When I was traveling through Europe, I kept hearing other people say that Egypt was a must see destination. I planned a trip to see what all the fuss was about. At the time, I had no idea how much of an impact it would eventually have on me. I feel like my life and entire outlook was forever changed on this visit.
I flew from Miami to Amsterdam to catch a connecting flight to Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world and the capital of Egypt. I arrived at my hotel around 2am, which was way too early to check in. Ready for adventure and having time to kill, I left my luggage and walked as close to the pyramids as I could. I found the perfect spot so I could look up and stare at them. It was 3am and I was all alone… 7,000 miles away!
Staring at these mysterious, haunting objects being enveloped by the night sky was surreal. Looking up to see Orion’s belt which aligns with the 3 pyramids was mind blowing. I felt like I was connected to the universe, a higher power, an energy, or maybe just myself; whatever it was, it changed my life.
These breathtaking landmarks were the Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx. There are countless theories on how and why they were built but it seems like we’ll never know for sure. One thing I do know, however, is their haunting, resonating mysterious aura.
After Cairo, I went on a seven-night cruise through the Nile, which included stops in Luxor, Edfu, Aswan, Kom-Ombo, and a flight to see the Abu Simbel temple. The temple was carved out of a mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. It was a lasting monument to his queen Nefertari.
After Egypt, I flew to Dubai and then back to Amsterdam for a few days before going home. When I got back from this amazing trip, I started researching all the theories on how and why the pyramids were built which led to some interesting places intellectually. I got heavily into alternative history and symbolism which influenced me to put symbols all over my guitars. I kept incorporating these things into different areas of my life and after a while, people started calling me “Pharaoh”. The name stuck and sort of became an alter ego to have fun with.