Outside my room window, hundreds of tourists are milling at the diving center at the
Unlike most five star hotels whose shops are obscenely expensive, I find
The shops are lined up just outside the reception area.
“Sister, sister,” the men from their shops call out to me.
So many trinkets, souvenirs, metals of all kinds and perfect clothes for the weather.
“Where are you from sister?”
“Okay, you are very beautiful.”
“Thank you,” I answer with dignity.
I notice immediately that there are only men who work in the shops. There are actually only men at the concierge, men who carry the luggage, men who deliver the room service and also men who operate the telephone booths.
“Where are the women?” I ask.
“Oh, they are in entertainment,” is the response.
I look at the US dollars peeping out of my handbag, each dollar worth just over 5 Egyptian pounds. I look forward to changing my suitcase.