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Whirling Dervish

Whirling Dervish

Saw King Ramses II handy work today. He certainly didn’t have any self-esteem issues, commissioning many statues of himself as well as scraping off the Kartouches (name stamps) off old statues and putting his own name on them! The Step Pyramid featured today and an entry into one of the oldest pyramids. This time we saw our first ‘mass’ hieroglyphics. Fantastic. Another visit to the Great Pyramid followed and this time, A & T took another camel ride to see a different view. A continued on with the camel guide and trotted to the best photographic spot which featured a great view of the 9 pyramids. Egypt really needs to get some tourism development advice. Back in Oz this would be the place that all the buses would stop, complete with the souvenir stands and perhaps a ‘dinner in the desert’. We visited a carpet factory where T got quite used to being offered the ‘welcome drink’ before getting the hard sell. The good thing about this place is that the street children are trained in traditional carpet making provided they complete several hours a schooling each day. Tonight we spent the evening with Abdullah, the driver who took us to the Whirling Dervish performance and even shouted us a coffee at a typical bar – what an experience in itself! Situated in the spice bazaar, we watched Egyptians go about their daily lives. The performance was amazing. Well worth the effort and the wait. How they dancers spin non-stop for 20 minutes or more and then come to a complete stop without even a wobble is incredible. I think Abdullah enjoyed himself as well!

Posted by adtamo 10:05 Archived in Egypt

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