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Photo of the Day – Definition of Ancient – Great Sphinx of Giza – Cairo, EgyptHow old is the oldest structure, created by the hands of man, that you have seen with your own two eyes? Through all of my travels I have discovered that there is “Old”, “Really old” and “Holy shit this place is freaking ancient! How in the hell did they build this back then”? The Great Sphinx of Giza falls into the latter category.
The Sphinx was constructed over 4,500 years ago.
If that is tough to comprehend, then try this – Columbus sailed the ocean blue 4,000 years after the Sphinx was built.
Or this – The Colosseum in Rome wasn’t built until 2,500 years later.
Or this – Machu Picchu wasn’t created by the Incas until 4,000 years later.
Or this – Angkor Wat came 3,500 years later.
Or this – The last marble block of the Taj Mahal was placed 4,000 years later.
Photo of the Day – Sugar Cane Sever – Cairo, EgyptWhile on the streets of Cairo, we stopped in for some Sugar Cane water that was an AbsoluteDelight. If you have never had Sugar Cane water, try it out! It is incredibly refreshing and quite a bit addictive as well.
The process for making Sugar Cane water couldn’t be simpler, but it is still fascinating. In the world of mass production I come from in the US, creating a drink directly from a plant seems so … “impossible”.
First, the sugar cane (in the very back) is put through a roller press. You can kind of see this in the bottom left. The sugar cane is put in several times to make sure all of the water is extracted. The water is put into a large vat (the one you see him holding). As the water is all natural and directly from the sugar cane, there are small particles of the plant that end up in the water. To get rid of these, the water is strained through the funnel you see him using and directly into a glass.
I remember Brad and I having one and then immediately asking for a second – delicious!