After getting off the train from Cairo to Alexandria, my wife and I weren’t sure which direction to go to get to the ancient site Pompey’s Pillar, a Roman triumphal column.
That got us wondering- Were these pigeons going to be pets or food? In Luxor, a few days earlier I had eaten a pigeon for dinner. It wasn’t the meatiest bird but it was a decent meal!
A few minutes later, we came across huge crowds shopping at various markets. Each block or so had different items for sale. Some sold pigeon cages, others sold pigeons, kittens, puppies, fish or other animals. These markets were clearly for locals; there was not another tourist in sight.
We were treated so warmly by the locals and they seemed really happy & excited to hear that we were American, which was a bit surprising to us.
This was a welcome change from how we were treated in other cities we visited in Egypt- Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and a couple of others. In all of these places, pretty much everybody we encountered was trying to either sell us something or get baksheesh (a tip) from us.
It was a really incredible, unplanned experience probably more memorable than the site we had set out to see.