Sounds of Egypt: Travel Thoughts 12

I live in a quiet neighbourhood which backs onto State Forest. All I hear in the mornings and evenings and throughout the day is birdsong so you can understand Egypt was more than a little bit of a shock to my system with constant noise.

The call to Prayer is something that most of us don’t hear in Australia.

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I do apologise for the quality of the pictures – it was the sound I was trying to capture and occasionally a video where I thought I was photographing. Although it looks as though the pictures are on their side I think they will turn up the right way when played.

Cairo deserved the name ‘the city that never sleeps.’ In deed some nights it felt as though the city became more alive after 10pm at night. From our hotel room the traffic was constant as was the honking.

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Weddings in Egypt So many religions, so many different types but all have call welcoming in the bride and groom. I only caught the last one but there were many whilst waiting for the couple to arrive.

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The Sales Pitch – the Egyptians expected to barter and expected to work for the sale whether it be in the Valley of the Vultures or in a shop. We were taken to the shops being told that these were where the quality goods were to be had. We purchased one of the last items the fellow discussed and duly put ours outside – undercover but it got the sun. We no longer have it. The colour did last just not the material it was painted onto.

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Luxor Temple So many tourists combined with calls to prayer by the mosque within the temple precinct. A bad picture but the sound says it all.

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And then to Edfu and the horse ride. The third one is interesting as it shows a street in the town of Edfu as we travel along.

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© irene waters 2020

And at dinner on board our Nile boat noise still filled the air.

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And when all should be quiet, as we went birdwatching on the upper reaches of the Nile – noise came with us.

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Being a visual person I remember countries for what I see and how they make me feel. Some countries I remember also for smell (Vanuatu) and sound (Egypt). Do you have places you have been that you will be forever reminded of by more than one of the senses.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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2 Responses to Sounds of Egypt: Travel Thoughts 12

  1. How interesting to focus on the sounds of Egypt – certainly noisier than the suburb I live in. Other than sight and sound, all other senses can only be alluded to: taste, touch, smell. We just have to take the word of the writer for those descriptions.

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    • The writer or describer. Roger asked me how a coffee was the other day and I said a bit too bright for my liking. He asked what that meant and trying to describe it I found impossible and ended up with the opposite of mellow. I have no doubt you would have done a much better attempt but taste and pain are both difficult to describe,

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