Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of an invitation to the Egyptian Embassy.
There it was all dark suits and gold accents as we attempted small talk under high ceilings, debating politics, making business.
Interestingly, while Egypt is very Muslim, Egyptians go to great lengths to show they are progressive, or at least tolerant. The wine was good (free) and there was not a burka in sight.
Nor was a loo. After an extended hunt, including a tour of the kitchen, a toilet was found, under the stairs, behind two doors.
Business in Egypt is only marginally less confusing.
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