Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Out Of The Sun

Travel on a donkey cart isn't the fastest thing in the world. There is plenty of fresh air, time to view the scenery, and usually a lot of sun. When summer comes in Egypt the donkey cart men break out the shamseya's, or umbrellas to the rest of us. The name in Arabic indicates that they are much more commonly used to protect against sun than against rain.


Anonymous said...

Love it!

Vagabonde said...

I don’t see that many young people with umbrellas around here – if it rains, they get soaked and if it is very warm, they get burnt. I believe Georgia is one of the US states with the highest incidence of skin cancer – not a good statistic.

Sharon said...

I've had such a hectic schedule lately that I haven't been to your site for several days. I just had to comment on the cultures colliding photo. That would have stopped me in my tracks too. It amazes me that anyone would dress like that anywhere let alone to hike about in such a rough area. And, that doesn't even take in the lack of respect for other cultures. Amazing.

As always, I so enjoy watching your site.

مارية said...

I like the donkey carts. :-)

Dina said...

Do the working donkeys get shod?
(Shod. Looks funny. Is that how you spell it? )
Always glad to see your donkey photos.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Most donkeys who are working on the roads are shod and often have pads inserted in the center of the shoe. These pads are made of old tire rubber and help them not to slip on the asphalt.

Dina said...


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