Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Going Back To Egypt

This project to help my Egyptian friends is far from over . There were plenty of skates and sticks but they need more protective gear . Right now my goal is to keep my GoFundMe page going and continue collecting as much as I can to collect some more gear from friends around the globe to help get the sport going over there . More then likely I will make another trek through England to visit my friends there and collect more gear to take over . I would also like to pick up some goalie gear to leave for my friends there to finalize the kit I left .... the skates didn't quite fit and I didn't leave a goalie jock and the pants also didn't fit my friend Ahmed there who is now The Egyptian Goalie ... I dubbed him with that moniker . Man do I miss it over there . At the moment I am looking at trying to make my way over there later this year but I might have to push it back a few months pending on how things go . I am hoping to get another 100 kilos of gear again to take over and I'm pretty sure i can get it easily from what i heard and i do know there is a full kit waiting at my buddy Karl's place in Birmingham which will surely disappear next time ... hopefully Karl is around next time too and lets me crash at his pad again , really i wouldn't mind sleeping on that couch if you have a tenant next time :)

Now you are probably wondering how safe it was over there right ? I know a bunch of people expressed concern over me travelling to a country that our Canadian Travel website says to exercise extreme caution ... that freaks people out . Here's the thing ok ... if you are scared to go somewhere then the terrorists win . I wasn't scared but I was cautious and I was lucky to have the opportunity to stay with my Egyptian friends but that put me in areas where I didn't see any other "tourists" . That all being said it is what I actually prefer as I'm not a tourist loving person and I rather be with locals over tourists ... I mean I can be with Canadians every day of my life so why bother when travelling right :) Back to the safety of it all and I would say I felt 100% safe all the time except for when I thought I was gonna get punched in the face by the "professional photographer " near the Sphinx . That is the only thing I would warn people to steer clear of is the leeches that are around historic sites waiting to make a buck off you .... don't let anyone take pictures of you and try your best not to respond to anyone , seriously pretend you are there alone and ignore people ! Aside from that everyone I met was very friendly and it seems the norm for us Canadians to be referred to as AHH Canada Dry but when you ask for a ginger ale they have no clue what you are asking for so don't bother hahaha !!! Obviously don't put yourself in bad situations like getting drunk publicly or doing anything to sort you out as a stupid westerner . And the main thing to remember when in Cairo is to get used to dodging cars as you are crossing roads and basically walking on roads all the time .... yes there is a sidewalk but for some reason people don't use them very much ? don't ask cause I couldn't figure it out :)

Before you do decide to go to Egypt if you are Canadian don't bother buying a visa through the Egyptian consulates website !!!! They have a link on their site that leads you to a private company and the one in Toronto had told me that I must buy a visa before flying over and it was over $100 CDN ... I was told by my friends in Cairo that I can get one upon arrival for $25 USD and that is a big difference in cost . When I arrived I received my visa as was told and you have to have USD as they won't accept anything else not even Egyptian Pounds . So don't fall for the scam . When you arrive all you have to do is hit one of the banks in the terminal before you get to security and you can buy your visa there and it is very easy , just give them cash and they give you visa and the customs officer will stick it into your passport so don't try to stick it in yourself :)

This all being said I really hope that more people start going back to Egypt  , I am definitely going back as I have so much more to see ... there are another 8 or 9 rinks across the country that I have yet to visit and I'm hoping Ahmed and Ayman will take me on a road trip the next time I'm over and we can share some good stories about more of Egypt . Definitely some of the wildest most historic jaw dropping stuff I have ever seen and I really want to see more . The Egyptian pound is really low now which makes everything really cheap so now is the time to visit if you have ever dreamt of visiting .... if you are a hockey fanatic like myself you should contact or look up and they will definitely help get you some ice time .... the guys there skate at least 3 times a week at 3 different locations my favourite so far is the rink at Maadi Family Land . If you have any questions just leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you get in touch with the guys over there   . The sport is growing there and hopefully it will grow to the point that someday we might be cheering for an Egyptian National hockey team at the Olympics .... I am hoping to see this in my lifetime . But for now the guys really need help developing the sport so if you want to help then please get the guys equipment or some money for protective netting or actual glass for their boards ? At the least go there and leave your gear for them after skating with them . And don't be shy to make a donation to my GoFundMe page :)

Do yourself a favour and go to Egypt ... its amazing .

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Keep Your Cool

Man that last night at Karl's I just couldn't sleep because I probably fell asleep by 8 pm or something .... regardless I was up at like 3 am and I packed my bags . Not so many bags with my goalie bag left behind in Cairo ,Egypt . I'm only carrying a duffel bag with a few bits of my personal gear and some clothes in a backpack and of course my stick bag is packed in my other bag . Gonna leave a stick at Karl's to use in future and hopefully I won't have to travel with sticks home anymore .... leaving Toronto with Air Canada allows me the sticks for free but coming home from Europe with another airline means money πŸ’°.... like $100 for a stick that might cost less .... not worth it . 


I've had such a great trip spending time with family and hockey buddies and my Villa family and making new friends and when I tried to get back to sleep I just couldn't so I stayed awake until I had to get ready and leave . I called myself a taxi and locked the door and tossed the key into the mail slot and I was off to BHX to catch my flight to Frankfurt with Lufthansa . For once I booked a later flight and didn't have to leave until 1 pm and I was at the airport quite early which was great .... it's nice to not be in a rush right ? Well .... that was the only moment of peace I had . No I didn't have some crazed woman eyeballing me again lol πŸ˜‚ 


The plane boarded on time but then the delay came .... I didn't notice how long we were delayed but I do know I had 1.5 hours between landing in Frankfurt and boarding for Toronto which is standard . The flight was decent , food was crap but I ate before the flight so I was good to go ! When the plane landed in Frankfurt we got off plane and onto the bus to the terminal .... there was free wifi and I logged on , that's when I realized I had 15 min to get to terminal , switch terminals , clear security and get to my gate . I'm not stressed . I'm cool , just walk fast .... got to the train that transports from one terminal to next and I got through doors as they were closing and I was feeling confident . Kept walking briskly and got to security and two women came by freakish out .... we are gonna miss our flight it's boarding now !!!! I said are you on the flight to Toronto ? They said yes . I said yeah don't worry we will catch it and I will even have time to shop duty free :) they looked at me like I was insane !!!!! Hahahaha .


Cool as a cucumber I went through security , let them know it was my puter belt buckle that is going off in their sensor grabbed my stuff and by this time those two gals were long gone . They went running like the wind lol . I'm not nervous .... went by duty free and got me a nice bottle of Johnnie Walker blue and got to my gate just in time . I knew there wouldn't be any problems . I had a window seat that didn't have that concave indent to lean into :( that sucked and the movies were still same as last time but hey I'm on my way home . The guy beside me pulls out his laptop and doesn't give me an inch of the armrest but oh well .... I napped a bit and then realized the plane hasn't left yet ???? Wtf .... 


Keep cool 😎 and it will all be over soon . Flight was good aside from the screeching baby two seats behind me and the person that used my back as a foot rest . I'm still happy 😊 then the plane approached and circled Toronto forever and we landed and sat forever then finally we got off the plane .... only an hour and a half delay and I was just a bit agitated 😑. Got my bags and headed out for a taxi , when I got in I put my two equally sized bags in back seat and the driver argued that one bag needs to be in the trunk . I had it at this point and got angry and told him that this is bullshit . He said it's the rules , now he could be right but I wasn't interested in his rules ..... when I got home I gave my girlfriend the perfume I bought her and she said it was the wrong one ..... FML ! Hahaha .... one day I'm gonna win . Life is never what you expect of it and travel is just as intricate . Can't wait to experience stuff like this again , hopefully sooner then later ! Even though it sounds rough the way I write about it , trust me these are all fun experiences . 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One More Drink

When I woke up I was sharing a room with Chris Fetters aka "Darth Vader" and we were in Manchester . It's been strange that I haven't had a hangover this whole trip ? Is it that the beer here is poured from cleaner taps or is it that I'm just drinking quality beer like BrewDog ? I'm not sure but every day I wake up after those hazy nights and I don't feel like death is a blessing ! This day was one of those days .... I jumped into the shower and made sure to have my Kiddy Lions badge upright and left the room to meet the other 6 lads . We met in lobby and went to a Wetherspoon's for breakfast , that's the name of the chain that takes on menu and food at most pubs across U.K. Standard pub grub and cheap and cheerful breakfast which is always better option then paying hotel for their food . I gobbled my food and we headed for the train but not before we said our good byes to Fetters who is heading to Scotland .... safe travels my friend ! And see you in Seattle next month 😜


When I got on the train someone was sitting in my seat and she looked like she was enjoying a hangover ... NOT ! She shifted over and grunted a bit .... this didn't seem like it was gonna be a pleasant trip but I was with the Kidderminster Lions and these guys know how to brighten up someone's day . Debbie had a motorcycle helmet with her and Adrian is into racing so he sparked conversation with her and then the Jaffa cakes came out and Debbie smiled ! We got to know Debbie over the train ride to Birmingham and had a few laughs with her . When we got to New St. we made our own ways but unfortunately Debbie went the wrong way and went to Scotland instead of Leicester 😳 we made our way to Indian Brewery and I have plans to meet a few friends and have a few farewell pints . It was great chatting with you Debbie ! 


Reece and Alexia came to meet us at Indian Brewery and I had a good 3 or 4 pints of their yummy IPA and we had some garlic and cheese naan with some other yummy Indian snacks . This brewery is an Indian themed brew pub with Indian movie posters on the walls and some great curry . Try it if you ever visit Birmingham , it's right near Snow Hill train station . You won't regret it . Kidderminster lads had to boogie and they ordered an uber back to Kiddy instead of train as it was cheaper and faster to split a ride . The three of us went to another pub which was closer to where they parked . 


Things got interesting when we got to The Actress & Bishop on Ludgate Hill . Soon after we sat down and grabbed a pint these rugby wankers came in . They weren't bothering me but they seemed to find a way to make themselves look like dicks to everyone else . They were doing an end of season hazing type session where they had to do things off this list . I saw them trying to get these girls to tie their shoelaces and they were chugging milk while flexing their muscles .... all super cool . Then one of the guys asked if his buddy could steal my beer and they would buy me another one .... I said sure why not it will be funny . The guy hesitantly grabbed my beer and chugged it . Then they all looked at the ground and scurried out the door like a bunch of little girls  . Yeah you guys were pretty brave lol . Anyways no bother and no chase . The barman saw what happened and gave me another pint and as this happened Ritchie and Amy showed up ... 


It was Amy's bday a few days earlier so they were on their way to dinner . When she heard what had just happened she wished she was there to tear them apart hahaha she's a feisty one . Love it ! Reece and Alexia bounced and we had another quick pint before heading off ... it was great seeing everyone for some farewell pints . On my way back to Smethwick in taxi I stopped off at McDonalds and honestly I don't even remember eating it but when I woke up it was all gone so I'm assuming I had a good ending to my night ;) I'm already waiting to plan my next trip back but for now I have to pack to head back to Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ . I'm actually in Toronto now so don't be confused lol πŸ˜‚ this is just part of the story . And almost the end .....

Monday, May 1, 2017

Blackburn Away

When I got back to Karl's place in Smethwick I had to do my laundry and repack my bag for my trip in the morning to watch Aston Villa play Blackburn away . Didn't get to sleep until 2 am and had to be up round 730 am to grab a taxi to go to Halesowen to meet the Kidderminster Lions bus . That was a bit of an adventure as I was told to get off at a pub and cross the road and walk to a lay by which is basically a gas station . When I arrived there I saw a gas station right beside the pub so I messaged Harry and yeah I'm not good with directions lol ! I found myself crossing the road and seeing that there was no sidewalks so I was a bit leery about walking on the road like everyone does in Egypt . I'm not sure if that would even be legal so I just waited near the Audi shop for the bus and it arrived in due time with me running to get on before  causing any ruckus on the road way :) 


Of course I bought a bunch of beers before catching the bus and I bought a bottle of Johnnie Black for Elvis as a thank you for hooking me up with tickets for the Reading match . A small token of my appreciation and really these guys always take good care of me . He was really happy with the small gift . I sat beside Chris Fetters on bus for the first 15 min then made my way back to the back of the bus to cause some trouble with the Kiddy Youth ( YOOF!) the banter was really good and the pints were yummy . We stopped in a pub on the way and did a few rounds with Fetters and Pete Aston and then we got back on the bus but where were the Yoof ? Rounded the corner and there they came running after the bus lol ! Apparently one of the lads became a bit ill and the lads did the right thing by not leaving him behind .... mates should always look out for each other right ? Anyways they got a bit of an ear full from the people that were worried about losing em and that's understood but I fully agree they did the right thing and everything worked out and we carried on to the match . 

When we got to the ground the atmosphere was electric with almost 7,000 Villans singing and dressed up in costumes . Last away day is always dress up day but I didn't bring a costume or anything . It's a bit of a carnival atmosphere and everyone is having a good time . We bolted to find a pub or shop to get hopped up a bit . Ran by some guy selling 4 beers for £5 and he lied and said the shops were all out of beer so I bought them . How desperate is someone to do that ? He made a whole £1 off me with his elaborate lie . Seems like a waste of his time isn't it .... I wouldn't bother doing that even if I was broke . I went into the shop and they were selling beer and I bought some ciders to hand out to everyone as it was my round . 


The match started and it was a crazy atmosphere but there were a few idiots in our stand who were actually cheering for Blackburn ???  Some wearing their tops and a bunch of them even cheered when they scored against us which really upset me and I don't think a single person that travelled with Kiddy lads were cheering . I made some eye contact with 2 guys jumping up and down and after the game those same 2 guys didn't seem to be cheering anymore???? Didn't you want us to lose ? How can anyone dare say they support the Villa and then cheer for the opposing team to score and beat us ! I'm appalled by these so called fans . Yeah it would be great to see them Bluenoses go down but do it with honour . Don't just roll over for another club to go down . Not a sportsmanlike attitude if you ask me . Imagine how the players that you came to cheer on felt ? Yeah they are pros getting paid but you know they didn't seem to be interested in playing after that . Absolutely pathetic display by the people that call themselves supporters .... if you were one of them then you're not Villa . I'm VTID , no excuses . 


We lost and to be honest I'm glad to be going home instead of wasting more money to watch this showerof shit . Love the Villa but roll on next season . Let's get some new faces into the club and shed the money grubbers . This was one of the worst performances I've ever seen from the Villa and this trip I watched us play 4 shit matches where we got lucky once and beat Small Heath (scum) .... I did 7 matches this season and saw 2 wins 3 losses and 2 draws . Not bad for a supporter that lives in πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦. 


After the match there were 8 of us that grabbed our bags off the bus and we hopped on the train to Manchester for a night out . Gotta love these away days ! When we got to the Premier Inn just round the corner from train station, we dropped our bags and washed up and met in the hotel bar for first pint 🍻 
I was happy to see BrewDog punk IPA at the bar and bought one and chugged it . We then decided to put £20 each into the kitty for our night out . 8 of us makes £160 , this was nobody gets ripped off on buying rounds at a more expensive pub when moving about . We went to the Patamount next and then hit up the BrewDog pub and then the big boxing match was on and a few lads wanted to catch it but every pub showing it was full to the max and we had to settle for watching it on a phone in the pub next door . I think we hit up 4 or maybe 5 puns before a couple of the guys had to leave . We had another pint and decided we should go for a sit down Chinese . 


I have no clue what the name of the place was but the food was fantastic . Adrian and Gavin left early apparently to go sleep but when we walked into the restaurant there they were ordering take away lol ! We got them to come sit with us and the staff there didn't want to let them sit with us so I spoke to them and told them we are together . We can all go somewhere else and they brought seats for them :) we were a bit loud and I could see some other tables eyeing us but hey we are just having fun not causing trouble and honestly I laughed my ass off for most of our stay there . We had some duck to share and I ordered a lovely beef plate . All the food was fantastic and I really wish I knew the name of the place .... they did kinda rush us out of there , I'm guessing to make their other patrons happy . We pitched in £30 each and I thought it was worth every penny . Being with this group I would have paid twice as much because we are all good friends having a laugh and that for me is priceless . 


After we all had a hot towel we went off to find another pub .... unfortunately it was 1 am and our only possible choice would be the casino . I am very happy to say we didn't go in because if we did I have no clue what would have happened but I'm guessing it would have gotten very messy as we were already Good from the amount of drink we had all day . Remember we started drinking in the morning and only stopped because they wouldn't sell us alcohol at Ewood Park . That little break from when kickoff until round 6 pm was a blessing in disguise . I'm still tired from the amount of travel the last few days and I'm looking forward to some rest when I get back to Toronto . Once again great night out with my Villa mates . Thanks for organizing everything Paul Harris , great being your room mate Chris Fetters and always a laugh being with Mark Byworth, Pete Aston and Steve Woodward .... last but not least it was gray meeting Adrian and Gavin Sabel . You're all top lads , see you all in the morning :) 


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Leaving Egypt

Woke up today earlier then I wanted too because Edgar who is a fellow Canuck wanted to find out if there was hockey today ? Grrr .... needed that sleep but oh well life goes on and no there is no hockey today . Bags were already packed and all I needed to do was wash up and give Ahmed a quick lesson on how to put this gear on . He is really keen to become The Egyptian Goalie , we came up with his nickname yesterday and I'm sure he's gonna take some pics in some iconic places wearing that gear which was all donated by my good friend Brendan Krick . Unfortunately the pants and skates didn't fit him but I'm sure he will survive without them OR I will have to bring him some other stuff when I go back .... yes I'm going back . This project is far from done and I'm gonna keep working on helping these guys to get international recognition . 


We all barely slept and were all tired and there was some urgency to get me to the airport early because the Pope was due to arrive before my flight takes off . I thought he was here already but I guess not .... haven't really been following the news to be honest . Before I left we took one more stab at finding an Egyptian flag patch to sew onto my bag but no luck :( yeah that sucks big time ! I didn't leave empty handed though as I picked up a game worn Egypt jersey that captain Ayman wore at the first African club cup last year .  I'm sure some people will be a bit jealous of that but yeah i don't care hahaha ! I also was given a football top from an Egyptian club called El Zamalek :) I put it on and wore it to the airport . Ahmed said people will bother me about wearing this and let me tell you I did ! 


The guys got me to the airport with plenty of time and it was tough saying bye and I don't think I will ever get used to saying good-byes .... wiped a few tears away and headed into the airport where I had to go through security to get into airport then security before check in then security after check in with customs . Security is tight here but I'm guessing it's crazier because the Pope is due to arrive any minute . Before you ask ... I didn't see him and to be honest I wasn't looking . What I was looking for was that Egyptian flag patch for my bag which seems to be non existent here :( duty free was no help either and I'm guessing the top I was wearing had something to do with it . One guy plainly told me he couldn't help me and told me to go to another counter while he frowned at me hahaha ! 


When I got on the plane I put my bag away and grabbed my seat got comfy and put some music on with my head phones just like 3 of the other 5 did in my aisle and napped a bit until food came . When the stewardess brought my meal she leaned over and said the lady in front (seen above cutting me the evil eye ) asked if I could turn my music off ??? She shrugged her shoulders while saying it and I was confused .... how did she figure it was my music and how dare she do that anyway ! I turned it down a bit but wasn't gonna turn it off . I noticed this crazy woman asking the stewardess again and then we made eye contact and she muttered something and I told her if she wants she can pay for my seat and I will turn it off but until then I've paid and even the couple beside me were confused ? They even said they can't here it ! This woman was nuts hahaha ! While talking to the couple next to me I made sure to speak loud enough so she could hear me and I said she must be lonely or dying for a drink :) she turned around and said you know I understand and I said good I want you to hear this since your being an idiot then I blew her a kiss and put my headphones back on . I didn't pay any notice to her after that but she seemed to have OCD or something because she wouldn't stop bugging the attendants . Misery really does live company and I wasn't about to join her . In all my years of travelling I have never ever encountered this level of ignorance and even though she heard other passengers saying they couldn't hear my music she just wouldn't give up until she got what she wanted .... she never attained that goal :) beeeyotch ! 

Anyways I am on the next flight now heading to Birmingham from Frankfurt and I'm hoping this is uneventful as I have to get to Karl's do some laundry sleep and wake up early to go to Blackburn to watch Aston Villa . I'm sure it's gonna be a wild day so it's best I do my writing now because tomorrow I'm sure I won't even know my own name lol ! 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Skiing in Cairo

Probably could have named this post a bunch of things as I had a very busy day . Ahmed was working and I was with Ayman to start the day . His English and my Arabic are both getting better :) first thing up was to go check out the Citadel . Ayman ordered a car from this shitty company I refuse to mentio anymore and we got there in due time to check out the sights there . Everything is so cheap here including admission fees which were about 200 £ Egyptian which equals roughly $15 or so .... that is not bad compared to some of the scams I've encountered like one certain tower back home that costs around $40 to go up in an elevator :( when we got there it was so sunny that I couldn't even see . No joke this was one of the few times in my life that I wish I had brought sunglasses 😎 


I used that hoodie I was dragging around with me to shield the sun . It didn't help really and I must have a few pics with some hard core squinting going on lol ! We went into the military area with all the planes , tanks and other weapons of war on display which was pretty cool to see . There obviously was a military presence there as there is in most of Cairo . Don't be freaked out if you go there and see this . It's not a bad thing , they are there for the right reasons . After the military section we went into the mosque ...


I took my shoes off at the entrance to pay respect and then entered with the enthusiasm of a child . I'm not really religious or anything but I do respect that people around the world have their own beliefs and have every right to believe what they want to believe . Who am I to tell someone that what they believe in is wrong right ? I'm really into embracing how people go about their lives and I still love hearing the call to prayer every few hours . I think it's super cool and its interesting to experience this . The mosque was massive and very beautiful and as I wandered around I could feel this amazing vibe in the air as if all the other tourists were just as excited as I was . When we exited the mosque I was blinded by the sun again hahaha . Look at me complaining about the sun when I haven't seen much of it for months . I should embrace it shouldn't I ? 


We hit the prison area and man oh man I feel bad for whoever ended up in these ones especially the last one where there were wax figures of a man being tortured . Pretty sure that whip wasn't for tickling or some fetish :) there was also a police area which had guns that were used for political assassinations in Egyptian πŸ›Άhistory which seems littered with this activity based on the amount of guns on display . There was also an encased booth with samples of drugs , I joked about having a sample and Aymin laughed and said not to say that stuff lol . I could have had a great party with that stuff hehehe πŸ˜›


We were on a bit of a schedule which I was hoping to keep today . And for the most part we did .... we hopped in another car and went to Mall of Egypt where we were meeting Ahmed to go skiing , yes skiing on snow !!!!! When we got there we walked past a restaurant that sold sheesha called Tamara , it was a Lebanese restaurant and I was kinda hungry so we went for a bite to eat and some sheesha . I ordered some apple flavour sheesha and Aymin ordered his regular unflavoured sheesha and they didn't have it . His face immediately dropped :( yeah he needed his sheesha and this wasn't helping ... I ordered some wings and got him some too with the hopes of turning that frown into a smile . The wings were decent but the cost was expensive compared to every other meal we had over the 5 days and to be honest what they consider expensive I didn't really notice . 2 orders of wings , 1 sheesha , 2 colas and a tea for under $20 CDN seems like a bargain to me . Ahmed showed up from work and we walked over to the indoor snow hill . 

I went skiing once in my life and that was about 25 years ago , and I used to snowboard but I decided that skiing would be easier since your feet have a little bit more freedom . 2 hours of skiing cost us £200 Egyptian each which is around $20 CDN . We got suited up as everything is provided and we hit the ski lift .... first ride up and I fell down , at the bottom of the hill , this isn't gonna be as easy as I thought . When I made it up I shit myself a bit and almost chickened out but embraced it and hurled myself down the hill . I didn't fall so the next time I did a Facebook live video which is hilarious . I never did fall while going down the hill but I did find a way to fall on the way up 2 more times , once at the top getting off the lift and once in the middle of the hill . It's a bit embarrassing but who cares right we were having a good ol time . After a couple hours we figured we were running late to go see the Sphinx light show which was supposed to start at 730 in English based on what the website says but like I said these tourist websites here are not informative at all . We got there only to be told the show was almost over then we had one of the street hagglers try to scam us into going to watch it from his cafe which Ahmed went to check out and it was not even a cafe . It was someone's balcony , and the douche tried to charge Ahmed just for taking a look at it . These people near the pyramids are absolute leeches and I would highly suggest to avoid and ignore everyone that approaches you if you ever do go there . 

We went back to Kirdan in Maadi to have some sheesha or I think the boys were gonna lose their minds hahaha ! The Manure vs Citeh match was on telly so we chilled and watched that while Ahmed went for a nap and I was also educated by the other Ahmed on the far left in pic above about RollerBall ???? It's basically handball on roller skates and he is the president of the African federation which is very cool . I need to check out this sport as it looks fast and as I know handball is not a wussy sport so this has to be good . After a few hours of hardcore chilling we went to the River Nile for a boat cruise . There was nobody there which was odd and Ahmed said that even the ski hill was quiet compared to usual and it was confusing . We got a boatman to drive us up and down the Nile as we played some Egyptian music and danced around which was really funny and even the other boats passing us joined in with the clapping πŸ‘ 


The cruise was cheap too as it cost the four of us a total of £160 Egyptian at this point I'm sure you can do the math right ? Ok it was roughly $10 CDN :) after dancing on the Nile we went to have a special sheesha . As I said this is a way of life here . I am 150% sure that I was the only person not from here in this row of cafes which were set up with TV's and play stations to play footie on . This sheesha came in a coconut and was by far the best one I had all week as if I'm the aficionado now right ? We played vids until 5 am there then called it a night as the sun was coming up only because I have to fly the next afternoon and I really should get a few hours sleep . I had such a good night out with the guys that I kinda forgot it was my last night . Usually that last night is filled with thoughts of how I'm gonna miss the people I'm with but tonight was too much fun to have any worries .   

When we got back to Ahmed's place it was about 5:30 am and Ahmed doesn't have to work because over here Friday is like our Saturday . Yeah weekends here are Friday and Saturday . I packed up my bags and hit the sack .... 5 hours of sleep before I have to wake up and leave . Tomorrow I fly back to England to watch Aston Villa . My trip is almost over .  

Ice Hockey at Sun City Mall

Staying up really late every night and eating extremely late compared to my western lifestyle has me sleeping in every morning which is good because it's hot , but not Egyptian hot .... just hot for a person coming from anywhere in the northern hemisphere lol . Apparently 30c is not hot here lol ! Ahmed had to go to work and it was just me and Aymin doing some sightseeing during the day which is great because Aymin speaks very little English and I speak very little Arabic . As a traveller these are the moments I relish because it keeps you on your toes trying to communicate and pretty much forces you to learn the language . As the day went on all the Maltese words I know were coming back to me . Yes I'm a dual citizen and my heritage is from Malta . Maltese has a lot of Arabic words that are just pronounced differently kinda like an Arabic dialect . 


We started our day off at the Cairo Museum which is full of history that I have dreamt of seeing and learning more about since I was a small child . Dreams do come true :) we took the metro there which I might add puts Toronto's TTC to shame , yes Toronto transit is embarrassingly bad compared to this :( it was very cheap and got us everywhere with no problems . Of course there are people selling everything under the sun on the metro and it's pretty much expected . When we arrived at the museum we went through three or four security desks ... I'm guessing they don't mess around after being robbed in 2011 and yes there was a famous heist that occurred at this museum . I have to research it more cause it just sounds so cool . I don't mean that it was cool that some bandits made off with priceless artifacts but the fact that they pulled it off sounds pretty mad . 

We got there around 1 pm and the website said it closes at 3 pm so we boogied through the whole museum with exception of one small area (I think ) we saw a whole bunch of mummies , mummified animals and tons of artifacts which blew my mind away .  It was almost 3 pm and we were both hungry so I offered to buy lunch and we left to go across the road for some KFC . On the way out we found out that the museum closes at 5 and it seems like websites here don't really get updated or else we might have stayed the extra 15 min instead of trying to leave but oh well . The KFC was not very good and was really jam packed . Wouldn't recommend it . We jumped on the metro and made our way back to Maadi to meet Ahmed as we have to drive over to Sun City for 7 pm and hopefully today we make it on Canadian time :) 


Traffic here is ridiculous though and we were about 30 minutes late for our ice time but it didn't matter as we were playing with the guys that run and work at the Sun City Mall rink which by the way had no glass on the boards or netting to stop pucks from smashing windows or hitting people . The guys from the rink didn't wear any gear at all !! Just sticks in bare hands with skates on .... I knew this was not good and I scratched my head over why they weren't wearing the gear I brought them ? The guy who played as a goalie had a helmet on with no face protection ... this is all a recipe for disaster . I watched him get a stick to the face then I watched another guy get slashed on his fingers and I finally put my foot down and said I won't play anymore unless they put at least gloves on . Most of them put gloves on and one guy wouldn't ???? Apparently he used to be rink manager and the guy could skate and had decent hands which I warned him wouldn't be the same if his fingers were all broken . He went off the ice and didn't come back on for a while .... when he came on I asked him to put the gloves on and he refused so I took my gear off and called it a day . There is no way I want to have any part in watching someone lose their fingers for their comfort . First he said the last pair didn't fit and yes they were small so I said put on the other guys when they come off .... then I heard the utmost ridiculous excuses . He didn't like the smell on his hands , that eventually grew to him saying he doesn't think it's hygienic . How absolutely ridiculous is that ? A grown ass man making excuses to play unsafely . I told the guys that I want pictures of and when he breaks his hands . I was upset because firstly I brought gear to use and more importantly that this guy was just not making any sense at all ! I guess he never heard of washing his hands ????


We skated for 2 hours before this happened and I was dead beat and pretty much dehydrated from the heat as it is not as cold as our usual rinks back home as I explained yesterday it's hard to keep the cold air in a mall ! This was my last ice time and the one thing I really do regret is that I didn't get a group photo because I was more concerned with someone's safety who was making excuses to try staying unsafe as possible . When we were leaving I shook hands with him and as I was doing it I turned his hand over and said I hope to see you with fingers the next time I come .... the guy laughed and honestly I don't believe this guy would wear gloves even if they were brand new . The other issue with one team wearing gloves and the other not is that the guys from the mall rink had free range with their hacking and slashing and the guys with gloves had to be more careful which is not fair to them . Anyways I had a great time playing hockey there and after the match we packed my (former) goalie bag into Ahmed's car and headed out to eat and have some sheesha which is pretty much an every day thing here . I like the sheesha but I don't really want to get addicted to nicotine , this has been on my mind the last couple days as I'm fully enjoying living the life of an every day Egyptian . If you didn't know this already .... I prefer to be with locals rather then tourists and on this trip I felt more and more like a local .