Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I've been annoyed with the Supreme Council for Antiquities for a while over their decision to put a "protective" wall along the farms in our area so that people can't get out in the desert. Their argument is that they are protecting the safety of tourists (90% if whom are guests of local residents on sedate horseback rides in the desert) and the antiquities. So when I went out yesterday with some friends and took them to see a lovely little sarcophagus that has been laying undisturbed on the sand near the edge of the desert for lord knows how many centuries, only to find that it had been broken by a bulldozer or tractor that had been driven over it, I was, to say the least, a tad ticked off. Raving is probably a better word. So they build a wall to "protect" our antiquities and in the process destroy a local landmark that has been enjoyed for centuries...and none of us have ever damaged it.
Friday, September 25, 2009
While some of the buildings in Old Cairo date back about a thousand years, much of downtown Cairo was built in the late 1800's/early 1900's. This building that curves around one of the downtown roundabouts is a lovely example of some of the well maintained buildings in the downtown area.
Friday, September 11, 2009
An old man has parked his donkey cart, as he does every day, in the middle of a relatively busy village intersection where he sells his seedless grapes. The police at the checkpoint just beyond the intersection obviously have no problem with this.
Sincere apologies for not posting lately but the gerbils running my internet seem to be on strike again and I have to borrow bandwidth from friends whenever possible.
The village butcher is an open-air establishment where they slaughter an animal (cow, buffalo, sheep, or goat) early in the morning and then people come to get meat throughout the day. Egyptians like their meat fresh. The village women sit and chat while waiting their turn.