Subject: Re: Next week in Egypt

It has been several years since I was in Egypt, but the market in Aswan had many vendors of spices.

When we were in Cairo, a charming man helped us across the street, and then showed us to his family's perfume shop. Yes, it was a scam, but we really enjoyed the time in the shop, and, or course, bought many things.

Crossing streets in Cairo was one of the most harrowing experiences I have ever had since red lights truly are a suggestion there, but we did have a good time. Also, if you plan to try to shop, plan on a couple of hours in each shop. The Egyptians do not get down to business right away. First, you must have something to drink. Then you must discuss your families. Finally, you can start looking at possible purchases. Remember, never mention the thing you really want to buy first. After you have looked at many things you do not want, then you can draw attention to the thing you would really like and ask about it as sort of an afterthought. You will get your best price that way.

Enjoy your trip. Just writing this bit has made me nostalgic for one of my favorite places.

Lisa in Chicago