Saturday, October 31, 2009

Egypt (Day Two)

Day Two - Cairo
This is the only photo we have of the Egyptian Museum since we had to check our camera at the door. The museum was AWESOME. If you ever thought there might be a shortage of Egyptian artifacts, you were wrong! They have so much stuff jam packed into this museum that they obviously don't know what to do with it all. There are rows and rows of sarcophagus stacked 3 or 4 high. They also have about 20 mummies on display, which was fascinating to see (and the only room in the museum with air conditioning ... we loitered!)
King Tut's loot takes up an entire wing of the museum. The mask above looks incredible in person. It's crazy to think that they buried King Tut, who was only 19 when he died, with all of this stuff. Ramses II was 97 when he died. It's too bad his tomb was looted thousands of years ago, I'm sure it would put King Tut to shame!

After the museum, we went on a walk through Cairo. I saw this huge pile of trash that has long since been forgotten and decided to take a picture of it. An instant after I snapped the photo, a guy came up to me and said sternly, "Don't take pictures of rubbage!"

We found this great overlook that looked down onto a crazy intersection. Cars, people, buses, and motorcycles all randomly crossed in all directions. To our amazement, no one got hit! We also saw a lot of other interesting things...

... like this guy carrying a dresser on his back (You also might notice the two fellas walking with arms linked. Homosexuality is not tolerated in Egypt, but it is very common to see heterosexual men walking arm in arm or even holding hands.)
We also saw these two women, one with a TV on her head and the other with a bundle of packages on her head. It is very common to see ladies carrying stuff on their heads. You might think it's pretty rare to catch a lady with a TV on her head, but you'd be wrong. We saw it again about a week later.

These little mini-buses are public transportation. Most of the time they never come to a complete stop. They will just slow down, the door opens, people get out while others get in, and then off it goes. In this photo, the guys getting off are at a brisk walk.

I just thought this was a cool shot. That's all.

We saw this mosque and thought it would be cool to go check it out and take some pictures. This is the only photo I managed to get because right as the camera came out, we were swarmed by the little kids in the pictures below.

They LOVED getting their picture taken and then looked at the screen so they could see themselves. We got the impression that they have never seen a digital camera before.

We took about 35 pictures of these boys before we had to leave, they tried desperately to get us to stay and continue taking pictures.

That evening, we went to the sound and light show at the Pyramids. The narration was horribly cheesy, but the light show was impressive!


B. said...

This is great! I can't wait for more entries.

"Don't take pictures of rubbage!"


Kristin said...

I would like to write a more lengthy comment, but I am going to go and hoist our television on my head to see if I can pack it around. Hope Tyler doesn't mind....
What a WONDERFUL trip! Can't wait to hear more.

Jamie said...

You two are world travelers! Wow how neat --loved your pictures!

Lauren said...

That is so awesome that you went to Egypt! Love the pictures!

Neil and Steph said...

I love the pictures! I'm totally jealous...