25.12.2011 - 25.12.2011 21 °C
Christmas morning and it started with a Skype session at 07:00 with the Anderson's who were gathered at Forest Hill. Good to see most of them. Pete, Leanne and Eliza had had to head off to their family for Christmas dinner. Matt, Lou, Meg, Kate and Harry were there from the Solomon Islands and Phil was there from Timor. Donna, Geoff, Nick, Jennae, and Josh we're also there.
Most of us then took the opportunity to get another hour of sleep and then it was breakfast. After breakfast we were due to Skype Louisa's family at Laszlo's house at around 10:00. We got a text message from them at around this time to say they had a power blackout due to the storms that hit Melbourne. Fortunately the power returned about 30 minutes later and we were able to catch them all on Skype. Laszlo and his family, Marina and hers, and Laci, Nella and Libero. Silvana was up at Khankoban.
We had booked a lunch on the other side of Cairo that was offering the full Christmas buffet and Santa thing. This was the other Cairo Intercontinental and the only place that our Concierge could find that was celebrating Christmas here. Even the Coptic Christians, who celebrate Christmas, do so on January 7.
On the way to lunch we passed the spot that Anwar Saddat was assassinated.
Lunch was huge, in fact so much variety that the kids were running around taking photos of the food! Whilst negotiating the massive feast, Sam and I both had a bad toilet experience....basically, the best way of describing it is that, well when you flush the toilet, it explodes with water! I reported the issue to the head waiter who had difficulty containing his amusement. He reported it to housekeeping and came back with an update a short time later. When approaching us, it looked like his head was about to explode due to him using very possible muscle to prevent him from bursting out into uncontrollable laughter.
The hotel, in a place called City Star, also has a shopping Centre and this took us over an hour to navigate. The bus took us back to our hotel at 4pm, weighing probably 5kg more than on the way to lunch.
Dinner was room service as we couldn't get off our beds. Personally, I felt that a wafer thin after dinner mint, might cause a similar reaction to The Intercontinental toilet incident earlier in the day.
Plans were in place though to set up the laptop for the Boxing Day Test via the Internet. Figured we could catch the last session from from around 07:00. Missing my third Boxing Day since 1974......