Marco and I were sitting in a little air conditioned minibus, Egypt’s preferred method of transportation. Our guide from Egypt Fun Tours, Hani, had just picked us up from the airport and we were on our way from the airport to the pyramids, stop # 1 on our Cairo Layover Tour. We were exhausted! We had just flown from the US to Germany, spent a day hiking in Germany’s mountains, and gotten up extremely early to catch a flight from Munich to Cairo. On top of that, it was h-o-t! We stepped off the plane in Cairo, were hit by the dry Egyptian heat that is so typical for August. It was Ramadan and Hani told us that the pyramids area had closed early, so that the Egyptian workers could get home on time for Iftar, the evening meal that breaks the daily fast. But, not to worry, we would still get to see the pyramids: at the Kentucky Fried Chicken with the best view in Cairo, smack in front of the pyramids and the Sphinx – see pic below for the view that Hani had in store for us.
After getting comfortable in the minibus and handing each of us a water, Hani started telling us about the history of Egypt, Cairo, and the pyramids. His English was really good and we had no trouble following – until he started telling us about the research that was going on right now in the Great Pyramid. “Ribbits” were being sent in there to scope out the small channels humans didn’t fit through. Marco and I looked at each other. Ribbits? We asked Hani a few times to clarify what ribbits were. We honestly didn’t get it… until one of us exclaimed “Hani, are you talking about rabbits?” and he answered “yes, yes, the ribbits”. No way!! Trained rabbits? Those white fluffy, dumb little creatures? Were they putting little cameras on their fluffy heads and sending them in? Maybe even equipped with little GPS sensors? Luring the little bunnies in with food somehow from the other end? Could it really be that the Egyptians had trained rabbits and sent them into the Great Pyramid for research? About five minutes later, Hani said “…and they programmed the ribbits to do….”. Programmed? Marco and I looked at each other and just about fell off of our seats with laughter. Robots! Hani was talking about ROBOTS! Robots were being programmed to explore the Great Pyramid!! You know what the sad thing is? For about five minutes I actually thought that the Egyptians were using rabbits to research the inner working of the pyramids…
What brought on this funny memory today? I just read a short post on Gadling that a robot discovered secret writing in the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This transported me right back into the minibus and I actually laughed out loud at the memory of the funny misunderstanding on our way to the pyramids. My first thought when reading the headline was: They did it! Those little critters really did it! 🙂 Good job, bunnies!
PS: Hani was a great guide with really good English skills and we had so much fun on our tour with him! I blame our wild imagination & childish laughter on general exhaustion due to jet lag, soreness, and sudden exposure to the Egyptian heat 🙂 Want to read more about our Cairo tour? Check out my post from last year, 7 Steps to a Great Layover Tour in Cairo.
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