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Getting here

I typed this last night, ready to post today once I'd got internet arranged.

So I got to the airport good & early, because it's better than being late. As it tuns out, the plane was late arriving, and there was a broken seat that required three engineers to work on it, resulting in the plane leaving an hour late.

The plane journey was uneventful, but it certainly made me look forward to a British Airways non-low-cost flight in February! No food and drinks unless you paid for them (and I refuse to pay their inflated charges for such basics!). I had a window seat which was lovely because I'd never been able to pay attention to the landscape passing beneath me on previous flights to Cairo. I feel like Google Earth-ing the entire flight path, because I'd got no idea what countries I was flying over, and they were interesting. There were a lot of mountains and a lot of islands.

It was a bit of a faff getting from the airport to the hotel, because it was a shuttle bus and we had to go round several other hotels before mine. Also, it would appear that Sharm el Sheikh's main road has a demon one-way system. I got in too late for dinner, but having dumped my case I was able to get a burger and Greek salad at the bar, which was delicious, but it seems a shame to come all the way to Egypt and eat burgers!

And now I'm watching a 1990s romantic comedy, possibly featuring Mohammed Fouad- it sounds like his singing, and I'm going to try & verify via YT once I've worked out how to get the internet here. It's quite jolly and has featured stereotypical Sa'aidi country folk, in particular, our hero, the country boy coming to the big city to study. There have been fun musical interludes with kids from the American University doing dancing, which tried to be Kids from Fame, but still ended up being rather Reda influenced Egyptian group dancing! There is a certain amount of foreign student girls being no better than they ought, but there is a very nice intelligent (you can tell she's intelligent because she wears glasses when she's being studenty) but demure Egyptian girl waiting for our hero to notice her and fall in love with her. We've just had the obligatory nightclub scene, with an oriental dancer. And being no better than she ought. And now a bit of Nubian, to Shokolata (the old one)- there's jolly! I'm not sure how that fitted in, but who's complaining? Uh-oh! It's got all political, with students protesting about Israel occupying Palestine. Bloody hell he's just burned a Star of David flag! We're not mucking about with liberalism or PC here! Ah, all becomes clear- he was majoring in political science, and he came top of his year. And he couldn't have done it without the support of his dear old Sa'aidi Dad! Cue students all throwing their mortar boards into the air and roll credits...

I need to find out what channel I can find Oum Khalsoum concerts on here. I love how the stuff that we geek over is just part of normal everyday stuff here- there's just been a station ident clip, featuring a girl flouncing about with a melaya, in a frilly red Alexandrian frock, high heels and khulkhal.

Tomorrow: pool lounging.

Right, that would be today!

And now, some photos from this morning...

My awesome hibiscus luggage:
My awesome hibiscus luggage

I haz Balcony!:
I haz balcony

View from said Balcony:
Pool View

And finally some Towel Art:
Towel Art
I like that Alaa (who made the Towel Art) has gone that extra mile, to make it pretty with flowers and to decorate the bed.

A quick bit of Google Mapping has taught me some geography. I was probably flying over Croatia, which seems to be very islandy and Albania & Macedonia- both very mountainy, and then Greece, which of course is back to being islandy.

And just one more: Aww, bless, I've just seen how Alaa rearranged my bathroom, to make it pretty- won't post more picspam but you can find it here.



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Aug. 24th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
Your hibiscus luggage is cooooooooool! I love it!

Ah, towel art. And sunshine. And the possibility of Om Kalthoum on TV. I am sooooo jealous right now it literally is making me feel sick!

(jealous, but totes happy for you!)
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:02 am (UTC)
I'm trying to send good sunshine vibes to all my flisties. Especially the antipodean ones who are having winter.
Aug. 24th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
That bed is HUGE!
Aug. 24th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
Honestly, you could get three people in it and they could all lie there without touching each other. Which is possibly a waste of having a bed big enough for three of you...
Aug. 24th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
Oh how lovely she has made things :)

I didn't see much TV when I was in Cairo, must try the tv if I get to go again.
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
He not she, but yes, isn't it pretty! And I reckon he must have seen my hair flowers, as well as noticing the case, because he gave me a hibiscus flower for my hair!
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
That is so sweet! I need some Sharm in my life!
Aug. 24th, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
There's no towel art at my hotel :-( but there is Randa :-)
Aug. 24th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
What no towel art, are you *sure* you're in Cairo???
Aug. 24th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Lovely!! And OMG hibiscus luggage!
Aug. 24th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Have a fabulous time. In my trips to Egypt I have never gone to Sharm. May remedy that next time inshallah!

Aug. 24th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Very nice indeed! Which airline did you fly though?
Aug. 24th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
I was flying with Thomas Cook, booked through lowcostholidays.com - the domain name speaks for itself!
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
at least it wasn't RyanAir. I have heard plenty of horror stories there.
Aug. 25th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
hibiscus luggage!!!!! How divine : ) Luggage is usually so boring and mediocre. I should have known you would have something fabulous.

I hope you have a wonderful trip! I look forward to living vicariously through your postings ; )
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