Monday, February 12, 2007
Given how much money I was forking over, you'd think my new flat would come with towels and a blanket.
But it didn't. The mattress and pillows were so new that they still were covered in plastic. There was a new bottom sheet (no top sheet) and a new bedspread. But no blanket.
And it's winter. Granted not much of a winter, but I feel the cold.
So I went in search of a towel ($3.10, Egyptian cotton) and a blanket. The blanket on display was 115 Egyptian pounds. $20. More than I meant to spend on something I was tossing at the end of two months. (Or maybe foisting off on the Omani designer flying in from Kuwait on Thursday to join me and Mr. T, the Kuwait office editor-in-chief who is here too.)
"Do you have a cheaper blanket?" I asked.
"Yes, this one. It is wool mixed with synthetic. Only 43 pounds." $7.50.
"What is the other blanket made of?"
"That one is all synthetic."
"The wool one costs less than the synthetic?"
The young woman in the headscarf laughed. "We have many sheep and camels in Egypt. Not so much synthetic."
I bought the wool mix and a top sheet, and still walked away five dollars richer. I like the idea that my blanket might be made of camel hair.