So here we are at Yoga there are only two of us today our friend is staying overnight in Cairo so our instructor has only Judi and I to contend with. Still doing circuit training rather than slow methodical stretching but at least I am getting used to it. The breathing colors at the end still concerns me he keeps say to block everything out but all I can hear is the thud thud thud of the treadmills behind us and a guy bellowing “Y’ULL HAVE TO SHOUT I’VE GOT MY IPOD ON” so the colors I am breathing are beginning to resemble a Jackson Pollok (Google it).
We do not dock until noon so after breakfast I take the opportunity to get a haircut which will save me having to learn the word in Russian when I get home. Hanging around the sun deck I can see the Joggers on the track above me. I noted the other day 13 laps equals a nautical mile (1,852 yards which will come in useful later). There are 8 to 10 people in various stages of movement so semi-professionals some almost walking. They are all going the same way bar one, why is there always one not only is he going in the opposite direction to everyone else he can’t seem to make up his mind if he is going on the inside or the outside so he upsets the rhythm of each one he passes. I am sure they are not amused but seem too polite to tell him. There garb is varied and there is one old sun bronzed chap in dayglow yellow speedo’s who is striding with purpose. Not for me I think so I head off for the bottomless pit call the coffee station.
As we enter the dock there are lots of things to see. A couple of small religious sites a small harbor for the tiny fishing vessels we have been passing for the last hour or so. Lots of big container ships and bulk carriers. a huge floating dry dock and a ship building yard. Port Said owes everything to the Suez Canal and has prospered and suffered with both. During its early life it was the center of attention then after the abdication of the last Egyptian king and the subsequent Suez crisis and WWII it got bombed heavily. The Arab Israeli war saw the canal closed for several years so not much luck for the town. We are only stopping here to pick up the people who stayed in Cairo and will only be here 6 or 7 hours. Judi and I decide to take a stroll into the town behind the security wall even though everyone says there is not much out there. As it happens everyone is correct. There really is nothing endearing about the place and several other brave tourists like us can confirm. If we had gone on a scavenger hunt we would not have brought many treasures back.
The highlight really is to sit on the top deck and watch the big ships glide gently by and little car ferries trying to pass in front and behind them and the tugs pushing pulling and nudging things int the right place. The pilot boats the police boats the fishing boats and a host of others all performing a little water ballet. I spent quite a while and a good few camera clicks recording it all until Judi insists we try again at the trivia quiz. We pass a lone Jogger on the track and it is damn hot today so I am surprised someone has the mental determination for it. We have to wait in the Casino lounge for the quiz master who has decided it was being held on a different deck and whilst we wait we pair up with a brother and sister from LA. Eventually we get started and are stuck on the number of years the Berlin wall stood when their parents turn up. The girl asks her father if he knows, she asks him in Russian which was a bit of a surprise as the kids are as American as apple pie. Anyway he says it was done by krushchev and around 30 years I suggest only 20 but am shouted down (in the end I was closer though). Now there is a question how long is a nautical mile and given I am the only one to offer an answer it goes down on the pad. I am right of course and also correct that Mr Birdseye invented the Freezer but we still only get 11 correct so an improvement but not enough to get use the coverted luggage tags. Somehow I think we will be there until we do.
Back to the cabin and the jogger is still pounding away I wonder if he has done the 13 laps for a nautical mile yet. Our breakfast guy is also on the track but somehow I am not sure he can make it round once. He is happy enough taking his usual short steps with his stick and still smiling. You just have to hand it to some people they just keep going.
The gang are back together for dinner which is excellent as usual but the service is beginning to deteriorate a little. It is taking longer for them to complete things even handing out menus and clearing plates. Maybe they are short staffed or maybe they have extra tables but it takes us an extra 45 minutes to get through the meal. I am going to let it slide given how good the food is. (well for now anyway). We all have to prepare for a big day tomorrow Jerusalem and Nazareth. Top of my list for this trip and something I was never sure we would get around to so a lot of anticipation plus the clocks go forward again tonight so one hour less sleep so I had best get cracking.