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Vendors trying to sell from their small boats

At mid-day, the ship was underway again, this time towards Aswan.  Ossama scheduled a lecture in the lounge for 5:00 and said that we’d be passing through the lock at Esna shortly thereafter.  He warned that as we approached the lock we’d be surrounded by small boats loaded with people trying to sell us things.  As he described it, they would “open fire”, throwing stuff up on deck.  Sure enough, he had not finished his lecture when there were shouts from outside.  The lecture abandoned, we ran on deck to witness the event.  Shouts from every side enticed us to buy all kinds of wares and occasionally packages would land at ones feet.  We all simply ignored them.  If one really wanted to buy something, I can’t imagine how the transaction would be carried out; throw money down in the hope that it would be caught or land in a boat??

This was the night of the much-heralded galabeya party where most of us made fools of ourselves by dressing in these traditional Arab garments.  We’d bought them (at ridiculously low prices) in the ship’s gift shop for the occasion.  We looked like idiots but it was fun as was all the dancing on deck.
pbug31 says:
hope you have pics of this...sounds fun:)
Posted on: Oct 24, 2009
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Appranching the lock at Esna
Appranching the lock at Esna
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