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After years of being single and having to bloomingwell be independent, and get buses and trains to airports, it was really lovely to have the Gentleman Friend offering to drive me straight to Heathrow. What a luxury! I got there ridiculously early, or so I thought, but actually it gave me enough time to trawl around duty free, buying some MAC make up- I seem to have put my Girl About Town lipstick away somewhere safe, so I needed a pink lipstick for going away. They seemed not to have Girl About Town in stock, or maybe they're no longer doing it, I don't know, so I had to find another, and ended up with Candy Yum-Yum, which is going to kill my lips with diabetes. After having a bite to eat, it was just the right time to make my way to the departure gate. We boarded the plane about 20 minutes before it was due to take off.

And then we waited...

Some idiot had checked his luggage in, then promptly forgot to get on the plane with it. Which meant, for security's sake, of course, that they had to find his (or as it might be, her) luggage in the hold, to take it out. Except it didn't seem to be in the cargo bin it was supposed to be in, so it took some finding. At last we started to taxi out to where we were supposed to be taking off.

And then we waited...

There was a warning signal apparently going off in the cabin, to do with one of the doors. They'd checked the door, and it seemed to be fine, but, for safety's sake, they had to get an engineer to double check it.

Two hours late we took off...

I have to say, it's really nice flying BA, sooooooo much nicer than low-cost airlines!

I managed to get through the Airport duty-free relatively unscathed (I was buying for a friend who lives here), and managed to end up with a very nice taxi driver, who'd studied in London for 3 months 35 years ago and had very fond memories of Hyde Park, and managed to arrive at the hotel all in one piece, and a bit tired, as it was 1am + travel stress o'clock, according to my body, and 3am local time. The hotel wasn't expecting me. I explained I was part of Kay's group, but I was early. Luckily Hassan worked out more or less what the situation was and I got to my room. I didn't bother with too much unpacking, and went straight to bed. But I couldn't sleep.

I put the tv on, and immediately came across a Naima Akef film. Gosh it was fabulous seeing how gosh-darn EGYPTIAN those ladies were! The eyebrows! The shoulders! The gestures! The intonation! I love it! I so wish I could bring some of that to my dancing!

I awoke this morning with a start, thinking I only had 10 minutes before breakfast was finished! Tore myself to the restaurant, only to find breakfast goes till 10.30, not 10! Oof!

The plan was to go to the Khan al Khalili ahead of the group, to try and talk to Mahmoud about the costumes I want to order for my students. He was busy with a teacher or shop owner sorting out an international order, so I waited. I can be patient (stop sniggering everyone- I *can*!). I agreed a price with him, but unfortunately Little Miss Thickie here had forgotten all the measurements at the hotel... So I'm going to have to go back on Monday to sort it out properly. I may have to pay for him to send it all to me. I may do that anyway, to save on packing. My suitcase pull-up handle broke as I got to Heathrow, and I've been having to pull it using the normal handle and walk around like Quasimodo, or carry the blasted thing in the good old fashioned way. I don't think I want to try carrying it when it's got a ton of things to bring home in it.

Anyway, I wandered around the Khan, and I think I've worked out what present I'll be taking home to the Gentleman Friend. I popped into Yasser's and got a couple of hip scarves. One of them is definitely for me, a really pretty one in turquoise and pink, I might get one or two in the same colours on Monday, for my students to fight over!

I got back to the hotel and found Kay had got our rooms upgraded, so instead of having a lovely view of a wall, I now have a balcony! I caught up with Kay and went with her to change some money, and do a bit of shopping so I've got nibbles in the room, and water.

The weather here is pleasant and sunny, and I keep telling people that when I left London it was snowing!

Tonight I'm going out with Ellie (Eshta of Saqarah fame), and she's showing me another side to Cairo nightlife. I.e. not bellydancers!

But not to worry, it sounds like Kay has some excellent plans for those of us in the group who really want to see dancing!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Have a fantastic time! I must say when I went KLM was such a lovely way to fly after using the budgets :).
Feb. 23rd, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Aaaaah! I've checked in and am so excited! See you tomorrow :)

p.s. Moyra is on her way and due to arrive at stupid o clock so you may or may not see her at breakfast. Also good to know that the hotel wifi works.
Feb. 23rd, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
And I like the sound of the room upgrade.
Feb. 24th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
OOOOOH! It sounds fabulous already.
Feb. 24th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
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