I travelled to Alexandria this Eid weekend. I travelled by train for the first time in my life by train. I always travel by car in Egypt but this time I thought it would be better to travel by train after writing about the history of the Egyptian Railways.
It was great experience and fun one for sure. I sat in the first degree which is not bad but need a lot of maintenance,already I wonder if this was the first class status what the third class is like !!?? “I sat on a broken chair in the way back !!??”
Travelling by train seriously is great experience because you discover places in your country you did not know or see before. For me I know about the governorates I passed through our way to Alexandria but it was the first time to me to see the out skirted villages on the train’s way. Here it was the real Egypt.
My little adventure in the Egyptian Railway made me wonder why President Mubarak and the rest of his family “Wife and son” do not travel by train and always travel by air instead ??
All Presidents and Kings travel by train from time to time.The Presidential candidates in America travel from State to another by train in order to meet ,see more people and know directly their problems.
Does the president hate to see how his citizens live ??
Does he hate to see them in their simple villages whose red brick houses are not painted nor their streets are paved !!
Or may be those who are around him do not want him to see these citizens in their simple life !! Because I saw it by my own eyes when Mubarak went to inaugurate the army hospital in Old Agouza , the Governorate workers came and hided the old shanty red brick houses beside the hospital with a very big red Khaimia cloth like the one used in the popular weddings and memorial services !! can you imagine it ,they did not want him to see these houses !!??
Of course now I should say that his son’s foundation donated to rebuild that old Agouza shanty area in to a clean new modern one in less than three years. Now they won’t hide it when the old man visits the area next time !!
Well I can’t imagine the regime men hiding the delta villages along the way to Alex by Khaimia cloth !!
It is not only him but also his wife and his son , the first lady and the Prince of Upper Egypt.
You see whenever anyone of them visits a place in Egypt , this place must have a facelift from upside down with flowers here and there and as soon as they leave ,the old wrinkles are back !!
It is sad pathetic thing.
It is not about Poverty , but it is about those villages need a lot of care and he needs to see them by his eyes to see that after 27 years of his rule nothing changed at all in the country side.