We spent Friday at the Red Sea, swimming and hanging out at a resort. We then went to the suez canal in the evening. I couldn’t believe how intensely blue the water was, especially in contrast with the dessert and mountains that surrounded it. The sea was warm and pretty calm, with tons of corral and amazing shells everywhere.
Of course, we are always students, and today was no exception. In addition to reading our third book, I did some observation for my research, and stealthily took creeper pictures. In various stores I had already encountered varied bathing suits, but it was interesting to see it in action. Some women swim in all of their clothing, and many don’t swim at all. Some wear suits that cover to their wrists and ankles. In general, there are far more bathing suits available that are modest and almost all of them have a skirt component, which often comes to the knee.
It was comforting to see that the beach is universal. Kids playing at the beach are always kids at the beach. They swim, fight, toss a ball around, collect shells and make sandcastles. Actually, that’s pretty much what we did.
Abduh came with us, which was awesome. He played volleyball with the guys against a team of Egyptians. Team USA wiped the floor with them, but it was no Harlangro game. Had ladies been allowed to play I would’ve shown our guys up (except for Abduh). Apparently years of soccer training didn’t teach them that it’s best if you keep the ball in-bounds on a serve.
On the whole, this was a phenomenal use of a day off. I got coated in salt, but after a day at the beach (no sunburn! woohoo) and a 10 pm bedtime, I felt recharged. Of course, today’s events wore me out again, but what can you do? We have less than three weeks left, and it’s time to start cramming everything in!