Train to Aswan.

In our 4th day in Cairo, we took the 13 hours train to Aswan, where we’ll be staying for two days, and then move to the neighboring Luxor.

Since we knew one or two things about Egyptian trains, we booked the 1st class, which is more like a 2nd or 3rd class in Romanian trains. No kidding 🙂
It was ok though, we met a few other travelers like us, talked with them for a couple of hours and then slept most of the way.
Actually Andra slept more (after finishing documenting about Aswan and Luxor); I chose to write the Cairo post and this one, and also tried to take some photos. It’s hard to take any quality photos through very dirty windows though.

Other than these small inconveniences, the train ride provided some insights into the rural side of the country, with its lush lands along the Nile.

Wow, I stopped for 10 seconds for some inspiration 🙂 and saw the first camels during this ride, also people working the land, some white birds on the ground (maybe egrets), now donkeys and cows (they look like cows.. but not entirely).

One more sip from the Guava juice and back to scouting the horizons.
hmm..I don’t believe I told you about the Guava juice in the previous post. Our 1st host Jenna, introduced it to us. It’s simple: it smells awful, but it has an amazingly good taste :D, very different from what I’ve had so far. The trick is not to smell it when drinking :).
Andra is not crazy about it, I am at my third box already.

Back to train sightings: poor areas almost everywhere.
The villages look unfinished; small, isolated communities with half built houses; the people in rather dirty clothing, and only a handful of them. Many cities/villages look almost deserted, with little activity at this hour (7:30 in the morning).
We were wondering how it was possible for a civilization with such an impressive heritage, to remain behind so much. These people’s ancestors build the pyramids, way before other countries were even born. Now they’re building new stuff with outside help: “from the people of Japan” is written on the metro cars. A new museum is to be built soon with help from Germany (the entire Egyptian museum is supposed to move in the new location).
I don’t know enough history and politics to come up with an answer and I actually have no idea about what kept these people behind.
Please don’t say “Google it”, as we don’t have internet and will not have it for a while. It’s a luxury right now.. (obviously, if you read this post we have already solved the internet problem, at least temporary).

Hopefully we’ll be able to write more from Luxor. Until then, I’m curios what lies ahead and what new stories we’ll be able to share with you later.

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