there hasn't been much time to write. Everything is going well
albeit busy. We arrived back about 1am 2 weeks ago. I was awoken
at 9:30 the following morning by a plea to take a children's conference
later on in the month . . . I can remember thinking "Welcome back!"
calendar has started to fill up with engagements and I've had
to try really hard not to overbook myself, this is quite difficult
because the Egyptians are VERY persuasive and use loads of underhand
tactics to get there own way. In this culture "No" doesn't really
mean "No"- it means "Tell me a good reason why I should".
returning we have found our flat infested with ants, at night
we are being eaten alive by moquitoes and I've had body lice (and
judging by the bites they have been on steroids). We're making
progress on all these fronts.
I took Hannah to the city centre (about an hour's journey) to
go to the bank with the extra treat of going to MacDonald's afterwards.
When it is crowded she likes to be carried, so I carried her all
of the way there. On the way back she fell asleep in the Metro
so I had to carry her all the way back too. Hannah is quite unusual
in that she doubles her body weight when she falls asleep so I
was shattered when I got back.
I got back I was aching in my joints and realised that I hadn't
passed water for a few hours as well as being exhausted. This
means one thing- dehydration! I drank as much water as I could
stomach but still after 2 hours I hardly passed anything. I had
a last drinking binge then went to sleep at 6:30 in the evening
and woke up a couple of hours later and finally went for a wee!
It is so easy to dehydrate in this weather- specially for me since
I have to force myself to drink water during the day. It's 11:45pm
and although I must have drunk about 3 litres of water I still
haven't been back to the toilet- I wonder where it's all going!
continues to develop really well, she will grow up considering
this heat as being normal. Hannah seems to be getting tired quite
all for now,
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