Today: News reports that Libya and Yemen are demonstrating for pro-democracy rights with several deaths resulting from the police attempts to control the crowds. South Koreans are encouraging North Korean citizens to revolt by releasing helium balloons with notes attached. We are in a winter of discontent that continues to boil!
Still docked in Aswan, we asked our tour director about the possibility of attending Mass this morning. I knew that at least half of the group, if not more, were Catholics. She said that she had planned a surprise discovery along that line for this morning.
Stopped at an ATM along the way back but after waiting half an hour in line we decided to continue using the American Dollars. Apparently they have a rule that if a woman wants to use the ATM she has a separate line and they always take precedent over the men. Consequently the men’s line moved very slowly. Several offered to let me join the women’s line but I declined as there were too many impatient men standing in line in front of us and I didn’t want to add to the problem.
We were back on board for afternoon tea at 5:00 pm before retiring to our cabins to prepare for our Galabeya Party that starts with dinner. On the menu will be our Okra (and it was very tasty). By 7:30 pm we were dressed up in Galabeya along with everyone else in the group. Some had on Arab style headdresses; Jim wore his Nubian cap plus an Egyptian necklace he’d picked up on one of our shopping expeditions. Many of the men were wearing house slippers for shoes. Most of the women had brought sandals with them so they didn’t have to improvise. Jim had borrowed our galabeyas from a friend and traveler that he works with at Bowers Museum; the others had purchased their costumes over the past week. A rainbow of colors prevailed and it was a fun evening for all. Everyone seemed to rise for the occasion; even those that were not feeling all that well from stomach ailments.