So don’t send the cart round yet – might be a bit difficult, anyway, since I’m writing this from my hotel room in Cairo. I have spent the last six weeks in Romania, Kiev, London, Cairo, Romania again and this last week I have been back in Cairo where I will get a bit of a break from aeroplanes and airports until Easter. (Orthodox-type.) As you can imagine, it was all a bit intense with that schedule, and I didn’t get much chance to take many decent photographs, but I snatched a few with my iPhone. (It wasn’t just the schedule that was intense – in the first week in Romania we had to drive 600 km in a blizzard to get to our meeting because our flights were cancelled – then 600 hairy km back on snow/iced up, treacherous roads, at best speed to get to a meeting in Bucharest… during the second trip to Romania we covered about 1,500 km in four days, of which more later.
This is the grounds of the hotel in which we stayed after our drive through the blizzard. It is in Suceava in NE Romania – Romanian Moldavia, though the next day we headed into Transylvania where most of our work took place.
The Cathedral of St Sophia in, duh, St Sophia Square, Kiev.
Next to St Michael’s is this – rather impressive, innit? It’s the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry building.
I was staying in a business-class hotel. Right next door was he building shown in the last two pics – and there were people living in it!
Moving right along, this is the Mall in Cairo to which the hotel I’m staying with is attached. Quite impressive – it was the biggest in the Middle East until the big one in Dubai was opened. It’s in Heliopolis district and the complex is called Star City.
This is right opposite the hotel – and my room – and today is Friday, so we’re getting the muezzin wailing every hour on the hour. Actually, this one is quite tuneful, but that is no consolation at 4 o’clock -ish in the morning when the first call to prayer goes out.
And this is what much of Cairo is like outside the CBD and the more up-market areas. The litter in the streets here is appalling, even in the better off areas. Out on a market visit the other day I saw a street which was, literally, covered in garbage from kerb to kerb – and it wasn’t unique. The Company offices are in the complex where I’m staying, but I have been doing much of my work in an office in one of the distribution depots. It’s right next to a street market which hasn’t been bad until the last couple of days when the heat has ramped up a bit and the smell has to be experienced to be believed. It wasn’t helped much when they decided to empty the communal cesspit, which took two days with the covers off…
I was going to write a bit about the Romania trip, but this is long enough, I guess.