May 23, 2009

Thieving Camel
Nuweiba, Egypt

The sun was setting over the mountains of the Sinai when a figure caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. I'd only just walked out onto the patio of our cottage before suddenly jumping back inside to grab my camera.

I wanted a photo of the thief—our camel thief.

Green Beach's water supply is actually a deep reservoir of water that's placed near the entrance of the property, next to the general-use toilet/shower building. For whatever reason the pool of water is uncovered—ummm, evaporation?—and becomes a most excellent breeding ground for all of the mosquitoes that bite us here after dusk.

Balanced haphazardly on the edge of the reservoir is the pump that moves this water to our room's sink and shower. It's also used for cooking and cleaning dishes.

All of us here know that it's vital to boil it thoroughly for cooking purposes (as there are certainly all sorts of little nasties living in it). I still brush my teeth with it, though.

Nasser al-Din Refilling the Camp Water Supply

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