Thursday, October 27, 2022

Going to Egypt in Boston!

 Last month I got to go on a little day trip to Egypt right in my hometown city of Boston. How convenient! Of course I'd much prefer the real thing, and some day I WILL go to Egypt on my dream trip down the Nile River with multiple stops at the pyramids and other historic sites and museums along the way. But in the meantime, some friends and I went to National Geographic's King Tut exhibit downtown. It will have to do for now, and it did!

Hieroglyphs galore! In an alternate life I would be an archaeologist with a specialty in Egyptology. Maybe someday!

The subtitle of this exhibit was "The Immersive Experience," and that's mostly what it was--a lot of digital images and exhibits and things like that, which was cool and I was happy with it as a wannabe Egyptologist, but actual artifacts would have been amazing so it was a little underwhelming, but still neat and worth seeing. (Sorry for that long run-on sentence!) Before Covid, there were actual artifacts in the exhibit, including an actual mummy or sarcophagus (I think), but everything had to go back to Egypt during Covid and now it's an immersive experience. The real things will have to wait!

How cute is Meredith!

An owl!

A really big gold box. πŸ˜„

If only it were the real thing!

I think I resemble the Muppet with the shoulder-length blond hair here. πŸ˜†

I like family trees and how they're laid out.

I didn't realize (or had forgotten), for example, that Nefertiti was King Tut's mother-in-law.

Queen Tut! 

King Tut's American harem πŸ˜†

I liked this section of the exhibit; it was very peaceful.

The grand finale was a totally immersive experience of a digital show all around us that went through the history and beliefs of King Tut's time in an artistic, musical, poetic way. It got pretty psychedelic at times, and I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't feel nauseated at all. It's because Ancient Egypt is my jam, that's why. πŸ™Œ

I'm including this picture to show the words on the screen. I knew about Osiris and Isis, but Nephthys was new to me.

Egyptian sands

Depictions of the afterlife

Someday I will travel to King Tut's tomb and see it for myself!

I didn't think of this until later, but I wish that Meredith and I had done Walk Like an Egyptian-style poses on either side of this huge picture of King Tut! Sharalyn and Beth wouldn't have been into it but Meredith is my partner in crime for silly things like that. πŸ˜„

When we were done at the exhibit we had a delicious alfresco lunch at a French cafe next door, and then Sharalyn drove us around the city a bit because she used to work there and she knows it well. This is the Seaport District (obviously).

I still love a good gift shop despite my reduced financial circumstances πŸ˜…. I judiciously chose a beautiful tote bag, a little gold pyramid, and a bookmark for my bookmark collection.

It was a fun day of traveling back in time to Egypt in Boston with some of my best friends!