Springs of delight

spring water irrigation canal passing through garden wall

Swimming at hot spring yesterday, and on the walk home again met the charming young Siwan woman and several of her sisters. On a future walk there I hope to spend some more time with them, but need more Arabic first so we can try more of a conversation.

Previous day walked to Aghurmi and Temple of the Oracle, and the other nearby temple which was blown up by a previous governor of the oasis. These sites have added resonance after reading Sunset Oasis; how lucky I am to be here now, and not a hundred years or so ago when, as a foreign woman, I would not have been able to walk freely around the oasis, and would certainly not have been able to swim in the springs.

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