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... to take all the tourists back to Anwar. The drive back my guide and I sat and chatted the entire time about travelling, love and patience. I've said it before, but I am so impressed with how far I've come in my mindset and learning to just allow things to come. The group was given free time for the afternoon. Elizabeth was so kind and offered to do whatever I was interested in doing for the afternoon. She mentioned the spa, and my eyes lit up. I am ...
... Karate-fighting Arab League diplomat, who promises me a 'real Egyptian night.' With an open mind, I get into a taxi, and arrive at Cairo Jazz Club where Bashir (a rising star) is playing. Instruments are Moog keyboard, 6-string bass, oudh, violin, saxophone and tablas, plus Bashir's poetic vocals. I am entranced, and completely unable to write about this music - pictures and video clips will have to suffice. Ahmed pays for everything, and I head ...
... before proudly returning the now satisfactory gift to its owner.
Yes, it seems amusing to us, but in a culture where straight guys will promenade down the street together coolly linking arms, and where in every song, voice and Eastern violins join in the impassioned cry 'ah, Habeeby', (Oh, my love!) perhaps the mass import of pink teddy bears from China and powerpoints set to American pop ballads is just another ingenious way countries have of making things their ...
... There is a church inside the church here.
We then went to lunch with Omar at a nearby buffet. There were lots of other tourist there and the food was pretty decent.
We came back to the hotel and Bill worked on the blogs in the lounge while I soaked up the rays at the pool. I joined Bill at the lounge to avoid the smoke at the pool only to deal with more smoke in the lounge, but at least there was beer!
We cleaned up and took a cab to the City ...
... It felt amazing!
Egypt is an amazing country and one that no one should retrieve from going to. As with any part of the world, if you take care of your belongings and of yourself, if you do not do things that are tempting for others to rob or take advantage of you, and if you respect the culture and the people, your trip will be amazing for the most part...you will have different experiences, but they will all be experiences to remember a lifetime.