Trip Start Mar 09, 2010
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Today I was able to go on a crew tour to the Pyramids (about 2.5 hrs by bus). They ship packed a lunch for us and off we went at 7am. This is going to sound chopped up, but here goes!
I love to check out what or how people live. In this case (again) not so good. We drove down the desert highway. I watched the landscape change from brush to sand, pockets of vegetation, and scattered buildings everywhere. My image of sand dunes gone, because the desert landscape is littered with tiny farmhouses. Most without roofs, or made of twigs or something.
Our guide pointed out these cone shaped structures in the farmyards. i guess they are pigeon farms. According to him, pigeons are like Viagra in Egypt. So every Thursday, the wife cooks up Pigeon and have a celebration as Friday is their day off. He also pointed out the fish farms - OK do not eat fish in Egypt! This looked very bad. You gotta be crazy to eat out of there.
Port Said is the entrance to the Suez Canal. We drove along the Canal. We could see huge tankers in the canal, but it looked like they were on land. looked pretty funny.
Then we got to Cairo. 22 million. Again our guide pointed out a few things I would not have picked up on. The City of the Dead - this is a huge cemetery that is full of squatters (who actually pay rent). You cannot imagine the squalor! And everywhere were satellite dishes- even in the City of the Dead! I saw the Nile. I saw tall apartment buildings with no windows - the guide said the parents live on the ground floor, then when a child gets married, they move upstairs and they knock out the windows, and on and on.
The Pyramids are pretty much in the city! As we're driving down the road we could see them emerging out of the pall of pollution. The area around is huge, so they seem pretty remote once we got there, but you could see the city in the distance. The Great Pyramid is called Khufu's Pyramid and is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Absolutely fascinating! The sphinx too! Amazing! We tried to take pictures that portrayed scale, but its truly impossible. Some crew went for camel rides (been there done that :-), I just wanted to climb. A few of us did the climbing thing, again we did our lying down picture (so much fun),
On our way home we passed a donkey and wagon, carting watermelons. This is life near the Pyramids!