Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Taxi driver

I had another odd taxi driver incident yesterday.

"Where do you live?" said the driver.
"Zamalek."
"Do you have an Egyptian boyfriend?"
For a moment I wasn't sure I had understood him. then I thought he must have thought that I was living here with an Egyptian.
"No, I have an Australian husband."

"Give me your mobile." This was said with such authority that I was reaching for it before I even thought about it. Then I realised how idiotic this was.

"Why?" I asked.

So I can put your number in mine and give you my number so I can be your boyfriend."

I said very clearly that I did not want a boyfriend and ignored him. His hand was creeping down the back of the passenger seat towards my knee so I hauled my large bag of shopping onto my knee, feeling somewhat pleased when it belted him on the hand.

When we pulled up I handed him ten pounds as I got out. Now this was well and truly enough for the fare and in fact about twice what a local would pay.

"Not enough" he shouted.

Then added "I don't want you for my girlfriend, you don't pay enough!"

At this stage my large and very serious looking guard, Ahmed, was heading towards the car looking decidedly focussed on the driver, so he took off. Ahmed apologised for the badness of some Egyptian men.

I am OLD. Too old anyway for any off this nonsense and I get so fed up with it. I am well past the average use-by date, large (though that is often an asset here)and have no pretensions to beauty. Mind you, this guy was no catch and was missing most of his front teeth.

I can't answer questions privately when they are added as comments. So - answers for some of you for whom I don't have email addresses. If you want a private answer give me an address in the text of the comment.

For the query about genital covers - I don't know why they put them on babies - actually both sexes wear them but they are different. It is not a Middle East tradition, and no longer a tradition anywhere as far as I know. The pieces in the photos are antiques from Sri Lanka, and they had them in Malaysia too.

Now my very good friend Helen from Canberra - you are just NOT to say that it has not been a good week. I have been worrying for days. Please tell me by email what is happening to you.

I howled with laughter over my son's blog with the triple soup! He writes brilliantly - as do Tabbi and my other daughters, Karmen and Kim. Isn't it lovely when your children can surprise and amaze you with their talent?

More later - I have LOTS of photos of St Simeons and the Citadel in Aleppo (both Syria).

Click on the photo below for a set of photos on the road to Aleppo.
Road to Aleppo, Syria

Click on the photo below for a set of photos of the Beit Wakil Hotel.
Beit Wakil Hotel Aleppo

Click on the photo below for a set of photos of the Citadel.
The Citadel, Aleppo, Syria

Click on the photo below for a set of photos of St Simeons.
The monastery, chapel and village near St Simeon's

5 Comments:

Blogger Helen from Canberra said...

Hi Jenny,
Once again I have been studying all of your photos, I get so much pleasure from just looking at them and I must admit I couldn't help but have a giggle at the taxi driver story but I do realise that it was a serious situation. I thought that that kind of thing only happened in Italy. I can't email you because I don't know your email address but mine is
hahassall@homemail.com.au

Regards Helen

4:24 pm  
Blogger Liz Needle said...

Hi Jenny,

Having a lovely time catching up on your adventures and your photos. Finally have broadband connected which makes it all so much easier. I too had a giggle at the taxi driver story. You handled it very well - for an OLD lady!!

Your photos are just stunning. I love the architectural detail you are getting and the brilliant colours. You will have enough material for several lifetimes of quilts.

Cheers

Liz Needle
lizneedl@adam.com.au

11:31 pm  
Blogger Kt said...

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !

Hope you have a wonderful day.

12:48 am  
Blogger Di said...

And I had no idea you were getting up to such shenannigans on that day you visited me in hospital, Jenny! Love, Di

12:52 am  
Anonymous Cairo Taxi said...

These photos are really looking so beautiful. I like it very much and you really post a nice contents. Thanks a lot.

1:02 am  

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