Hello again from EGYPT.
I just got of the phone with our clearing agent in Mombasa and we received approval of our “CONTENTS LIST “ – so now it moves to the next step in the process, they sent it to the CUSTOMS TAX VALUATION Dept. to determine if they agree with our valuations vs. what they have on their books as similar values of the contents. If they agree with us then we could get the container out of CUSTOMS sometime tomorrow or Thurs. The system is on KENYA TIME not AMERICA time and it cannot be rushed.
Continue to pray that the CUSTOMS VALUATION TEAM WILL NOT OVERRIDE WHAT WE HAVE PROVIDED SO WE HAVE MINIMUM TAX.
It is cooler here in Alexandria Egypt than Acworth Georgia. Temps run in upper 80’s during mid day to 6 p.m. then the Mediterranean Sea breezes cool things down to low 70’s rapidly.
The climate of the political unrest seems to be at a lull for now. I heard more gun shots last night but nothing on the news so it could have been warning shots or maybe even some large fireworks.
I walked several miles today looking for items for Wendy, Blu and the kids and ran into many nice people who were genuinely friendly and kept saying “Welcome to Egypt tell America we Welcome the to Egypt.” Not many speak any English so we did a lot of sign language. I found many kids on the streets and blew up balloons for them and they were really excited. Many Mothers with little ones would smile from ear to ear when they saw me blowing up Balloons for their kids and kept saying over and over “SHOKRAN” = Thank You One kid lost his balloon and we chased it half a city block and he was giggling so hard that I was able to keep up with him. His Momma was very appreciative.
I have found that when I SMILE and say HELLO the people with their heads down and not smiling at all will almost stop in their tracks astonished that someone would speak to them then smile from ear to ear and want to shake my hand and ask where I am from etc. It’s the Govt who can’t get along the individuals are really nice one on one. I tell them GOD BLESS YOU and they acknowledge each time but not sure they understood what I said.
Blu took me to see the PILLAR of POMPI today and it was really neat to go down under the ground more than a 100yds and stand underneath where the huge Marble Pillar is standing. There you find the ROMAN LIBRARY where they kept important scrolls for reading etc. then we went into another dug out cave and down to the sanctuary of where the Romans used to go to worship the MARBLE BULL.
All of the Sphinx’s and other idols of the Egyptians have been decapitated by the early Christians who wanted to discourage and prevent PAGAN WORSHIPPING of the idols. Thus why the Sphinx at the pyramids has no nose.
Hope to see you all in mid July.
MUNGU AKU BARIKI = Swahili for GOD BLESS YOU!!