The demarcation between irrigated land and the desert is unmistakable.
The Western Desert begins just beyond Cairo and stretches west to Libya, covering 2/3 of Egypt. The glimpse I get from the bus is of a desolate place punctuated by a few irrigated upscale housing developments and a lot of isolated grand gates framing great expanses of vacant land. It seems as if a number of grand dreams have died in this harsh place.
My favorite features in this otherwise monotonous scene are the huge conical pigeon houses that dot the landscape.
Now that’s a birdhouse!