Life in the small villages of Egypt is rather different than the big city experiences. I've gotten used to insane Cairo car traffic mixed with the occasional donkey cart or camel caravan. But this clip provides you a view of the type of countryside roadblocks that we experienced frequently on our daily 5km drive to the excavation site. To be fair, this was one of the largest herds we had to deal with. Usually it was a handful of baby goats bounding across the road or the family water-buffalo meandering through town. We had a pack of feral dogs that would chase our car each morning as it entered the village. Donkeys seemed clever enough to stay along the sides and out of the primary thoroughfares. In any event, not a day went by where we weren't sharing the commute with a wide range of creatures, big and small. I'm really not sure which is more frustrating: the standstill of automobiles or the stubbornness of certain farm critters. But at least this crew was cooperative and reasonably photogenic.
The pace of living in the rural areas of Egypt is so easygoing and laid back. Without even realizing it I apparently adjusted to the rhythms, so much so that my re-entry to the city of Cairo was quite jarring. My ears and eyes had to relearn frenetic-ness. Granted, it only took a few hours but it was enough to experience a kind of culture-shock that I had not had to deal with before. Soon enough, however, I was once again comfortably interacting with urban hubub and village life seemed like a far-away dream. I do hope that the dream will be relived in the future at some point. As an excavation site Abydos has incredible wonders still waiting to be discovered. As an active community the village has great people with a rich heritage and a welcoming character. I would love to experience both again and am thankful for the time I have had there already.