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By Camilla Andersen
mum came to visit me last April and she quickly realized
that I was no longer the shopping maniac I used to be,
simply because I cannot find too much to buy here in
Hurghada. So to stimulate my shopping urge, she sent
me the following from Europe - a cool, new bikini, an
absolute up-to-date fashionable shirt, some boxer shorts
for my man and a set of matching underwear. You might
think it is unnecessary for me to describe in detail
the contents of the package, but it needs to be pointed
out that my bikini had lost all it's elasticity, my
current shirts cost in the region of 20 LE, all the
underwear in Hurghada was too small for me and us girls
appreciate men in nice underwear more than you men can
8 weeks, I received the message that a package was waiting
for me - I woke up earlier than normal, as I was simply
too excited to sleep, and I was humming as I entered
the post office. I approached the counter, showed the
message ... and there it was - a gray package, the size
of a football. I reached out for it and just as I was
about to touch it I heard the man telling me I had to
pay ... 770 Egyptian pounds in tax!! What was going
to be the best day of my life turned into a nightmare.
screamed at first and even said that there was important
medicine in the
package (sorry for that little lie) and in the end I
cried in front of five full grown Egyptian men! How
sent the package back and for Christmas this year my
mum had added a small present under the tree containing
... a well traveled bikini, underwear and boxer shorts
and a totally uncool and out of fashion shirt!
Egypt - James and Kathy Taylor here! It's been several
years since we last dived the Red Sea and we're
still trying to find a way to get back again, as
we have wonderful memories of the people that we
met and the hospitality, not to mention the incredible
diving. As we now work on a cruise ship, work pretty
much dictates where we go, and although we request
Egypt all the time, we don't always get what we
want! Here's a picture of us "at work"!
Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Egyptian Town - Feb
British archaeologists have discovered the 'Egyptian
Lourdes'. The desert town dates back to 2,500 BC and
was probably home to priests and builders working
on Memphis pyramids. It is thought that the 4,000
people living there would have earned a living by
selling religious objects and charms. Team leader
Ian Mathieson described the find as "absolutely
fabulous". He discovered the town near Saqqara,
15 miles from Cairo, with 10 British archaeologists.
M r Mathieson said the team stumbled on the town while
searching for an ancient road. Excavation
has not yet begun but geo-thermal surveys show that
the site covers an area of around one mile by three-quarters
of a mile.
Ministry of Tourism - Statistics
released by Egypt's Ministry of Tourism showed the
country's tourism made a record in 2002, after more
than 5 million tourists visited the country and bought
33 million tourist nights during their stay, representing
an 11.7 per cent increase in tourist arrivals. The
purchase of tourist nights increased by 9.6 per cent.
the last issue of the Newsletter we featured the charitable
organization called Animal Friends. If you would like
full details of what the organization does, please
visit their web site at www.animalfriends.info
Procenter Tommy Friedl Summer Kite Intro 2003 - 3 April-10th
is the Summer Kite Intro? During this action week,
Procenter Tommy Friedl (Jasmin Village Hotel, Hurghada)
will provide all the leading kite producers and
distributors, team riders and seminars ... and of
course we will cook up some crazy night life!
Why should you not miss this event? You will have
the opportunity to test all the new 2003 kite gear
free of charge! We will feature all the
new shapes & sizes, as well as the top safety
systems on the market. All this while relaxing and
enjoying your holiday, kite style on the warm Red
Sea! The following is a list of companies who have
already signed and will be open for testing :
Airea, Liquid Force, Cabrinha, North Kites, Challenger,
RRD, Flysurfer, Solid, King Kites ... and more to
Film Night at The Chill
Monday 17th February : Dinosaur : starting at 8.30pm
and followed by a live guitar performance.
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Hotel Playground - Review
Giftun Hotel (Hurghada) playground is located on the
beach and offers a good variety of recreational equipment
for older children. Adjoining the playground is a waterfall
feature and a small stream, with a path running alongside
the stream and bridges over the steam, which provides
a pleasant walk for smaller children.
week - the hotel with... a cable car!
Sara El Katib
back to the "Teen Page", which continues
from last week ...
There are lots and lots of great music around at the
moment, like Jennifer Lopez, Atomic Kitten, Anastasia,
Westlife, Destiny’s Child and loads more. The
best place to buy music cassettes is “EL Hefnawi”
opposite Thomas Cook in Sekalla.
The best thing to nag your mum and dad about is the
internet! Nag them to get a local phone line and a
computer, then get on MSN Messenger and chat to your
When your friend has a birthday, a good place to buy
them a present from is Kotta’s West Side Mall,
opposite the Marlin Inn Hotel (Hurghada).
Health Issues - Meningitis
by Sue El Katib
is one of the most frightening diseases that can strike
anyone and, therefore, it needs a rapid response to
treatment. Meningitis is the inflammation of the linings
of the brain and spinal cord. It can be life threatening
or can result in blindness, deafness, paralysis or
loss of limb. In the early stages, the symptoms can
easily be mistaken for flu.
watch out for a rash which may appear as tiny
red or brown pin prick marks, which can change
into purple blotches or blood blisters. If a glass
is pressed firmly against the rash, the marks
will not fade. You will be able to see the rash
through the glass. If this happens, get medical
advice immediately. It is harder to see on dark
skin, so check paler areas.
Remember, someone who is very ill needs medical
help even if they have no rash or a rash that
in quiet building and in central location. A/C,
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Please contact : Mark. Hurghada. 012 718 6276
interested in a streetdance
/ aerobics classes? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would love to get this class started!
speaking lady wanted to work in gift shop
and to do general housekeeping. Good salary and
accommodation provided. Please contact: Gillian.
010 193 1232
to teach Arabic to a small group for 2 hours per
week. Please contact: Mark. Hurghada. 012 718 6276
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