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Coca Cola is popular in Egypt, as this sign in Cairo attests. The cola is available only in bottles of approximately 10oz in size. Many such billboards can be seen in the larger cities, but are almost non-existent in the outlying villages. This is most likely due to the lower economic wealth of the villages where one room mud huts are the norm for homes.

As we traveled along the Nile by train on our way from Cairo to Aswan in southern Egypt, we passed many rural areas such as this one, where a woman is seen carrying a bundle of clothes by balancing it on her head, a common way of carrying items in Egypt.

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This village mosque is typical of many which can be found throughout Egypt. Seen from our train, this is one of three in this small village. The people of Egypt are intensly spiritual, and most villages have more than one mosque.

As we continued our train trip, many times we were quite close to the Nile which afforded many wonderful views. Across the river we see Temple Komobo, which we will visit later on our 5-day river cruise back down the Nile.

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Another view of the shoreline along the Nile seen from our train. Palm trees are plentiful along the river, but rare even a short distance away from it. There is very little vegetation away from where water is present, such as along this river.

Around the temples and pyramids, where tourists flock, many entrepreneurs have opened up shops and cafes to entice the tourists. This cafe has a typical hand painted sign written in English, the predominant non-local language spoken everywhere in Egypt. Most Egyptians who deal with tourists speak acceptable english.

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Sadly, begging is quite common in Egypt. Here we see several children standing on the exterior walls of a temple tossing tin cans towards the tourists. The cans are tied to a string which the children hold while they constantly shout "baksheesh", which is loosly translated as "donation", hoping that a tourist will place money in the can so they can pull it back with the coveted prize inside.

Markets, or "bazaars", are plentiful wherever tourists congregate. As in this market, most of the goods for sale are brightly colored clothing or leather items such as belts and purses. Cheap jewelry and souvenirs are also readily available.

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Another market, this one viewed from the grounds of Temple Komobo. The rural location of most of the temples is evident by the surrounding scenery and the cart loaded with sugar cane and pulled by a pair of donkeys. In sharp contrast is the motorcycle next to the cart, which proves this image was taken in modern, rather than ancient, times. This is at the same temple shown in one of the previous images taken from our train.

The poor and rural nature of most of Egypt is evident in this image taken at the edge of a small village as we passed by it in our air conditioned, lushly appointed tour bus on our way to another temple.

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A fellucca near the city of Luxor at sunset. Felluccas are an ancient design, dating back to when the pyramids were being built. Today, they are a still popular as an efficient and cost effective way to move goods along Egypt's most important transportation route, the Nile river. They carry most anything, from sugarcane to livestock to quarry stone to tourists.

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