Cairo, Egypt

It is kind of a crazy story how I actually wound up in Egypt.

I originally planned a 5 day trip to Dublin, Ireland with my friend but then my friend had a family emergency and couldn't come. So I went to Ireland alone and explored. I didn't want to leave Europe, and London was just a cheap quick flight away, so I extended my trip to go to London. As I was in London, a friend that I met on a study-abroad trip contacted me. We both were missing each other like crazy so she invited me impromptu to visit her in Cairo. I accepted.

I couldn't believe I was just getting on a plane to head to Cairo Egypt alone and was about to have this awesome experience from someone who grew up there. My friend Malak!

I had so much fun spending time with Malak, her husband, and her amazing dog Rufus. I literally went inside the Great Pyramids of Egypt and all I could think about was this cute dog and our tug-of-war sessions.

One of my first moments was getting a dinner literally on the Nile River. Something I had studied about in school, but there I was dipping my pita in my hummus looking at a sunset over the Nile. Wow, how did I get here? Every time I travel to a place that blows my mind, I feel very present, peaceful, and happy.

So we climbed on the pyramids to get inside, walked up tiny chambers and hallways and examined all of the things that the Pharaohs wanted to take with them into their after-life. There was a pretty new exhibit of a boat which was recently found and put together. That is so crazy to think these pre-historic people packed ships to be assembled into their pyramids for the after-life.

I rode a camel around the Pyramids and while I was on the ride, filmed parts for my American Ninja Warrior Season 9 Submission Video. This was a last minute idea. I figured, who else is going to film their video outside the Great Pyramids. I want to be that girl! haha, and that was the first thing they asked about when they called me to invite me to compete: What were you doing at the pyramids?

That could have been one of the things that made me interesting enough for them to call me and invite me to compete on their show. But there was a moment in London where I thought I was cray to just jump on a plane to Egypt and of course my family was concerned. It is those moments in life that make all the difference. Trusting yourself and your God enough to go on an ad