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25 November 2009 @ 12:08 am
Brammers is overtired and overstimulated ...  
I spoke with a dear friend earlier tonight. I confessed that I was run off my feet today and quite deranged after the weekend of boiling, though ticking off my to-do list with reasonable satisfaction in preparation for the last mag issues of the year and my imminent scarpering to Blessed Winter.

She advised me to take a cool drink of something refreshing. I had just the thing: pomegranate juice in the fridge after my weekend raid of the health food shop.

I poured a glass, drank it, and fell back nearly 35 years into hot desert cities with morning calls to prayer and mustachioed men handing sticky glasses slick with frost against the heat of the day and brimming with tart sweet pink amber juice to small children and admonishing all of us to respect our parents and play somewhere else.

I am now not entirely certain that I am taking the right trip ...
Kareinakareina on November 24th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
This reads like a real memory. Yours? Where did you live then? For how long?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
It's several, we went to the Middle East several times. But Egypt was the pomegranate juice man with the improbable moustache and big belly, who would kick our football away when we came too close to the stalls, but give us four glasses of juice when we could pay for one, or sometimes none.

Of course, he did think I was an eight-year-old boy rather than a 10-year-old girl, I had cut all my hair off a few countries before and it was just easier ;-)
It's a Deensedeensey on November 24th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Next year. I could be convinced to save for Morocco. Just saying.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
There are at least two months of the year when I can walk around there without falling into a heap! You will have to buy some modest tops, though *leers*.
It's a Deensedeensey on November 24th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I can do modest! It's called linen and loose!

Honestly? It's the place i've always wanted to go.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, it does sound like a fun trip for the two of us. Perhaps with at least one J for when we need big grumpy men, as I no longer look like a boy ...
It's a Deensedeensey on November 24th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Shall we have them pick straws? Which one has to suffer the heat and us?

I'm rather keen on egypt, too.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
It'd best be yours, mine is a delicate wee petal in the heat. Yes, it's a bit fab, but mostly outside Cairo.
It's a Deensedeensey on November 24th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ha! Have you met my J?

Maybe we can rent a J.

Honestly, i'm generakly all over north africa. And southern spain, oh, and turkey.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 25th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine how much Travel Husbands would rock? Big burly men who think nothing of carting ports on and off Italian trains, finding an obscure atelier, clearing a path through a souk, telling us we look fabulous at the end of a long day, and having loads of pockets for lipgloss and sunblock ...

Actually, I am sure there is a successful business model in there somewhere ...
It's a Deensedeensey on November 25th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I think we should look into this!
This Girlthisgirl_is on November 24th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Rabat is beautiful...
It's a Deensedeensey on November 25th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Is it? SEE! Suggestions!
This Girlthisgirl_is on November 25th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
This Girlthisgirl_is on November 24th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Kakade(sp?) in Egypt? Egypt has some of the best juices. One of the few things that was good about staying in Cairo was a juice bar we found. Coconut milkshakes, mmmmmmmm.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
YUM! You're not helping. *Focusses on British Museum and V&A*
Ann: eyetsosh on November 24th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
But bottled pomegranate juice is not even close in taste to fresh juice...
If you do take a trip to the area, come visit Israel. We have fresh pomegranate juice and (in most places) no morning calls to prayer. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
I do have people nagging me to be in Haifa ... And you are right that it is not as good, but it was a surprisingly visceral memory nonetheless. Also, quite tasty!
Brissygirlbrissygirl on November 24th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Brammers, when I read the title of this post my mind immediately went to the gutter and I couldn't stop laughing!

oh dear... what would we do without our Brammers?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 24th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
HEE! I knew someone's would! Bless you! And you'll always have the Australian Liberal Party to provide cheap laughs ;-)
E McGeemelusinahp on November 24th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
What exactly was in that juice?

And, omg, now I want pomegranate juice so badly.
Hueyphoenixacid on November 25th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
I wish I could send you some rain (and some flood problems XD)! It's been pouring here every day for the past week. Weather can be really unpredictable at times. *snuggles you tight and sends you some cooling air*
trichinopoly ash: stock: reflectionaldehyde on November 25th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
oh pomegranate juice, i miss you so. i used to snack on the lushest pomegranates during my childhood in kuwait. i dunno if it's nostalgia that makes me think the quality of the fruit was better in that region..or b/c it's actually true..
women's lasers: pride and prejudice - most seriously dissarcasticpixie on November 25th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
This inspired me to have some POM with my lunch today. However, the lovely visual was not included, and I would like my money back because the most powerful sensory experience of my lunch hour was our compensation consultant mangling songs from HMS Pinafore across the table.