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I Spent six weeks in Egypt before spending a year in Germany. This blog covers the best summer of my life. If you are looking for my posts while I was in Germany ask me, and I'll be happy to share them but I have been asked not to share them publicly. Feel free to visit my brothers blog of his year in Germany or my new blog


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Egyptian watermellon

Egyptian watermelon is so good that it deserves it's own post. It's
no just the flavor either. There could not be a better fruit it is
so red, juicy, sweet, and seedfilled. The seeds seem like they would
be a bad thing because there are hundreds more than in any other
watermellon I have seen but I'm a seed person so they only made it
better. We bought t hoping that we could brainstorm a way to cut it
(we don't have a kitchen) and when our best idea was to smash it on a
clean table we decided to ask one of the workers at the school where
we are staying for a knife. He got a knife and platter for us but as I
began to cut the mellon in half (that's how you do it right? He took
the knife from me and began carving away the rind in a spiral leaving
behind one continuous piece of watermelon rind and after twn minutes a
perfectly round red ball of delicious watermellon. He spent another 5
minutes carving away extra pieces of white rind left on the melon and
then cut it in half and then into smaller halves. We decided that in
return for his artwork we would offer him some but he politely refused
and left us with our beautiful fruit which we all thoroughly enjoyed,
and if not for having to make someone cut it for us, we would surely
eat another melon tommorow and the next day and the next. The price
of it only made the fruit better, for the equivalent of a dollar
twenty we had a two kilo watermellon and a perfect lunch.

3 comments:

Devin said...

Are you able to post pics? I'd love to see what you're seeing.

dpb
(AKA your geeky French teacher who so digs -- and it completely impressed -- that you're studying Arabic)

Marta said...

Really enjoying your comments, Jan. I would love to see pics, too. (And count your blessings if this is the first time you have been embarrassed by "ugly Americans" while traveling. Enjoy every minute!!

Jan said...

i can try to upload pictures but it may be a bit difficult because all i have is an SD card and the computrers here sont have them right in the tower so maybe ill look for an SD adapter.