Plop! Plop! Plop! No more!

The very first time I came to Egypt was in December 1996.  My husband hired a driver and we went touring different tourist attractions in Egypt, including Muhammad Ali Citadel, Al Azhar Mosque & University, Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar, The Egyptian Museum and of course the Giza Pyramids.  There, at the Pyramids, it was the first time I ever rode in a carriage driven by two horses.

I was busy looking around and soaking in the atmosphere around the pyramids when suddenly I heard the sounds ‘plop! plop! plop!  Looking in front of me, I realized that the sound came from the horse’s excrement dropping on the granite paths. It was neither round or oval, nor hard.  It was actually one big mess, splattering on the road, one by one.  (Sorry! for this gory description).  One of the horses  actually excreted as it was treading on the paths. My husband couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t remember whether I was dumbfounded due to shock or due to the humor of the situation.  That really got my attention and I started looking around at other horses, and true enough, I saw a few other horses  doing the same thing.

When I got off the carriage, I became super overly alert walking on the road just to make sure that I don’t step on those nasty things.

Ironically, today, my daughter and I went to Central Park in New York for a tour.  We saw a row of tour horses and carriages along 5th Avenue (I think).  As I marvel the beauty of these animals and the aesthetically decorated carriages, something caught my eyes.  I noticed some kind of container fixed right behind and under the horse’s tail.  It was then that I realized it’s function.  Can you?

No more plop! plop! plop!  No wonder the roads are so clean………..Egypt should learn from America.




3 thoughts on “Plop! Plop! Plop! No more!”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. This is the first time I am hearing about how horse-dung is handled in the US. Not only Egypt but many other countries need to learn from America. Of course, that is why you are called a first world country; but also the small countries have their own lessons to teach the big countries. We end up learning from each other. The big learn from the small, the small learn from the big; just as kids learn from their parents, parents learn from their kids.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the comments. You are right. Learning is an ongoing process and countries should learn from each other – take the good and beneficial things and implement them in their own countries (and not comparing how many arsenals or arms one country has and I have to have more and better).

      I like your last line. I used to think that only the young learn from adults or somebody older but not anymore. In school, I learn a lot of things from my own students. We can even learn many things from different people, even the homeless and handicapped people around us.

      Have a great day ahead. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s