Sunday, December 9th, 2007
I finally tracked down some internet. Over the last few days I’ve traveling down the Nile. It’s been amazing. I’m currently in the city of Luxor. Luxor has been my favorite city so far. I’ve seen some amazing temple’s and tombs that are 1000′s of years old. But I have to say my favorite part of the trip has been spending time with some of the local people. It has been such a great experience to see how other cultures live. The Egypt people have been so great.
How is our Egyptian pose
The girls hanging out on the boat with the Nile in the background
Just walking around the streets
Hanging out at the temples
Korynn wanted a new outfit for when she gets home.
Back to the streets
Back to the Nile
This is the typical rooftop in the small towns. None of the roofs are ever finished. If the family leaves their roof unfinished they don’t have to pay taxes. So none of the buildings are finished. Then as the family grows they just add another floor and leave that unfinished. If you look in the corner of this shot you will see a man smoking his hookah.
Walking through the desert
All the holes in the hill behind Stephanie are tombs.
While walking around this tomb area there was a very small village. At these small villages when they see a foreigner they usually want to sell you something. The kids are the best sales people. They get the kids stated early at the selling. They are so cute though. So we came across this family selling dolls. They were fun to talk to. I actually took some pictures of the family and returned the next day with prints for them. They were very excited. This is my favorite part of this trip. Hanging out with locals. This family lived in such a smal little clay brick house with no running water. But they still had smiles on their faces.
Stephanie picked out a doll.
This is grandpa hanging outside of the house
We took what they call a country taxi to our next stop. It’s small little trucks that they pile everybody into the back. Here is some of the people we were riding with on the country taxi.
I think they enjoyed having us on the taxi with them.
I had to post this. This is a drinking bucket that is on the street in the town. Anybody walking down the street can just grab that cup dip it in and take a drink of water.
Off to visit another family
This is Katy and her friend Ali. He is such a funny man. Always smiling. He took us around to visit some of the locals. It was so great. Ali owns an a great restaurant in Luxor on the West Bank called Africa. So if you are ever in Luxor this is a must stop to eat some amazing Egyptian food. We are going to be eating there for our 3rd time today before leaving Luxor.
We brought a few small things to hand out to the kids. We brought a bunch of pens. Believe it or not Katy said they loved pens. She was right they did. We also brought some paddle balls. They really had fun with those.
Time for some group shots.They were so excited that I did these group shots for them. I delivered prints the next day. It was so great. I think I’m really going to start traveling the world and doing more of this in the poorer countries. They never get a cance to get any pictures. People I’m sure take many pictures of them from time to time but they never get to see them. So it was so great to actually be able to deliver them a copy of all the pictures. I had one older man so happy he came up to me and shook my hand with a big smile on his face. He didn’t show much emotion before that.
This family had about 30 people living under one roof. All the kids and their kids. It was crazy. This is a shot of the parents that started it all.
My new friends
This is a shot of their living room. Behind that door is chickens. So when it’s time for dinner they have fresh chicken.
There were actually pigeons that lived right in tehir living room. I couldn’t believe it when I was standing there and they just flew in. They had an unfinished roof so birds could fly in whenever they wanted.
This is a view from the second floor of their house down to the first floor.
Time to go. I’m off to ride donkeys over the mountain of the Valley of the Kings. Should be a blast. Then we are off to the city of Hurghada on the Red Sea. Many more pictures to come.
I have many more pictures to add to this post. But internet is so slow here. I have to get some sleep. I’ll add some more next time I come across internet.