24 per cent

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The extremely low humidity and cold winter wind here in Gouna, Egypt are really starting to cause me problems.

Right now it’s at 24%.

Where I live in FLA it’s currently at 98%.

What happens here in Gouna, if you are older, is that your skin turns to crêpe, all wrinkly and shit.

You also will have breathing problems, as the air sacks in your lungs dry out, and your trachea and throat and lungs produce inordinate amounts of mucus to compensate for the dry air.

I am losing a lot of weight right now.

But I have no way to measure my current weight. Of course here it be all kilos, if I did have a scale. Fuck kilos. I want to know my weight in LBs. But it is probably just water loss, not fat, so who cares?

I look like hell because the air is so dry the skin on my face is all creased. I have to put lotion on it every morning. Sometimes, my toes look like worms coming out of my feet.

I cannot see living here year round.

The dust, and it is constant with the endless shiver-inducing wind, further clogs up your lungs and nose.

The amount of dust I have to sweep out every day inside the house is unreal.

I am going to leave Gouna in 58 days.

I doubt I shall ever return. If so, I shall need — before leaving Egypt forever — to say a final goodbye to Zamalek, and what is left there of my decimated family.

The truth is, Gouna is not a place you go to in order to make new friends, or reconnect with old ones. They all hate each other here as much as they do in Florida.

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