Shopping, mezzas and smoking a shisha in Naama Bay

Trip Start Aug 30, 2006
Trip End Jul 16, 2007

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Our first trip to Naama Bay for some shopping. Then eating cold mezzas and smoking a strawberry shisha

After a nice sleep in our air conditioned room we woke up to beautiful sunshine.

We then caught a taxi to Naama Bay - about 10 minutes away. This is where all the shops and restaurants are. A real tourist area.

We had just got out of the taxi a guy approached us and asked Fiona to "sign his book". She agreed and before we knew it we were sitting in his perfume shop. He was very friendly - talking about our trip, signing his book for luck, his new shop that he just opened. He offered us Egyptian tea and went through his sales pitch about his "pure perfumes".

After about 20 minutes we ended up buying a small bottle of perfume each. Mine was a copy of Ralph Lauren's "Romance".

Finally we escaped the shop. We walked another few steps and then another guy approached us. "Please come to my shop so I can give you my business card. Just have a look. No need to buy. I just opened my new shop. You will give me luck". YEAH RIGHT!! This time we just said "NO" and kept walking.

Most of the shops in Naama Bay were closed during the day. Must be the heat. It was about 38 degree heat. HOT.

We did find a good travel shop and booked our trip to cairo and Abu Galum. 1519 Egyptian Pounds (about 150 Pounds) each for both trips. Yay!! This was a great deal considering Mustaffa the travel agent at the hotel quoted 3000 Egyptian Pounds to fly to cairo alone. The guys in the travel shop were funny though and let us sit in the boss' chair in the shade. The locals are very friendly and joke alot.

IMPRESSION: The guys were so full on. Everywhere we went we got comments like "You have beautiful eyes. Where are you from? You looking for an Egyptian husband. Wow. Oh...My...God. I want to marry you." Funny at first. But then irritating after awhile. In the 38 degree heat we were thirsty for water. We went into a shop and the guy wouldn't tell us how much it was as he kept commenting on how lovely our eyes were. I felt like screaming. We just wanted some damn water!! Arrrrgh. hehe

IMPRESSION: I only saw guys working, in the shops, restaurants, hotel, tours. Everywhere. Strange. I saw ONE female making bread in a restaurant and a some in the airport.

It was so hot we had to go back to our hotel to relax by the pool and work on our tan.

Later that night we went back to Naama Bay. This time the vibe was very different. The shops were open and the lights were all on. There were alot more people walking around.

We did some shopping and then went into a restaurant. We ate some cold mezzas - Hoummus, Eggplant dip and roast potato with garlic. MMMM and some fresh baked bread. Very delicious.

We also smoked a Shisha. Strawberry tobacco flavour. I got a head rush though. Apparently it is only strawberry herbs that we smoke. But it has something to do with the oxygen going to your head.

IMPRESSION: Guys offering to buy us as wives for Camels. One even offered a camel, a helicopter and 4 cars. Too funny

Home for bed at 11pm. And then the hard decision of what to wear for cairo the next day. Hmm how to stay cool in the heat without offending anyone.
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