Sunday started off with a visit by Ismail Ismail (800 m silver medal winner in Beijing) and Abubaker Kaki Khamis (World Junior 800m ) Ismail spoke enough English that he was able to field questions from the students. He was charismatic, smiling often as he answered questions posed by the students. He emphasized the importance of practice and training with the statement “train hard, win easy”. Both Ismail and Kaki wished the students success in their studies and told them that with practice, they can realize their dreams. They spent several hours at the school, taking the opportunity to race the students, to demonstrate running form (which they did with grace and elegance), to sign autographs and talk to students and staff. Their visit to the school was a wonderful experience for all. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2008/07/23/VI2008072301964.html and http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/contenders/story/2008/07/21/f-olympics-cont-athletics-m800m.html for related stories.
Monday night was a late night. I had some problems with my wordpress mu install at work and only got three hours of sleep that night. I was tempted to go out with some of the staff on Tuesday night but heeded my body’s needs and was in bed by 10. Plus I had Wednesday night, and our visit to Burj al-Fateh, to look forward to.
By Wednesday night, I’d caught up on some of my missed sleep and was in excellent form for ladies’ night out. We went for dinner at Burj al-Fateh, a new five star hotel near the Nile. I ordered hot chocolate and nachos. Although I wasn’t thrilled by the food, the guacamole was a nice treat (avocadoes are rare and expensive here). Next time, I’m having a ceasar salad. A friend ordered that and it was made with real iceberg lettuce, almost a full head. I think it’s well worth the $12 splurge (since I love ceasar salad). We explored the hotel after dinner. It was too dark to see the confluence of the Niles. I’d previously been to Burj al-Fateh in the daytime when you can see both Niles and their confluence. I didn’t have my camera then but I’m sure there will be other opportunities for a photo.
On Friday, a couple of friends came over and we made bagels. They didn’t look beautiful but they smelt like bagels and tasted like bagels. We enjoyed them with pesto, good cheddar cheese (thanks Renee), and tomato slices. Desert was bagel with melted chocolate chunks. A successful day!