope you come back to visit us one day,” Sami’s father replied.
Find out how long the Nile River is – compare it to other large rivers in the world. How did it help the ancient Egyptians?
Have a dance night with your family – get into a circle to show you are a united family. Put on some Arabic music. Lock arms and slowly turn your circle as you move to the beat!
How old was King Tut, the boy king? Why was he so famous?
Write a coded letter to your friends (like the ancient Egyptians did) using your own “hieroglyphics” (use pictures or symbols in place of words and phrases). See how long it takes your friends to figure out what you are trying to say to them!
I hope you enjoyed your Egyptian adventure – in April the Eggs will move on to their next destination!
S. Ciara Mitaro