Dear mom, finally we arrived to Egypt, the country of pyramids and phalaropes. We haven’t seen any phalarope yet but we saw some pyramids. As you know, they are very high and huge: just think about how many trucks full of rocks the ancient Egyptians had to use! How many scrapers, cranes, lift truck! They had to be very expensive. These Egyptians were a strange people! They must had a great passion for animals. The phalaropes were almost all buried under the ground, in huge tombs, all painted in bright colours and full of every gift of God: gold, gemstones, refined weapons, sarcophagus, beds, decorated vases, marvellous things to be envied by the best Korean or Taiwan objects. One of these phalaropes’ name was Tutankhamon, it is dead very young, and the guide told me that if you go into its tomb you are hit by a curse. I stayed outside and I am doing fine. Anna went inside and from that moment on she suffers from dysentery. Many others must have entered into the sepulchre of that phalarope because the toilets, in the restaurants frequented by tourists, are always occupied.
Like I said before, the ancient Egyptians were very strange. It’s true. Just think, observing some bas-relief (they are so cute!) I discovered that they were always walking half-face, with the head parallel to the shoulders and the hands in «karate» position. I tried to do like them for a few hours but I was moving with difficulty and the other people were making fun of me. These oddities I think they only could be explained by religious reasons. Egypt, dear mom, is a curious country. They are backward. They have very old churches (just think, they call them temples): some of them date back to the second millennium before Christ and though they are built without the supply of reinforced concrete they are very big and functional. There is an interesting one in Karnak, preserved intact. Inside is well displayed the statue of a lady (?) with a lion’s body and a woman’s head: the guide says that she feigns! What a prankster! We have visited another naughty lady that «feigns» (or sphinx) in front of the pyramids of Giza, that was very much bigger: I think to have already seen her in some books. Even if there are many old churches, people are not so religious. The Egyptians swear a lot. My guide, besides, is a very polite person, she always says this is «crocodile god», this is «snake god», this is «ibis god»… I have to say that in swearing they have more creativity than Tuscans.
To be continued