Name one thing you always wanted to do, but haven’t. What has prevented you from doing it?
I want to go to Egypt.Its such an incredible culture; all that marvellous architecture, that history, the old religion… particularly since so much of SORB’s mythos or beginnings is in Egypt I would love to go there and experience it. The sand, the blistering heat, the shimmer of the sun on The Nile… who wouldn’t want to, right?!
I want to walk across the sand in the shadow of the pyramids and imagine Saar there directing troops against Octavian (don’t worry; no spoilers here!). I want to look up at the Spinx and put myself into the shoes of a man who looked up at the mighty structure and knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life; protect his country from foreign invasion.
And Egypt’s history is so fascinating! The sheer genius behind building such incredible wonders as the pyramids, the agriculture, the religion… particularly religion. I know most ancient histories and their myths seem to have this crazed incestuous aspect (don’t believe me…? Zeus was Hera’s brother!), but the Egyptians win that one without trying. And the crazy things they did to each other, not to mention the vague hints towards necrophilia amongst the Gods as well (meep!).
But as to what is stopping me…? Well at first, there were always other places to go and the Egyptian obsession is relatively recent. Also, there was the niggling thought that I might just be attracted to the country because of films like The Mummy. I’ve since realised that that is not the case and that I truly am interested… which is nice. But by then, I was into University and my holidays were taken up by mapping projects and trips to the Isle of Skye or Isle of Arran. Beautiful, but not the same, you know?
Then University finished and Egypt was a bit expensive for my ‘yey, uni is over!’ holiday, so a friend and I went to Italy instead.
Then… I’ve just never been very good at saving money. I’m doing a damn sight better at it right now (pregnancy is apparently a MUCH bigger motivator), but now that money has elsewhere to go.
Oh, and of course, there was all the political/civil/war-time hoo-haa in Egypt that just did tonnes to make it a rather unattractive holiday destination. Though it seems to have blown over (or the news has enough other stuff to report that they just aren’t talking about it any more) I still wouldn’t feel totally safe going out there yet.
But… that’s not to say it will never happen. I’m 27… there’s still time and, to be honest, if I can share a trip like that with my children, if I can pass on the enthusiasm of something I love so very, very much, then I don’t mind waiting. Not one bit. :)
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