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Tomorrow I have 2 days off & am going to Cairo- how glad I am to have this opportunity before leaving Egypt.

October 2nd 1915- I have had two of the happiest days since leaving Australia. On the 28th caught the 9 a m train from Alexandria to Cairo. The journey for the 1st time to a newcomer is full of interest. Everything is beautifully green. You can see miles & miles of corn in its various stages of growth blowing waving in the gentle wind all the way. Pass some Arab villages c small houses constructed of earth of the most perculiar shapes. We also pass a few large towns & then as we near Cairo we pass twice over the Nile & catch glimpses of the minarets of the numerous Mosques of the Capital (in all 356) and at 12.15 I arrive there. I go to Rossmore House, book a room & have lunch & who above all should be sitting at the next table but 3 Adelaide folk- Mr Mrs & Miss Mayo- Twas nice to meet them if only for a short time. They have been here a fortnight & leave tomorrow for Australia.
Now there is such a lot I want to do & see but foremost comes old friends, so set off by car to the Palace Hotel Heliopolis to see my old chum B Campbell, but found she had sailed for England last week.

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