Yesterday we visited the Citadel in the older part of Cairo. It was built within a fort that was constructed in the Middle Ages.
The next couple of hours were spent at the old market. Mohammad (in the picture) showed us workshops where his family made many of products we saw in the small area where we spent most of our time. His English was the better than most of the Egyptians’ I met and he said that he hopes to come to America after he finishes college. Got his email!
At 8am we experienced the Sphinx with no other tourists at a manageable temperature! I highly recommend arriving early if you are ever in the area.
The second stop on our touristy-day was the Step Pyramid, designed by Imhotep…a long time ago.
The last stop on our tour was the city of Memphis where this HUGE statue of Ramses II.
And this was the location of my first encounter with child labor. The kids who make these carpets were between the ages of 6 and 16. They were provided schooling for 4 hours in return for their 4 hours of work. Many of these schools lined the roads that we took on the way to our various locations for the day. Whether or not these kids have better options or are even doing this of their own free will is unknown, but it is undoubtedly ethically questionable – at best. I took a video of one of them working that I will hopefully be able to post soon
My Mastercard commercial:
Entry to the Giza Pyramids: $5.33
Taxi ride for the day: $9.77
Getting duped and hassled by an Egyptian for the following photo: Priceless