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Last of the Cairo Catch-Ups - Going Home

I had one extra day after everyone else had left. I quite appreciated that. I'm used to living on my own and constant communality is hard work for me! As I've already posted, I had a relaxing lunch looking out over the Nile, then went to pick up my costumes from Aziz.

Since I'd had two meals in close succession, I didn't really feel hungry for the rest of the evening, and just finished off the biscuits that Miss C and I had kept for snacking.

Then I got onto the packing... I'd brought my biggest suitcase, the one that can expand if you unzip the top, and I could NOT fit everything. As I was trying to zip up the case, the zip-puller broke off one of the ends of the zip. Not a disaster, but generally contributing to not doing very well on the packing front! I was half-seriously contemplating going out to see if I could find an all-night suitcase shop! But I decided I could easily sacrifice a few Primark t-shirts, to get the blasted thing closed. Four t-shirts, one pair of leggings, a camisole top and two pairs of shoes[*] later, I managed to get the blasted case closed. Thank heavens I wasn't attempting to bring all the student costumes back with me!

I was obviously paranoid about waking up in time to leave for the airport. My flight was at 8.20am, and I had to leave about 5.30 to be sure of getting to the airport in reasonable time for check-in. I woke up at 3.30 and 4.30, and then I figured I might as well not bother trying to get back to sleep. I got up and got showered and dressed, and did the final paranoid check that I wasn't leaving behind anything that I wanted to take home with me. Then I went downstairs to drop off a package that Eman was supposed to be collecting, and to ask for help with my case!

As I was leaving the hotel, it was still dark, and the Cairo Dawn Chorus was singing. I made sure that porters helped with my bags at the airport (using up precious small denomination notes on tips!) and got on the plane. I was dozy, not having slept well, so I tried to sleep. The plane was busier than on the way out, and I had someone sitting next to me, who edged into my space (grrr! but I'm far too polite and British to have nudged him back into his own space). The flight was quick and uneventful, I got through baggage reclaim really quickly- my case was one of the first on the carousel! - and texted the Gentleman Friend to check it was still ok for him to pick me up- he was already on his way. It was good to see him again, and to have someone to tell all my stories to! He took me to lunch then it was back to the flat, and all the unpacking. I gave him his chessboard, which he liked (or at least acted like he liked it, which is good enough for me), as well as a small bottle of duty-free as an extra little gift.

And then it was back to reality. I had work the next morning (doing a Class Observation visit, for Ad Ed), and teaching in the evening to prepare for. I'd no food in the house, so I nipped to Tesco's for the essentials, only to find that something's happened to my car key battery, and I had to use the key as an actual, yanno, key, to get into my car! I think driving with the key in the ignition is recharging the battery, so I haven't had to go out and get a new battery for it, but that may still prove necessary, if I'm wrong in that assumption.

And now that's all the What I Did On My Holidays posts finished. There may be a couple of posts about things that cropped up, depends how thinky I'm feeling in the next couple of days!

[*] English shoes, not Cairo shoes! I wouldn't have sacrificed Cairo shoes, had I bought any, which I hadn't. The dreaded Cairo Cankles meant there was no point trying to buy nice shoes this time. Lesson learned- next trip, I'll buy shoes right at the beginning of the stay.


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Mar. 8th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
"Cairo cankles" lol! I hadn't thought of that....
Mar. 8th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
All your posts sound like an amazing trip! One day I may make it to Cairo (I'm sure that's just wishful thinking) for a trip like the ones you've taken. In the meantime I'll live vicariously through your trips. Can't wait to see photos of the new pretties in action (and maybe video I hopes I hopes I hopes!!)
Mar. 8th, 2013 06:17 am (UTC)
I've really enjoyed your detailed posts about your trip. Thanks for taking us along vicariously!
Mar. 8th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
I have loved reading you posts - they have made me even more determined to get there again next year
Mar. 11th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
Your posts have made me so envious - it sounds like a dream trip! Can't wait to see pictures of all your costumes being worn!
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