The Village Voice — June 2013
Student weaving a rug at a loom.
three small pyramids for the ruler’s queens. As tourists, we were obligated to take camel rides for Kodak moments. We didn’t know where most of the hungry fleas originated, from the Bedouins or the camels. The locals made every attempt to separate us from our cash. Even policemen and security personnel were in on the take. But the offering of “free” gifts was always mere seeds to make the recipients obliged to return the favor with money. The Solar Boat Museum, located on the south side of the pyramid, contained eight thousand yards of hemp ropes and a solar boat, (painstakingly preserved with 1,224 pieces of cedar wood) as it must have been 4,600 years ago in the time of Cheops. A cabin rests in the center with long oars on both sides. We ended the day at a home dinner that was poorly planned (not enough accommodations and not enough food). We were glad to return to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest. (The trip to Egypt was made, obviously, before the advent of the “Arab Spring.” Conditions have changed dramatically since then.) ********
Newsletter by and for the residents of Ocean Hills Country Club, Oceanside, Calif.