Cops and robbers

Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
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Flag of Egypt  ,
Friday, January 19, 2007

The next five days, through 'middle Egypt' took me through some of the country's poorest towns, where the women wash their clothes and pots in the canal, the men fish in the canal and the water buffalo shit in the canal. This region houses both the majority of Egypt's coptic community and the majority of islamic extremists. Many of those involved in the 1997 Luxor Massacre came from Assyut university. 

The situation is much calmer now, and everyone I met seemed friendly, often delighted at the unusual sight of a tourist. Nonetheless the police remain vigilant, possibly to the point of paranoia. The government knows only too well the effect any incident could have on Egypts main industry. Consequently, until I reached Minya, 200km south of Cairo, I was often accompanied on my rides by a police car with armed cops inside, and twice had a bodyguard whenever I left my hotel.

The only temple I visited on this stretch was Abydos, which is famous for a couple of hieroglyphs which, if sufficiently computer enhanced (for which read 'doctored') still don't look much like a helicopter and a submarine.
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