The sea was beautiful today.
See that 'yacht' in the distance - imagine cruising the Mediterranean on a day like this. And the kids playing in the sand - to be so carefree again.
Dont'cha just wish you were sitting on the beach enjoying the water and the sun - I know I do.
Tuesday I got up and was at the bank by 8:30 - nobody around - well I guess there were four customers in the place - but no long lineups - so asked and was told after 5 minutes of searching on the computer that there was no money - suggested that I get the transfer number. Phoned Aymn again - and told him no money - told me go to back and wait - told him I was not going back again - as I had started to make bread - and I could not leave it. I had been craving peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches for three days - and did not think raisin bread would do as the bread. The bread turned out really well - made 25 'pieces' of which 21 puffed up like they are supposed to. Promptly had two peanut butter and dill pickle 'sandwiches'. Took 10 pieces down to Suzanne as I did not need that much bread - plus I did not have room to store that much in the freezer. She wanted to know how I knew that she needed bread. Her kids are on mid term break and all they do is play and eat - she usually gets 10 breads a day and that lasts - but the kids are devouring it before the afternoon meal. Had a nice visit with her. Got home around 4:30 - went down around 2:00 - there were 7 missed calls on my cell phone and 1 call on the land line - all from Aymn. Gave him a call and he called back - wanting to know where I had been - told him that I had gone down to Suzanne to take her some bread - asked my why I did not take my cell phone - told him I did not think of it - asked me if it was so heavy to carry with me. Unfortunately for him I do not think of it as an appendage that I cannot live without - if I go to visit Suzanne I rarely take it with me as I am busy visiting. I am not SO important that I have to be at the phone's beck and call 24/7.
Today I went to the bank again early - and lo and behold the money had arrived. Asked when it had arrived - was told it arrived yesterday just before closing - so much for sitting around and waiting for it to arrive. The woman told me it usually only takes 5 minutes - but there was a problem with their system. Next time should only take 5 minutes - not going to hold my breath for that one. After she took a p/c of my passport and printed out the transfer sheet I was taken to a window where I had to print my name and sign 3 times - told the guy that I should get paid every time I had to sign - not good enough to sign on the front of the document - also had to sign on the back of the thing. Also wanted my number and my address once he ascertained that I was a resident of Alex. Finally got the money - woo hoo. Phoned Sharon and went to pick her up - got some gas - and headed off to Carrefour - got a few groceries then went out for lunch - figured I 'deserved' a treat and then we went to see a movie - they were showing Madagascar 2 - and I needed a bit of levity - has been a stressful week - so we went and watched it. Aymn called - wanted to know if I was home yet - told him no - I was in a movie theatre going to watch a movie - told him I would call him when I was home and then we could chat. Called him when I got home - 3.5 hours ago - still no word from him - he is not happy that I had the nerve to waste money - at least that is the attitude I got from him on the phone - but tough noogies - I 'deserved' a treat - it has been a cruddy week.
A clearer shot of the milk cans - notice the wonderful refrigeration - and the milk has not been pasteurized.
Please notice the eggs and the 'cooler' they are kept in.
And last but not least - an Egyptian 'street cleaner'. This is how the streets are kept clean. At least the workers are guaranteed work as the people here are real pigs - they throw everything on the ground - people even dump stuff off their balcony - one has to be careful walking the streets - you can be hit by flying dirty diapers - LOVE IT.