Egyptian women are amazing carriers, and it is the village women who are the best. Everywhere you go, you will see women carrying objects on their heads as they walk along serenely. To be fair, they often will roll a scarf to form a pad that helps to balance the load on the head.
When I was a kid, I used to practice balancing books on my head on the way back from the library. I was never in this league. A friend of mine and I spent a week photographing women all around Cairo carrying things. Fascinating.