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Cairo Update

Date Written:
  17 August 1998
Subject:
  Beware of the Filter
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Greetings,

Really great to hear that Britain is at last experiencing some decent weather before the Summer ends!

Since the weather is still a bit on the warm side here we went swimming yesterday at a four-star hotel near the airport. The swimming and a meal costs us about 15 pounds sterling for the day (for all of us) - a little bit pricey but worth it since we make it a day out. Shortly after I entered the water I used my feet to pushed myself off the side of the pool. Unfortunately some of the skin at the bottom of my foot got caught in a water filter and there it stayed while the rest of me swam away. I felt a little bit of pain as I swam away and I wondered why it didn't go away. I looked at my foot and it didn't look so bad because the water was taking the blood away but I could see that something wasn't quite right. When I went out of the pool the blood started to flow so I went to the attendant who took me to the showers to clean off the blood and put on a bandage.

He told me that the hotel doctor would be present in one and a half hours and she would say if it needed any further treatment. The injury wasn't bad, I lost some of the top layer of skin less that a penny piece in size, along with a small tear. This wouldn't be a problem anywhere else, but on the bottom of the foot makes it really awkward to walk and the really sad bit is that I couldn't go back into the water!

The blood came through the bandage quite quickly and the hotel doctor said that it needed no further treatment except to regularly change the bandage because it would continue to bleed for a while. She was right, even 24 hours later it was still bleeding, made worse whenever I got to my feet. So it looks like I'll be hobbling for at least the next week or so and Alison is going to play nurse.

The surprising thing about it is that there's hardly been any pain. The only time it gets uncomfortable is when the old bandages are taken off and the dried blood makes the bandage stick to the wound- ouch! And afterwards iodine is applied to sterilise it- double ouch!!

The rest of the week was fairly uneventful- for the next few weeks I'm concentrating on work for the software company in London. I have to try to program with one foot raised in the air!

The weather has cooled over the last week. Now it is 11:30pm and the temperature has dropped to 28 degrees, I think today it didn't get over 35 degrees.

Enjoy your Summer while it lasts,

Love from all of us,

Jason, Alison, Hannah and Esther,

Xxo.

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  • Only 3% of the land can be used for arable crops

  • Cairo has 18 million people and is growing by 1 millon each year.

  • Cairo is the Largest city in Africa and the Middle East

  • Official literacy rate is only 45%

  • A total of 11 languages are spoken in Egypt

  • Public Debt per person is $790

  • Average annual income is $630

  • Unemployment is estimated to be 17%

  • Religion: Approx. 85% Muslim and 15% Christian

  • Most Christians are affiliated to the Orthodox Church, less than 1% of the population are Protestant

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