Posted by Quaver1969
Last year I went to Egypt for eleven days with my family. We made a cruise on the Nile and then spent some more days in Cairo. We visited the Gizah Pyramids, of course. Keops Pyramid is the one standing Wonder of the Ancient World (the other six don’t stand anymore).
We visited Snefru’s Pyramids too (among other interesting places).
When we arrived to Snefru’s Rhomboidal Pyramid there were two policemen patrolling the site. One of them was riding a gorgeus camel and the other was on foot. Both of them belonged to the National Police.
We aproached to a wooden scafold that was standing at the pyramid entrance, which was a few metres above. We went upstairs ’till we reached the entrance. There was a metallic door with a little window with bars through which you could see the begining of a narrow isle that led to the pyramid’s core.
The door was closed and we were peering inside through the window. As we were there the policeman who was on foot came to the entrance. We were talking about the pyramid, wondering which material was it made of. The policeman heard one of us saying “alabastro” in Spanish, and he understood and said: “Alabaster, it’s made of alabaster”, in English looking at me.
There was a big stone at one of the sides of the metallic door. It was fragmented into little stone pieces which stuck together as if the big stone were a jigsaw. The policeman took one of the little stones and gave it to me as he said “alabaster”.
I was completely flabbergasted by this behaviour:
What the hell was supposed this man to be caring of?! He picked that stone, a small stone which had been part of Snefru’s Rhomboidal Pyramid for about 5,000 years, a piece of History, and gave it to a tourist: me!
Well, I have the stone well packed in an envelope which is inside a leather purse which is inside a box that is on a wooden column inside the guests room in my house. I sometimes take that stone in my hand and remember the policeman who was a thief.