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Well it's the start of Day 2 in Sharm, and already I've seen one dance show! Hooray!

Having messed about online for much of yesterday morning it was time to head outdoors for the afternoon. I had lunch and was sitting quietly on the terrace afterwards, listening to my music, and an English girl plumps down in the seat next to me, and we got chatting. She's Colette from the North of England (I want to say Manchester, but I could be wrong), and she lives here. She is working as an excursions rep, but she is also a fire dancer, and she's been in folklore shows here. She thinks it's brilliant that I'm a bellydance teacher and doesn't really understand why I'm keeping quiet about it. (As far as anyone in Egypt is concerned, I'm a French Teacher with a husband at home who couldn't come on this holiday because he's working. I may well be buying him a galabeya as a present!). She's said she'd be happy to come to shows with me, and she's worked with Vanessa who's a US dancer whose contact info I've got- I must call her this afternoon.

I seem to have got a couple of the hotel staff on my side, simply by being able to tell them that when I went to Cairo I was staying in Wist el Balad- they seem to find that hilarious. Equally hilarious is the fact that I can ask in Arabic, if they can change a large note. And once I tell them I love Oum Kalsoum, that seems to clinch it- they like that a lot! I *must* be *a little bit Egyptian* Yeah, right!

Yeterday afternoon, I visited the spa at the hotel, and had a sauna & steam, jacuzzi, massage and clay face mask. I'd been kind of hoping it would be the Hamman experience of being scrubbed down to within an inch of your life. I did find an Oriental Hammam online and I've got it bookmarked, but I'll also see if the hotel can find me something more like.

I got down late to dinner, on account of the massage stuff taking longer than I thought, and I spotted on the restaurant door, a sign for "Oriental Show, tonight", so I didn't have to go very far out of my way to see my first show! I was thrilled to hear a rather funky Sha'abi version of Ayila Tayha, when they were playing the warm up music. It was an Egyptian girl. Who-da thought? She wasn't terribly exciting, but she was young, and wearing a good costume and very sparkly high heeled shoes. We can't all be Dina right from the start, I know... She was very pretty, with a look of Camelia about her. She's from Shobra in Cairo apparently, said the waiter who is also from Shobra, and who is calling me Farhana.

She was followed by a Tannoura dancer. I've sat through more Tannoura in my life than anyone should be obligated to watch. But I watched and smiled and clapped, because he was giving it his all, and he managed six of the drum frame thingies, which is more than a lot of them do. And he got men up from the audience to have a go (after he'd done his main... (there's no other word for it... Apologies for the terrible pun coming up, you can see it a mile off, can't you? It's glaringly obvious...) ... turn. One of them managed to spin himself hilariously dizzy, the others started turning and soon stopped, favouring instead the swing it around your head like a giant pizza, but without knowing the technique for that got themselves into knots.

The station ident fillers for that channel I mentioned are proving very dancey! There is a set of them with different dance pieces all done terribly glamourously. One was a sort of beduin type one, but glitzed up (if such a thing can be imagined!). Then there was one where they played a classic piece of Baladi Progression (it was part of the Amint Billa that I usually use for Stick), and the dancer was in a fabulous Pharaonic inspired dress, with supporting male dancers doing Fred Astaire style leaping turns (only not as well as Fred, obv! They are after all basically Crap Boy Dancers (tm)), and a stunningly Vegas Show type background- stairs with lights! I can only *dream* of having stairs with lights, to slink down all seductively.

This morning I've put in a solid shift of sunbathing and floating in the pool; I'm currently enjoying the time-honoured Egyptian tradition of Having A Sit. Although, I suppose if I'm typing, that negates the Having A Sit tradition of making the sitting be the thing that you're doing. Anyway, I have admired the Towel Art for today:
Saturday's towel art

Today's plan is to go to the Old Market later on. I need to do a bit of shopping- I need more snacks and some drinks for my room, and I just want a general look around. Colette was saying there was a free show there in the evenings, so I might stay late & check that out.



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Aug. 25th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
I know this is not facebook, but...double like! ;)
Aug. 25th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
This! :)
Aug. 25th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
This looks and sounds idyllic- where are you staying?
Aug. 25th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
It's the Luna Sharm hotel - http://www.lunasharm.com/

It's nice, not too big. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I'm on an all-inclusive package and the meal arrangements are a bit odd, as far as I'm concerned- because it's all buffet (that's not the odd thing!) there are no wait-staff, just tidying up after people staff. Which means there's no-one to order drinks from. You get your drinks from the bar and take them through to the restaurant. Which is fine, really, they're next door to each other. It just seems rather odd, is all!

I'm trying not to go bonkers on the sitting in the sun, because I'm a shocker for forgetting to put the sunblock on, and I could burn like woah in this strong sun, especially with the pool reflections.
Aug. 26th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
mental note duly made.

It's been years since I went to Egypt, but I do remember how much I loved staying by the red sea
Aug. 25th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! xx
Aug. 25th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are having a great time. The hotel looks nice. I looked on the website. Hilariously it says the bar is open for snake-I'd watch out for that. LOLs. Enjoy.
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