My Big Gap Year: Walk Like A Reincarnated Egyptian
Dispatches from Poppy Spalding
I've always believed I am the reincarnation of the lush, gold-plated boy king, Tutankhamun. That is why it was imperative that I returned to my old stomping ground of ancient Egypt to check out my pyramids and cop some rays.
I first knew about my former life when, as a child, I watched The Mummy with my parents. As soon as the movie started, a vision came into my mind of exactly how the plot would develop as if the whole thing was already imprinted into my psyche. I knew then that ancient Egypt was in my blood and that surely I would be the one to unlock the secrets of the pyramids.
Coach tours were running to Giza from outside my hotel. I prepared in the ancient Egyptian fashion of Queen Cleopatra: bathing in milk and honey. I purchased a jar of honey, two cartons of milk and some kefir from the supermarket and emptied the lot into my freshly run bath. However, it smelled rather weird. In fact, after I'd bathed, I couldn't help thinking I didn't smell sexy at all.
But then I reminded myself that this was what the ancients were into and the Romans seemed to go for it. I suppose it's just as well they never travelled by coach because as the day got hotter I really did start to smell like feet.
Upon glimpsing the famous, yellow triangles I was struck by how disappointingly small they were. Tut was only like five feet tall so I guess they seemed a lot bigger the last time I was here. But as I got close up, I realised what amazing structures they really are. I mean, no one knows how they built them. Even today, with the biggest JCB in the world, we still can't build a pyramid. Even Kevin McCloud doesn't know how. It's mind blowing.
Filled with awe I strolled around, waiting for Tut to appear to me in a vision. He didn't, but a man selling camel rides did. I took him up and it was well worth the money. Coupled with the fact I felt transported back to my ancient royal roots, the animal stank of piss and totally disguised how I smelled a lot like freeze-dried parmesan.
Incredibly, that night, Tut came to me in a dream. I knew it was him by his goldy beard. He said: "The pyramids were built by aliens in the year 50,000 BC. They did it using telekinesis and magic." Then he told me that I had to sell as many Ginster’s Pasties as I could to everyone in the bar so I could get a special bonus. It was pretty mad.
So now I have a new mission: I must do a report for Channel 4 News about the pyramids as relayed to me by Tutankhamun and one day soon everyone will know that Ancient Egypt really is the greatest city in the world.