The family in the flat below are burning incense on their doorstep and along the small village streets children are running around and shouting happily as they play football - this is the Egypt I love so much.
The Egypt I DON'T love so much hasn't surfaced yet - although it's hotter than usual for the time of year I've managed to stay out of the uncomfortable heat and amazingly I've only got one mozzie bite so far - I've usually got over 30 by day 2 so those ankle and wrist straps I'm using this time round actually seem to be working for a change! It's good to be back and I'm very, very relaxed!
I first came to Egypt in 1999 - it was a birthday present from my husband for turning 30. Like most people I was fascinated by the history and wanted to witness some of its splendour first hand - I didn't realise I'd fall so hard for the people and - well, let's face it - the FOOD too!! We've been back almost every year since and in 2005 finally got ourselves a little flat overlooking the Nile in the middle of an Egyptian village. We have made many good friends here - the family below look after our flat when we're not here and when we are here the meals they cook for us are truly spectacular! Egyptian hospitality really is amazing - when they say 'pop in anytime' they actually mean it - when I say it I'm usually just being polite, he he he.....!!!
The West Bank - we look over this from our roof - this is where the Valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles is
We really miss the boys - in the evenings what I wouldn't give for a schnauzer snuggle! But they ran into the kennels without so much as a backwards glance - they really seem to enjoy it there which is really good. They'll be very pleased to see so much interest in their 'bootie-licious' competition - thank you so much to everyone who has either entered or posted a link to it, I can't wait to go through all the entries with the boys and then show them to Santa & Minnie and Nellie & Calvert! And - isn't this wonderful - Groucho (the inspiration behind it all!) has sent everyone a good luck message which we're posting below....(click to biggify!!!)
Right, well, I'm off now as me and hubby are off to go quad biking in the desert - woo-woo! We'll post photos of Bertie at some landmarks soon and if I get a chance I'll visit some blogs, but I might not get a chance as I'm finding out that relaxing is quite a time-consuming pass time, he he!