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PART II 254 In the evening, after the day’s work, we used to get together in the village with the other workers. They came from around the world – Americans, Swedes, French and Germans. We formed wonderful relationships with all of them. It was a really warm community, all working towards a common goal. It’s one of the things I remember with most nostalgia about that year. One evening our cook went to the village to get a goat, then he had it killed on the spot and cooked it for our dinner. We staged a minor rebellion, because none of us wanted to eat a goat that had just been butchered. I remember that the site director, who was a German, came over. At first, he told us to quit making such a fuss, then he saw our point and backed us up. Once back in Carrara, after a year’s work, I found that the unparalleled undertak- ing at Abu Simbel had become famous. The newspapers and TV stations were making a big thing of it. It was a wonderful experience. Unique. A great victory for the engineers who had the idea of moving the temples, and for us because we used all the expertise we had gained in many years spent in the quarries. After that year in Egypt, I traveled the world continuing to do my job. I went to Libya, the Middle East and a lot of other places, but that experience has stayed with me. I’m now seventy-eight years old. I’ve retired and I tend my vineyard. Yet I feel like a young man and I think I would still be equal to the task. PAGES 252 AND 255 Workers from the Carrara marble quarries placing some blocks in precisely the correct position in their new location. Meticulous care was required in these operations. PAGES 256-257 Satellite image of the Nile at night. !e team enjoying moments of leisure in the village.

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