“Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene. But she wasn’t. She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand and…cancel her. She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”
“I know it’s not easy for you, living this life, but try to remember, always try to remember, you’re not the only one with troubles.”
For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve—like the soul’s version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable.
“No one tells us, girls who don’t go on dates, that remembering can be almost as good as what actually happens.”
I decided to go ahead and start checking out the playgrounds in Gezira club in Zamalek and Seid club in Dokki.
Both are spacious, with lots of games to play with.
+1 Seid club uses the training mats (used for martial arts) to avoid injury.
-1 However, there are lots of some kind of fruit fallen from the trees, making the ground almost filthy.
-1 the installations are obviously Egyptian-style, while I have no problem with going with local products, they should have put into consideration health and safety considerations, like hide screws inside the wood, using good quality wood and child friendly paint, the swings shouldn’t have the head of a wooden horse on the same level of the toddler’s head!
-1 they need to invest in more shaded areas
+1 the quality of the games is noticeably higher
-1 they use sand for the ground, which is ok, but they should clean it from the ants and other insects!
+1 lots of trees, providing a nice shade and a little breeze in the middle of a hot day
+1 gated area for little babies and toddlers
-1 I know there is nothing to be done about crows in the club, and I personally don’t mind them, but some toddlers are scared when a crow steal their food especially if they were holding a sandwich or something.
+1 I don’t know if Seid club has something similar, but it’s so nice when the waiter brings you your favorite orders from all over the club. But know that if you are really thirsty or need something straight away, you’d better go get it yourself, cause the waiters take their time bringing you your order.