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This man is wearing the traditional garb most Egyptian men wear. The women wear similar clothing. Usually the married women wear dark colors, while unmarried women and young girls wear bright colors. The outer robe is called a "galabaya".





A group of men in the center, and the woman to the left, illustrate the common practice of keeping most of the body covered. This is to adhere to their conservative standards of modesty, as well as for protection from the sun and windblown sand.

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Donkeys are used to transport a wide variety of goods. This man is bringing sugar cane to a collection place to sell.





Water buffalo provide the strength for a variety of tasks, such as pulling heavy loads, or carrying large bulky items. This man is leading his water buffalo while riding the most common form of transportation in Egypt - the donkey.

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This woman and children are at the door of a "modern" store in a small village at the outskirts of Cairo. Note the youngster on the donkey. They learn to ride while quite young.





Two young boys and an older boy with their donkeys. The younger boys have large bags filled with fruit or vegetables draped across the donkeys, while the older boy and his donkey is carrying bundles of grain.

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Food cart vendors are a common sight in the suburbs of Cairo. Here several young men, wearing western style clothing, "hang out" while a mother and her son make a purchase.





A man offers his camel for a ride - for a fee, of course! Today, camels are used almost exclusively to give tourists that once-in-a-lifetime ride. The owners have given their camels 'traditional' Egyptian names such as Michael Jackson and Mickey Mouse. Honest!!

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On New Year's eve we took an overnight chartered train from Cairo to Aswan. The next morning we stopped for a few minutes alongside a school where children were playing outside. Egyptian children are very friendly and here is a group who seemed to be having a good time waving at the people on the train.





Occasionally we would slowly pass through a station on our non-stop trip to Aswan. Here a man stands on the back of train watching us pass by. I've always wondered what he was doing there. Is he a passenger, or the train's conductor, perhaps a guard, or a railroad employee, or is he simply catching a free ride?

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Felluccas, an ancient sailboat design still common in Egypt, are plentiful on the Nile. Some ferry passengers to and from islands where temples are located. Most carry supplies and materials - many we saw were loaded with stone, apparently from a nearby quarry. This young boy is taking a break after he helped launch us on our way.





A visit to another island temple required still another trip across the Nile. This time we traveled on a motorboat. If you've ever seen the 1951 movie classic, the African Queen, with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, you will have a good idea what these boats look like. This is the driver of our motorboat, a pleasant and good natured man who enjoyed singing to his passengers. His favorite song? It was a traditional Egyptian song .......Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee-i-ee-i-oh!!

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During a scheduled stop at an outdoor cafe our tour group enjoyed the entertainment provided by the cooks and servers while we ate traditional Egyptian foods. The singing and dancing seemed spontaneous, and was certainly exuberant. This boy watched the festivities from a window in the adjacent building.






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