12.24.2004

Merry Christmas to All

Another year has come and gone and very quickly I might add. In Approximately three and half months I will be venturing out. When I say out, I mean out. I am going to Egypt. Yep, that is what I said. I have been planning this trip for months and months and now the time has arrived. There is still much to do. I checked with the Egyptian Consulate and found out that a visa will not be issued if there is less then 6 months validity on the passport; I checked my passport and guess what, when I apply for my visa, there will be approximately 5 months left. So, now I have to send my passport out and have it extended; pretty annoying ;(

I have purchased two Hijabs (Khimars); these are head covers; as the old adage goes, “when in Rome do as the Romans do.” Covering my head is a sign of respect and I am also protecting myself; since I look Middle Eastern, I do not wish to attract attention to myself by walking around bare headed; that includes keeping my mouth shut when in public.

Besides that, I am very, very excited; I learned of this trip through Ancient Explorations. This trip is for belly dancers. It is a 10-day trip, which includes a 4-night cruise on the River Nile and on the cruise; we dancers will perform on the ship. My first, I will dance on the River Nile; now there is a story to tell my grandchildren! With current events, many of the dancers dropped out and now there are a total of five of us, this includes our guide and excludes our escort. You don't think 5 women will have the audacity of walking through Cairo unescorted now, do you?

Anyway, stay tuned for more of this glorious vacation and the preparations!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

M