Friday, April 15, 2011
the surreal world in which I live
Today brought a few interesting moments.
As I was walking to church on the almost-deserted streets this morning, I passed some young guys. High school or so. As I walked by, one of them said, in Arabic, "You're old but even so, you're beautiful." Would he have said that if he knew I understood? If so, was it intended as a compliment or an insult?
This afternoon I decided to take advantage of the full amenities of my posh hotel. After a jog on the treadmill overlooking the Nile, I went to the spa where I got a go in the jacuzzi and then the steam room. The Filipino woman showed me my locker in the all-women's section and pointed to a little plastic packet. "Those are some underwears for you if you would like to use them?" Seriously? I asked her if I needed to use them and she said it was optional. But after she left I took a sneak peek. They looked like disposable jock straps. That's what rich women wear? Ick.
As I walked around town today I saw a bunch of police dressed in formal whites. I wondered if they were hosting some kind of dignitary or something. But by the end of my walk I realised that all police, even the one who monitors our hotel entrance, are dressed in whites. I'm guessing that that's what police do on Fridays here?