topics: balille (food), Egyptian police, Suez Canal, HISTORY, Ismailia; jump to dispatch
|At 6:00 PM|
December 3–4, 1997
|Sunrise (local): 6:32 a.m.|
Sunset (local): 4:49 p.m.
|Traveled Since Dec. 2|
22 mi / 35 km
1320 mi / 2126 km
|Lat: 30° 51' 13" N|
Lon: 32° 18' 31" E
Elev: 161 ft / 49 m
[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from December 3 to December 4. The almanac data refers to December 4.]
- Where We Are: Qantara
- Where We're Staying: "Grand Hotel"
- Places We Visited: Crocodile Lake
- Featured Site: Suez Canal
- Person of the Day: Eastern Egypt Police
- What We Ate:
- Food of the Day: balille (pronounced "ba-leel")
- Breakfast: pastries, pastries, and more pastries
- Lunch: ta'amiyya and fuul sandwiches
- Dinner: a blinding panorama of small dishes
- Olive Count: 1184
- Word of the Day: Qannaat El-sowees means "Suez Canal" in Egyptian Arabic.
- Tech Fact of the Day: In 1997, each ship payed an average of US$70,000 dollars for the right to pass through the canal and today the canal earns Egypt over US$2 billion annually.
- Flat Count (Cumulative): 3
- Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 19
Next Stop: Al Arish (in the Sinai and on our second continent — Asia!)!
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