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Do you see the world as a threatening place?
The world is a very threatening place. When just cave people and wild animals lived on the earth, the earth was wonderful, anybody would want to live in it. Obviously there were natural disasters and all but much less threatening than now. ...
... home by 7pm. It makes for very short days. Once home, I sit out on my glass enclosed balcony watching the locals who didn't obey curfew. I'm sure the traffic is a 10th what is would be if there wasn't a curfew in place.
But, be assured. We are safe. There has been no violence in our Maadi neighborhood. I have to emphasis this. We walk around during the day and are treated with kindness and respect by our Egyptian neighbors. Even after dark, it appears to ...
... in the pool and then headed out for dinner.
We took a very inexpensive cab ride to Sequoia Restaurant. We stuck to he mezza menu and ordered tehina, mixed mini shawarma in mini pitas, calamari and our waiter recommended mombar (rice in warm grape leaves). It was all really good, but way more than we needed!
Other new words of the day: Insha'Allah - means God willing and Aish - means bread and ...
... in your face” tactics. They will rarely give up unless met with total, stone faced disinterest.
If you are kind to one, you will be mobbed by the rest. If you stop to negotiate, you will be mobbed. If you discuss or express interest, you will be mobbed. If you stop or hesitate when offered “free” or “two for one” goods, you will be mobbed. We learned the only semi-effective tactic is to say nothing, show no interest, ...
... nothing much happening!) towards the Citadel and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. It reminded me a little of the mosques in Istanbul, but it really was beautiful in the sunshine. We removed our shoes and went inside, then sat on the floor while Bassem gave us a quick talk about Islam and praying in a mosque. The Mosque was built in the 1830s and Mohammed Ali's tomb is still inside (although when we looked it seemed to be wrapped in clingfilm!) We went ouside to admire the views ...