Many, many years ago – a lifetime ago… when my husband rode off into the sunset 🙂 I decided to create a singles club with the emphasis off “dating”. The driving force behind this endeavor was my desire to savor the joys of going out without the typical trappings of dating as conventionally understood.
We were treated to an engaging demonstration outdoors, showcasing the intricate process behind crafting the alabaster lamps. The atmosphere was filled with lively music and abundant humor. All in all, we found ourselves captivated for well over two hours.
As we boarded the bus and began our journey back to the welcoming embrace of our cruise boat, I couldn’t help but reflect on the captivating and eventful day we had just experienced. Already I knew I didn’t want to return to Ireland. Although I had lived in other parts of the world also prior to my trip to Egypt, I never felt like I belonged anywhere – I always felt a bit like an outsider. Now that feeling was temporarily just not there.
My cabin on the boat was a gem, positioned at water level, with the Nile’s waters lying just about 2 feet below window level. While some might have found this proximity to the river disconcerting, I, on the contrary, found it utterly wonderful. There was something truly magical about being lulled to sleep there during the night.
On that first trip I learned a few things about Egyptians as well as about ourselves as tourists.
- First – we were suckers for compliments. Actually we were like thirsty people in a desert. We had come from Ireland where nobody really every passed personal compliments – total strangers I mean. And remember we were a singles group so perhaps we were a little more thirsty than others for some emotional massaging.
- Egyptians are brilliant at instantly “reading” tourists and finding our weak spots. They are very intuitive.
- We were like putty in the hands of everyone we met because they were just SO FRIENDLY!
- Egypt left us all feeling better about ourselves but it also left most of our pockets empty.
- It is very hard to say “no” to someone who is smiling and being nice to you.