|A Sphinx Studying Lizzie on a Camel|
It was pretty apparent at the Pyramids that tourism is not as
be peak time, around Christmas and New Year, and we saw fewer than
twenty tourists (although it was Christmas Day for the local Coptic
Christians, so many of them were there riding horses and celebrating).
Life does not appear to have resettled since the revolution – many
taxis drivers and others have spoken of the uncertainty of the future,
and despite being Muslim, not one has so far mentioned support for
Morsi or the constitution.
On Tuesday, we visited Tahrir Square; it felt like we arrived at the
scene after the event but the staunch revolutionaries remained camped
out in their tents in the middle of the roundabout. Blockades still
stop the traffic flowing through, showing that normality is yet to
figurine hanging from a traffic light.
The traffic is horrendous and as unruly as we had expected, but the
weather has been much worse – windy, dusty and cold – not conducive to
pleasant cycling! But there are still two days for the warmth and
calmness to return…