Peppermint Tea on the Balcony

19 Jun

I’ve been searching for this balcony all my life. It’s like a treehouse in a rain forest and the previous occupant was kind enough to festoon it with foliage and night lights. When Cairo life becomes a tad demanding, as in often, there is always, in my thoughts the knowledge that awaiting me, with the birds, the blossom heavy trees, just beyond a sliding door from the living room is my beautiful balcony.

So here I am early morning sipping peppermint tea and gathering my thoughts after a tumultuous few weeks at work, culminating in the parting of ways for many amazing colleagues, for whom the adventure continues elsewhere, but the long, bumpy white knuckle bus ride to and from work, listening to their stories of travels around Egypt and beyond, swapping experiences and advice, has been a daily theatrical event.

Next year the bus will fill with more of the same, gutsy adventurous souls, who combine dedication to their job with a lust for life.

This time tomorrow, my taxi will arrive and I’ll be leaving Cairo and my beautiful balcony for a while; first stop, a Bedouin village in Sharm El Shaikh, then on to my home and family in Cumbria to do some conventional grannying, but I will return to the stifling heat of Egypt in August, for there is so much more to see and learn in the Land of the Pharaohs.

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