If anyone told me I'd be spending a year in Egypt, I would have never believed them. Ever. But my dad's an archaeologist who was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That opportunity was Egypt. And it included our whole family; me, my mom, and my younger sister. Now don't get me wrong, I can handle family vacations when they come along, but that flight to Egypt was long and unbearable.

"Hey Sandra. Sandra!" Katie shook me awake. We were in our new car, driving from the airport to Thebes, where we would be staying. I was dozing, suffering from jet lag.

"God, what?" I asked.

"Can I use your CD player?"

I rolled my eyes behind my sunglasses and turned away.

"Can I?"

"Mom, will you please make her leave me alone?" I'd just turned eighteen, Katie was fourteen. I definitely had some sibling power over her.

"Sandra, just let her use it," mom said from the passenger seat. I kicked my backpack towards her and looked out the window again. There wasn't much to see and it was really hot beyond the comforts of air conditioning. I just wanted to get to our new 'home', change out of my clothes and go to sleep.

In the anger of my situation, I must have dozed. I woke up again when the car jerked to a stop.

"We're here," dad announced, already out of the car. I looked ahead, seeing a somewhat modern one-story house. Sure, it looked comfortable and I couldn't wait to get to sleep, but I felt like I couldn't move.

"Come and get your things, Sandra."

An order. I hoisted myself out of the car and went to the trunk, grabbing two of my four bags. What can I say? I don't know the meaning of packing light.

Inside, the greatest blast of air conditioning hit me. It was enough to keep me waiting until dad told me where my room was. Down the hall and to the left. Dragging one suitcase, I went to my new domain. It was smaller than my bedroom at home, furnished a little dully, and had a set of painted figures of the Egyptian gods on the bed headboard. I picked up one of Seth, then the one of Anubis. I guess they were cool; I was okay with them as long as they didn't fall on my head or anything.

I only took the time to find my pajamas, some girl boxers and a white tank top. I tossed my traveling clothes on the blonde wood floor. I pulled down the light comforter, and then the cotton sheets of the bed. I lay down with a sigh, pulling only the sheets over me, then closed my eyes. I wanted nothing but to just sleep and sleep and sleep. Then maybe I'd check out Egypt.