It seems strange but it’s true. I am being paid to read books abroad.
I was back in the stinking hot gate house bright and early before 8.00 this morning. Another load of people came and went but I was the only westerner this time.
At least I brought water this time although I suffered the consequences of not knowing how or where to look for a toilet.
As a measure of boredom; today’s hobby was trying to understand Arab clothing. There was little to tell peoples clothes apart just the long shirt to the ankles called a thobe – usually white and well ironed.
Then there is the headscarf square or rectangular scarf worn by men, along with a rope band (usually black) to fasten it in place. The ghutra (head scarf) is usually white, or checkered in red/white or black/white. Some men seem to take great care to iron and starch their scarves to hold their shape.
Otherwise it was just their shoes, and sunglasses that told them apart.
My broker turned up (makes me fell like a pimped premier league star) and this time I studied his face and his neat goatee beard before he took my passport away. I realised that only about 1 in 100 were clean shaven.
I finally got a day base pass and made it on base for around 10.
Had a very good days teaching today which is just as well as I am not going in tomorrow because I will hopefully get a full pass so I shall wait until Wednesday and then go in for a very long day.
We swung past a food outlet on the way back – can you guess what it was from the reheating instructions on the box?
I haven’t been able to log onto work laptop here yet due to vpn’s and censorship etc but I will go to Costa coffee in the compound in the morning to see if I can log on from there as that has a different wifi.
With luck I may even get a swim tomorrow before the water starts to evaporate and boil. I may even sit on my terrace for a few moments before shrivelling up. I dont feel too bad about it as I have put in 38 hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday even if a good few of them have been reading.
P.S. don’t be fooled by the green pleasant look of this picture. Gallons of irrigation go to keep it looking like this and it looks and feels very through misted up glasses.