Hannah and Je together

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cocoa Beach 2

In the dark, one and half hour before the sunrise, we left the motel and drove to Cocoa Beach Pier where I saw the sunrise last year.

해뜨기 한시간 반 전에 아주 어두울 때 모텔을 나와서 작년에 일출을 봤던 코코 해변 피어로 갔다.

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I found one thing from my mother (and from my aunt) which I did not know before.  They were sitting on the lawn chairs, watching and waiting for the sunrise.  And at the very moment of the sunrise, they both stood up for the respect of the sun.  And I remembered the sunset at Naples.  They were sitting on the lawn chairs, still watching and waiting for the sunset, and they both stood up for the respect of the sun at the very moment of the sunset.  When I thought it is interesting, I recalled that my grandmother always called the sun, wind, moon, wind and other natural objects with Korean suffix -NIM which means Sir or Ma’am.  And she used respectful language for them.  I understand why, that they did not understand science and dependant on the nature.  But this generation lost the respect for the nature, and I think we need it.

어머니에게서 (그리고 이모님에게서) 전에 알지 못했던 흥미로운 점을 하나 발견했다.  의자에 앉아서 해 뜨기를 지켜보며 기다리시다가 딱 해가 뜨는 순간이 되자 존중의 의미로 의자에서 벌떡 일어나셨다.  생각해 보니 네이플스에서 일몰을 볼 때도 마찬가지였다.  두 분이 앉아서 해 지기를 지켜보고 기다리다가 딱 해가 지는 순간이 되자 경외의 의미로 자동으로 기립하셨다.  흥미롭다고 생각하는 순간에 외할머니가 해, 달, 바람, 비 등 자연들을 늘 ‘님’을 붙여서 햇님, 달님, 바람님, 비님이라고 부르셨고, 꼭 존대말을 사용했던 게 떠올랐다.  물론 옛 사람들이 왜 그런지는 이해한다.  그들은 과학을 몰라서 자연 현상을 이해하지 못했고 자연에 의존적이었기 때문이다.  우리 세대는 자연에 대한 그런 존중을 잃어버렸다.  그러한 자연에 대한 존중이 우리에게 필요하지 않나 생각한다.

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Then we went to the Manatee Sanctuary Park where they say we MIGHT see the manatees.  And because of “might,” it did not happen.  Last year, I bought a tour package for manatee experience (and dolphin) and we actually saw them from afar, so I did not want to pay all the money this time because I thought it was not worth, and there was no manatee this year.  But the park has a pond and a bridge over it where there are a lot of turtles and many small fish.  We fed them and it was fun.

듀공 보호 공원이라는 곳에를 갔는데 듀공을 볼 수 있을 찌도 모른다는 곳이다.  “찌도 모르기” 때문에 결국 보지 못했다.  작년에는 듀공과 돌고래 체험 관광을 했는데, 아주 멀리서 조금 봤을 뿐이었다.  그게 돈이 아깝다고 생각되어서 올해는 그 돈을 안내기 위해 여기 왔는데, 결국 보지 못했다.  하지만, 조그만 연못과 그 위를 지나는 다리가 있었는데, 연못에는 거북이와 물고기들이 많이 있었다.  그래서 먹이를 주며 놀았는데 재미있었다.

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Then we went to Golf-N-Gator where you can play mini golf.  It was my mother’s first time (and my sister’s and my aunt’s as well) playing (mini) golf.  I was so happy that they liked it.  Now, they can say “When I was playing golf in America…”

그 뒤에는 Golf-N-Gator라고 미니 골프를 할 수 있는 곳에 갔다.  어머니의 (그리고 누나의 그리고 이모님의) 첫번째 하는 (미니) 골프라고 한다.  이제 한국 돌아가시면 “엄, 내가 암훼뤼콰에써 골프를 할 뛔…”라고 말을 하실 수 있겠네.

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And we bought a cup of gator food to feed them.  A cup was $3 and I was surprised that it was just pieces of wieners, very small which I thought that would actually worth about a quarter.  But it was just for the experience of my family.

그 뒤에는 악어 밥을 사서 멕였는데, 한 컵에 3불이었다.  음식을 받고 엄청 놀랬다.  그냥 소세지 몇 조각이었는데, 한 300원 어치나 할래나.  그래도 식구들 경험을 위한 것이니…

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We came back to Days Inn in the evening time, but the sun was so long and the day was too hot.  We all went to the pool.

저녁 시간에 모텔로 돌아왔는데, 해가 긴데다 날이 너무 더웠다.  그래서 모텔에 있는 수영장에 갔다.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Twenty Eighth Day – Luxor

I began my day getting up at 2:30.  It was my first time flying Egypt Air.

Egypt Air Boarding by Ladder

Egypt Air Boarding by Ladder

In the Cairo International Airport, there is no sky passage to the plane which is very common in most Airports.

Muslim Prayer in the plane

Muslim Prayer in the plane

Before the take-off while the engine was running hard, suddenly they pulled down the TV with the mosque image and played the Islam prayer.  I don’t know they do this always before flight or it is because of the regular prayer time.

Sunrise in the Airplane

Sunrise in the Airplane

I saw the sunrise in the plane to Luxor.  Luxor was great.

Sitting Pharaoh is overwhelming

Sitting Pharaoh is overwhelming

This huge sitting statue of a Pharaoh thrilled me.  When the ancient people saw this statue, I am pretty sure that they were all overwhelmed and felt like the Pharaoh is God and looking down.

German Excavation

German Excavation

The two pharaoh sitting statues were side by side, and a little back, there was another smaller statue.  And I was told that the Germans digging now.

Colour is still alive

Colour is still alive

I went to the temple of Hatshpsute temple or Al-Deir Al-Bahari temple.  Queen Hatshpsute is the only female ruler in ancient Egypt.  She is the daughter of a Pharaoh, brother and wife of a Pharaoh, and step-mother of a Pharaoh.  The temple was huge and with lots of inscriptions.  And many of them have colour.  The colour is still so much alive, and I would even believe if someone tells me they painted it last year.

In the tourism site, there are always local people selling stuff.  A guy tried to sell some photos to me which I did not buy.  Initially he called 20 L.E.  Guess how much the price went down.  It got down to 1 L.E.  Wow.

Stone Work Factory

Stone Work Factory

Then I went to stone work factory, near the Queen’s temple.  It was interesting how they make and work the stone in the traditional way with traditional tools.  They showed and compared the differences between hand-made and machine-made.

The Nile

The Nile

This is the famous Nile river in Luxor.  The mother of the ancient civilisation, still Nile is feeding Egyptians.  Most people in Luxor work in tourism trade, and other small amount of people works at agriculture.

Cow Transportation

Cow Transportation

In Luxor, the animal is still very important.  So many donkeys are used as main mean of transportation, and lots of sheep and goats are on the road too.

Downtown Luxor

Downtown Luxor

This is downtown Luxor, and I bought a Arabic language music CD for my friend in Korea.

Egyptian Music

Egyptian Music

I bought the traditional Mix.  I paid 30 L.E.  They called way higher price, but I dealt with the guy several times and it came down to 30 L.E.

Burnt CD, not original

Burnt CD, not original

When I opened the CD case, what the…  Well…  But I checked that it is real music CD in a language which I do not understand.

Sugar Cane Juice

Sugar Cane Juice

I stopped at a juice store.  I was told that the sugarcane is the most important agriculture in Luxor.  The sugarcane is piled in the left, and the guy squeezed a few sticks and put some ice.  It was very good, sweet of course.  I think this is the real life Candy Crush. 🙂

Then I went to Kings Valley, but I do not have any photos because it was prohibited.  All the caves are amazing with beautiful carving and inscriptions.  It is truly amazing that those carvings and colours survived many thousand years.  Funny thing is that the most famous Pharaoh, the Tutankhamun has the smallest tomb.  His name has three parts: Tut – Ankh – Amun and means “Long Live Amun.”

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

My next destination was Karnak temple, dedicated to the god of Amun, and his wife, and his son.  It is very huge temple, and I was told that the Pharaohs ruled here.

Thutmoses III

Thutmoses III

This Pharaoh, the step son of the famous queen conquered many cities.

Conquered Cities

Conquered Cities

And he left all the names of the cities he conquered.  The ancient Egyptian writing represents meaning, but when it is circled, they represent sound.  All the people have tie on their arm which means that they were captured and bound.

Nile View

Nile View

This is the Nile view of the hotel where I had lunch.

Bus Business Class is better than the airplane Business Class

Bus Business Class is better than the airplane Business Class

Then I flew back to Cairo by Egypt Air.  The funny thing is that they distinguish the Business Class (total 8 seats) just by curtain.  They just have a foot more room and still pays almost three times of economic seat.

Most Asians know that Japanese are mostly quiet, and polite, while Chinese are usually loud.  But Japanese can go crazy too in some situation.  That is when they are not with other Japanese or their neighbours.  Two Japanese girls were sitting behind me.  They were so loud talking and laughing, even singing as if they are drunk.  I could not endure any more, so I greeted them in Japanese.  Then they became cute and quiet Japanese girls.

Sunset in the Airplane

Sunset in the Airplane

I saw the sunrise in the plane, and I also saw the sunset in the plane again in the same day.  Egypt Air is part of Star Alliance which means I can collect the mileage.

Moon from the Airplane

Moon from the Airplane

Right after the sunset, I pictured this moon.

I had diarrhoea this morning first time in this trip.  Maybe the food and water in Egypt do not cooperate with my body.

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