Monday, 28 January 2008


In preparation for an upcoming travel experience dragging Squirrel, Shark and Tiger screaming behind us, I am learning Arabic. I can say 'I am an American' in Arabic (Eastern version). Even though I've dutifully taken the trouble to learn this phrase, saying it out loud in public does not strike me as a good idea. In fact I have reasoned that it may even get me into a spot of bother. And I have not yet learned enough Arabic to get me out of it.

But I will persist. It took 30 minutes to learn that lie. I have another five and a half hours to go and possibly something handy will crop up. Like, 'Please help me. I am in a spot of bother'.

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