A Surreal Moment at the Great Pyramid of Giza | Egypt

"Forward! Remember that from these monuments yonder 40 centuries look down upon you", Napoleon Bonaparte declared to his troops as they gear up for the Battle of the Pyramids on July 1798. Indeed, the history of the great pyramids dates back to one of Earth's ancient civilizations. This fact made my experience of being there feel more surreal in real life. I recall staring at the pyramids with wide eyes while standing immobile, engrossed in a spectacular now kind of moment. There is no better way to cap our Holy Land trip than a chance to see the Great Pyramid of Giza up close.

Marky Ramone Go jumping in front of the pyramid of Giza
Jumping for joy is an understatement

Childhood Fascination Streak

I'll have to go back to my youth to find out when my fascination with the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt began. It was probably our geography class's display of images of landmarks throughout the world that captivated me and turned my wanderlust switch on. It was also during this time that I learned about the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India and Petra in Jordan.

A close up look of the pyramid of Giza
A work of wonder looking down upon us

The pyramids stood out from the rest because they were built by some of the oldest civilizations known to man. Even as a child, I was fascinated by how humans constructed the pyramids. *cue for Alien theories*

Koryn Iledan waves at tourists in Pyramid of Giza
The golden hue of the pyramids are well, Golden

There’s no better way to bookend the best travel writing assignment I’ve had so far, than a trip to Cairo to see the pyramids up close. We were still inside our bus when I caught sight of the three pyramids. The hairs on my arms stood up instantly, and a rush of excitement surged through my body. can't believe I'm finally getting closer to seeing these incredible landmarks of the planet.

Cheekie Albay looks at the Great Sphinx of Giza
The Great Sphinx of Giza

As soon as we got out of our bus and bought our tickets, I separated from our group and just made a mad dash to the pyramids. Appearing bigger as I come closer. My eyes was drawn to the large slobs of stones stacked on top of each other. Glistening in the sun's rays, I see sparkle from every direction. A dreamlike moment has just become real.

The Pyramids of Giza

Also known as the Giza Necropolis, the Giza Pyramid complex is where the Great Pyramid of Giza stands along with two other smaller pyramids: The Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. The Giza, aside from the biggest, is also the oldest being constructed between 2580-2560 BC. It remains as the only surviving Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Clarice Capili drives through a road leading to the Pyramid of Giza
Like a scene from that Brendan Fraser movie "The Mummy"

As if sensing my jubilation, our guide asked me to do a jump shot in front of the pyramids. Not wanting to take much of his time, I jumped four or five times and to his credit, he captured me in fine form mid-air.

Isa Rodriguez looks out from the bus to view the Pyramid of Giza
Even from inside the bus, the view is spectacular

That photo—which garnered 800 plus likes on my Facebook—is framed and displayed inside my room. It now serves as a lasting reminder of that great moment when I accomplished a lifelong dream of seeing the Giza Pyramids.

Marky Ramone Go posed in front of the pyramids of Giza
Travel blogger pose

We spent at least an hour just walking around the complex. While some from my group ventured out to find a shade to rest, I regaled at the sweltering shower of the sun by remaining closer to the pyramids.

Jomie Naynes recognizes the good karma that brought here to the Pyramids of Giza
Look mum, where travel writing took me. 

I figured, I’d spent almost a lifetime waiting for this chance, so I may as well milk every second of it by being near as possible to these monuments that “look down upon me”.

Valian Urag sits on a stone in the Pyramids of Giza
Napoleon was right "40 plus centuries look down upon us"

As I saw our guide from afar mentioning for us to board our bus, I ran back to the outer walls. I rub my hands on some of the stones as if trying to imprint some of the history of the Pyramid of Giza on myself. I also realized that it was the fitting thing to do, as if stamping my journey that began when I was touching the glossy pages of travel magazines to finally seeing and even feeling the pyramids with my bare hands.