Al-Ahram Weekly Online   1 - 7 October 2009
Issue No. 966
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Far from over

EVERYONE IS BACK ON TRACK: Not quite back on form, but back to our cities, our daily chores and routine. The summer is almost over, although the hottest days are mercifully gone, this does not mean a drop in temperature, but rather the season of leisure is officially over with the end of September. Back to school signs are posted on many shops, and the beaches of Alexandria are emptying up, except for the indigenous inhabitants of the seaside metropolis. They regained their beaches from their boisterous guests and some of the younger Alexandrians even started their workouts on the rocks by the sea.

Since Ramadan coincided with the end of August and more than half of September, many squeezed their vacation before the start of the holy month, yet some Cairenes managed to steal a couple of days during the Eid vacation on the beach.

While many are desperate for the cool breeze of the Autumn, the swine flu that is expected to spread more with cold weather makes others wish for a prolonged summer season.

However until next May, the thoughts of visiting Alexandria or the Northern Coast -- Al-Sahel as everyone refers to it nowadays -- will haunt many Egyptians. The idea of going to the beach, eating freska (thin biscuits filled with honey or nuts), sitting at cafés at night, basically chilling out and forgetting the hassle of work and the routine of the day will be a persisting need rather than a luxury.

photos: Mohamed Wassim

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