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Last day

It's my last day and I'm on my own again, Diva_C and the rest of the group having all gone home.

I'd decided I was going to the Hilton (a 5 minute walk away from the President Hotel where I'm staying) to have lunch by the pool, overlooking the Nile. And that's what I did.

Hilton Zamalek

I had mezze and a tomato & mozzarella salad, and a beer. It was heavenly. I particularly enjoyed the crows/jackdaws/big crow-y birds.

A bird

I had to get to Giza to pick up my Aziz costumes. I allowed 45 minutes, because so far that's the worst the traffic has been. Big mistake! An hour and a half it took. And the taxi driver kept dodging down little side roads to try and dodge the bad traffic on Haram (Pyramids Road), which I found quite alarming, not having any idea where I was. But alhamdulillah, I arrived three quarters of an hour late, and they were in the middle of eating! How mortified was I? And then they insisted on feeding me (and how could I refuse? Even though I'd only just had my lunch.) Anyway, we finally got round to the final fitting, and Aziz pointed out the changes he'd made: a longer flounce on the Alexandrian dress at the back, so that all will be seemly when I do big circles to the back, wrist bands and more flounces on the halter-neck, and a really cute ankle flounce! And on the black/red/yellow costume, some extra flowers, and drapé on the neckstraps (the better not to show my flab!).

Then I had to have my photo taken in the costumes, and to dance for him and Leila in the costume, and this time he got his son to video me (OMG! and me in no makeup, no hairpiece nor nothing!)

And the taxi I got back didn't take as long, and he was nicer, so he got a better tip (so ner, bad Cairo taxi drivers). I'm not really fussed about trying to go out tonight. Having been fed, I'm not exactly hungry. If I find I am, there's always room service. Although, I'm running low on water, I'll have to nip out to the little shop... Damn that means getting dressed again!

I have to get up at about quarter to five, to get my act together, and get a taxi to the airport. I will be sleeping like the proverbial top on the plane!


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 3rd, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
when are you going next year??? i wanna go back so bad now
Mar. 4th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'll go next year, more likely 2015. But I know I'll be going back *sometime*. Because I just love it.
Mar. 3rd, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
YAY! Glad you had some chill time by the pool. I can't believe I was there a week and didn't get the slightest chance to investigate the Hilton-note to self -go for longer next year. How fab getting a chance to dine with aziz. So pleased the costumes are crazy fab.Can't wait to see.
Mar. 4th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you had such a lovely time! Have a safe journey back home XX
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