Apart from our archaeological activities, there is much to experience day to day in the wonderful land of Egypt. The natural environment is lovely and the Egyptian people are truly hospitable. Here are a few images of some of the things we experience while not working in an ancient royal cemetery:
|Cats are numerous in Egypt and generally tolerated. This fellow seems to be related to Charlie Chaplin.|
|Erik shares lunch with one of the locals who are regular visitors at outdoor restaurants.|
|Donkeys assist in many chores. Surprisingly, we have yet to see any camels|
which were once a common sight in western Luxor.
|Sturdy and intimidating water buffaloes ("gamoosa") can be found in many villages.|
The are NOT to be messed with.
|A rare glimpse of Denis, our usual photographer, here enjoying dinner at the|
home of our boatman, Gilan.
|Erik receiving a lesson in head-gear tying from Hussein the scarf vendor.|
|Paul Buck is teaching two on-line classes while in Egypt. It's time-consuming but a|
real treat for the students. Here he is broadcasting live from the Valley of the Kings.
(In this case, he is pointing his camera down a tomb shaft.)
|Don Ryan loves to explore remote parts of the desert where the terrain is both rugged and beautiful.|
|We often take a small motor boat across the Nile to visit places on both sides of the river.|
This is our boat, appropriately named "Hatshepsut," and with the Norwegian flag at its bow.
|We work six days a week, Saturday through Thursday. After hours, or on our free day on|
Friday, we often visit many sites, ancient and modern, to be found in the Luxor area. Here is
the intriguing memorial temple of the 19th dynasty ruler, Seti I.
|This morning, Erik and Paul went on a journey in a hot-air balloon which floated over several prominent sites of antiquity on Luxor's west bank. The aerial views are spectacular and here can be seen the memorial temple of the great pharaoh, Rameses II, and the stark contrast between modern agriculture and the remains of the past. (Photo by Erik Johannesson.)|
|As seen nightly from the balcony of our apartment, the Theban Mountains are artificially lit|
to provide a dramatic setting. The Valley of the Kings is situated just behind the far cliffs.