Boating on the
Nile with the Girls....
Cairo never stops... Literally!
After going out on Saturday night with Dallal Ashour –
Ramy’s Mum – to
Sid, a lovely restaurant in CityStars, Egypt’s biggest
mall – we had to climb about 7 different escalators to get there
– which I
strongly recommend for both
food and decor, it was time for more serious entertainment, all
organised by Karim and Engy Darwish.
took some coordination, I tell you, as the plan was to get us on
Maxym, for 6pm. The boast then would sail until 8pm,
when they had another party happening. Then taking us to the
to have a look at that landmark
that allows you to have a panoramic view of the Capital.
So, 4 shuttles were dispatched/organised/planned by our own
Transport Boss/Personal Guide Tamer Mamdouh, to get the
girls from both hotel and venue – as we finished the matches
If you know a bit about Cairo Traffic, to get the boat in time
in less than an hour was a bit of a challenge, as the boat had
to leave at 6! It was a bit of a “11m away, plenty of time,
plenty of time” kind of feel, and it would have been perfect if
one of the Embassy next door didn’t decide to cut the traffic
virtually in front of us to let the diplomatic cars pass. After
about 5m of being stopped, the Bus Driver kindly asked if we
could pass as we had a boat to catch.
We made it to the boast at 1m to 6…
Well, it would have been rather dramatic if the boat had left on
time. It didn’t as some rather important people hadn’t arrived,
like Karim or Omneya!
Wide nice tables of all shape and sizes, we all chose a cosy
corner/centre stage depending of your mood, and when finally we
all were on board, off we sailed.
Of course a few
photos were taken, and the Nile Banks were all lightened and
shining with their beauty. A few colourful boats as well, both
on the River or on the side, peaceful and calm outside, while
two crooners were starting to warm up the audience inside…
Warming up the audience is
the right term, as there was plenty of excitement coming our way.
First, a “Tourneur” as we call it in French, probably the same
in English, you know, those dancers that keep turning and
turning and turning, with different capes and accessories! It
was truly impressive – says the former ballet dancers that has
done enough turning – but of course, it got better when the
lights came on, and he just transformed himself in a Christmas
Poor Cubs had to stop eating our lovely food to go and get the
pics, but it was worth it.
OK, I didn’t enjoy it so much when the Dancer decided to draw
the attention of the whole crowd on me as he plunked his Hat of
Light on me head! But soon a lot of others in the audience
enjoyed the same privilege….
After the Magic Turning Christmas Tree, we had the
compulsory Belly Dancer, in two different costumes, one
rather traditional, one more Christmassy!!!
tell you something, people. Looking at he moves, the way she
manages to vibrated and undulate her body/belly and the rest of
it, if you see my meaning, I realised first that I have a lot to
learn, and two, that surely, I have bits missing in my muscle
It was a fun moment, she was not that traditional in her move –
to say the least – and I guess that Fifi, one of the most famous
Belly Dancer in Egypt wouldn’t have approved of some movements,
but we had a great time, fun, light and cheeky. Loved every
minute of it, and so did the Girls!
the show and food, off we went to the bus again – I know it
sounds corny, but all the shuttles were there on time, if you
have made a lot of tournaments in Egypt, you will know how
appreciated that it, off we went to the Cairo Tower, one of the
most famous of the Modern Cairo Buildings.
A nice drink at our arrival, a lot of photo taken OF COURSE, and
a few players deciding to go up, when others decided to take the
buses back to the hotel.
At 9.26pm, I was back in my room. Perfect.
I slept minutes short of 10 hours.
Today, the Longest Day. 16 matches, Three Matches at a time. One
Cubs for the Photos, One Fram for the Reports. Basically, don’t