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Fulbright Pyramid Trip

 

Fulbright Trip to Pyramids

 

Dec. 10

 

This Thursday night, I met Karl Schaefer (the Fulbrighter from Alexandria working at the Bibliotecha Alexandrina) at the Sakanat Maadi Metro station and we went to Loucilles for dinner. He was in town for the Fulbright events of the weekend. We talked for a couple hours about Fulbright, his time coming to an end (his grant ends on Jan. 15), his work at the Alex Library, and academic life back in the US. We also saw Cady McClure and Chris Schaefer there having dinner alone. I got back on the train to spend the night with another Fulbrigher, Ginger, and I went home to read.

 

Dec. 11

 

Fulbright trip to the Pyramids. We had our guide Dr. Chahinda Karim again (who also took us on a walking tour of Coptic and Islamic Cairo) who did a fantastic job. We met at the Fulbright offices (I got a ride with Richard, Bilal (their driver), Sussan, and Jian) at 7am. We took the bus to Sakkara, visited the Tomb of Ti, the Pyramid of Teti, and the area around the Pyramid of Zozer (the Step Pyramid). Then we went to Memphis, saw the various statues including the huge Ramses II in the open air museum, and then traveled to Dashour. We saw the Bent Pyramid, and went into the Red Pyramid (I took pictures this time). Then we drove back to Giza and had lunch at a Greek restaurant, Andrea’s—one of those open air restaurants that kind of caters to tourists. I got to know Zohair Hussain and his wife and daughter a little on this trip (he and I are trying to coauthor an article). We ate a huge amount, and got back to the Fulbright offices in Dokki and decided not to all go out for dinner.

 

I then ended up taking the train to Tahrir and the AUC downtown campus and read for my lecture on Sunday before attending the Cairo Choral Society concert, “Haydn: The Creation.” It was very good, three talented soloists, plus and orchestra and choir. Mostly AUC faculty, but also some other Egyptians and expats. I ended up leaving about 2/3 of the way through, since it was late and I had had a long day. The concert was held in Erfurt Hall in AUC Tahrir, and was a beautiful facility. Karl and Kathy had said it wasn’t very good when they went to the same concert on Tues, but I found it great and probably was because I love those 18th century composers. Before the concert, I went through the new art gallery at AUC Tahrir, Margo Veillon which had an exhibition called “Nocturnes and Fantasies.” There was also an exhibition of past winners of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, and as I was looking through the pictures of the winners, I saw Somaya Ramadan’s picture, one of the Egyptian Friends. She won in 2002 for her book “Leaves of Narcissus.” The next day I checked it out from the AUC library!

Here are photos:

Dr. Chandra at the Tomb of Ti

Dr. Chandra at the Tomb of Ti

At Sakkara--The Steppe Pyramid

At Sakkara--The Steppe Pyramid

Steppe Pyramid

Steppe Pyramid

Me in front of the Step Pyramid in Sakkara

Me in front of the Step Pyramid in Sakkara

Nile Canal on the way to Memphis

Nile Canal on the way to Memphis

Sphinx at Memphis

Sphinx at Memphis

Ramses II in Memphis

Ramses II in Memphis

Close up of Ramses II--thought to be Pharaoh during Moses time

Close up of Ramses II--thought to be Pharaoh during Moses time

Famous "Bent Pyramid" in Dashour

Famous "Bent Pyramid" in Dashour

Stairs up the "Red Pyramid" in Dashour

Stairs up the "Red Pyramid" in Dashour

Pyramid within a Pyramid--Inside the Red Pyramid

Pyramid within a Pyramid--Inside the Red Pyramid

Stairs within the Red Pyramid leading to another chamber

Stairs within the Red Pyramid leading to another chamber

Tunnel between passages in Red Pyramid

Tunnel between passages in Red Pyramid

From Red Pyramid entrance, looking down at desert

From Red Pyramid entrance, looking down at desert

Canal on the way back to Cairo

Canal on the way back to Cairo

Andrea's Restaurant -- Roasting Chickens

Andrea's Restaurant -- Roasting Chickens

Andrea's Restaurant -- Fresh bread

Andrea's Restaurant -- Fresh bread

Fulbrighters having lunch at Andrea's

Fulbrighters having lunch at Andrea's

Fulbrighters having lunch at Andrea's

Fulbrighters having lunch at Andrea's

Fellow Fulbrighter Sussan Babaie and I

Fellow Fulbrighter Sussan Babaie and I

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