Journal: Monday 18 January 2010
Monday morning dawned with a clear sky. I felt a little better but this morning Sam seemed to have come down with whatever I had yesterday. It wasn’t the usual Egyptian tummy – more like a sleeping sickness and we just couldn’t stay awake for more than an hour at a time. Must be a bug of some sort. As I felt better throughout the day, Sam felt worse so neither of us went out at all.
I finally managed to dash off a few emails and spent a while on the Brooklyn Museum dig diary blog which is documenting Richard Fazzini’s team’s current excavations in the Temple of Mut. I feel privileged to read about all they are doing as it happens and having such a grandstand view too.
Just after lunchtime our electricity went off and we realised the downside of an Egyptian house with no windows in the living areas when we were plunged into darkness. Many of the local houses are built this way to keep out the heat and it works spectacularly well because most of the time we were freezing indoors even though the temperature outside was very high. I kept going out onto the roof to warm up. Eventually Sam went off for an afternoon nap and I stayed on the roof terrace reading until it got too dark. The electricity finally came back on at 6.00pm. I remember these frequent power cuts happening years ago in Luxor and especially on the West Bank, but I thought the power to the town had been much improved in recent years. Maybe yesterday’s storm had done some damage to power lines.
Neither of us felt like going out to eat so we stayed in and watched a few DVDs of an old ‘Blackadder’ series to while away the hours until it was bedtime again.