Written by:Gary Wonning
Egyptian Tea House
Giza Egypt Train Station
We found this quaint little tea house while waiting for the train to Luxor. Many of the modern conveniences of modern day life were missing. The tea house featured a dirt floor and no windows or doors. As it was nearing sun down and the weather was chilly a glass of hot tea was in order. I paid a nickel for a four ounce glass of tea, the bottom quarter inch of which was tea grounds.It was worth the wait, the overnight train ride was great, with first-class accommodations and excellent food.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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Dating back to the land before time, Egypt continues to be a land of mystery and intrigue. Egyptians are still farming and earning a living today much the same way they did in ancient Egypt almost ten thousand years ago. Many are still seen today farming and tilling their crops, using irrigation water from the Nile River via the same irrigation canals that were used many generations ago. Not much seems to have changed in this ancient land. Viewing the ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples, it almost seems as though their civilization has digressed over time. Observing the gigantic pyramids of Egypt and the modern day mud houses at the same time one wonders how the same peoples could be responsible for constructing both types of edifices. Buildings and homes built over 1500 years ago are very similar to the ones being constructed today, not much seems to have changed in this ancient land. Standing high on the plain overlooking Cairo are the pyramids of Giza, of the nearly 70 pyramids of Egypt, these three are the most popular and well known. Reputed to be nearly 5,000 years old, but in all probability are much older than that, these three landmarks have been the topic of many books, movies, and legends over time. Nothing can prepare one for the first time they are seen “live” and in person. Rising nearly 300 feet above the plateau which is itself nearly 300 feet above the Nile River Valley, they are quite impressive.The pyramids can be seen while passing homes with no roofs, enabling fires to be built in the living rooms allowing the residents to keep warm during the cold Egyptian winter evenings.