Sunday, July 12, 2009

Where are the peanuts?

A few weeks ago I was in Maadi Metro trying to buy peanuts. This turned out to be a difficult venture. Having forgotten the Arabic word for "peanuts" (actually it's highly unlikely I ever knew it to begin with) I approached an employee and asked where the peanuts are. He just shook his head letting me know instantly that he did not understand. He motioned for a female employee standing near the cash register to join us.

"Where are the peanuts?" I asked her as she approached. It became instantly obvious that she thought I said something else that sounds like "peanuts" (but is a bit more vulgar) when she began to blush and asked me if it was something to eat. Thinking it may be easier to understand if I say it another way, I said "yes. Nuts". This produced yet another blank stare and the summoning of yet another employee.

I asked the new employee, once again, where the peanuts are. He immediately nodded his head and took off down an aisle. Finally, now we are getting somewhere. I followed close behind. He stopped in front of a can of kidney beans, taking them off the shelf and handing them to me. This was obviously going nowhere, so I decided to name any and all kinds of nuts I could think of - cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc. You know - NUTS! He nodded his head and moved down to the end of the aisle where there was a few cans of mixed nuts. Victory at last!

NOTE TO SELF: NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT EGYPTIAN ARABIC PHRASEBOOK!

Just for the record the Arabic word for nuts is almksrat.

4 comments:

  1. Oh by the way, Tis good to see you posting again was issing your post towards then end of June. Good to see your active again. Love the blogg by the way.

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  2. I was taking a short vacation from the blog. Actually, I have been busy working on my photo portfolio. But I'll be back to the blog full-time in the next week or two.

    Nice to know someone missed me!

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  3. thank you for reminding me i MUST check out your Facebook site aswell and if i may be so bold as to inquire ? will you be posting your Photo Portfolio online anytime Please. Would love to see your work as from what i have seen in this Blog you have a great natural talent for photography. sorry dont mean to suck up LOL but what I have seen here is far better then what i can do and cant even get put and about yet to take photos, Its to Wet and cold her in Adelaide Australia. Hopefully in a few months when the weather turns ill get my camera bag out and get out there and post online again, i do have a photobucket account if you are intersted in seeing my stuff. Let me know and i can Email you the Link for Photobucket.
    Again Thanks for the Blog and yes i know and recall your comment on my blog is very true i start something and then things just seem to sit there and i dont make an efort but give me time and i will increase the image collection on my framing Blog, Am currently waiting for more Egyptian Papyrus to arrive so that i can frame them ready for the Market.
    Will Keep you posted on that aswell LOL
    Regards Peter AKA Kenoath AKA Farkenoath

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  4. I would love to see your photos...send me the link. I will be posting the some more photos on the website. That takes a lot of time, though because I have to add my copyright to them, etc. Right now I am making an actual book portfolio using a program called Blurb Booksmart. If you are not familiar with it, you create a book using their software, then upload it and they print out the book in the format you chose and mail it to you. They also have a bookstore in which they sell published books. They make nice coffee table books. I may list mine for sale as well, but it might not be of that much interest to anyone. I am making it more as a book to show potential wedding clients and people who might wish to hire me so they can see samples of my work. I have one I made a few years ago, so this is an updated version. I did wedding photography and portraits back in the States and am hoping to pick that up again.

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