Yesterday I had an appointment in the Old City and when I began the 30 minute walk I noticed that the sky was not blue. I wondered if I should go back and get my umbrella. But then, I looked ahead and the air was just sort of like a veil of very thin muslin. It was hot and there was a slight breeze. I realized that this was another Khamsin and the muslin veil was very fine sand in the air that’s being imported from the eastern desert.
I made sure that the windows in my apartment were closed because well, let’s face it, cleaning is not on the agenda for a sabbatical. I continued into the Old City. The air is extremely dry and my throat a little scratchy. I've been sneezing throughout the day.
Now I know why the Arab men where kaffeyiah's. I needed one too.