Mena

Posted: December 18, 2014 by saraherhodes in 1914

Today I had charge of a picket to escort a crowd of prisoners to Cairo.  We had to go to the Citadel it is right at the other side of the town, and is a fine Military Barracks, with very thick walls.  The detention barracks are full, so we had to bring them back again.

Before we left we climbed to the top of the place and had a splendid view of the town, as far as the eye could see were flat roofed houses, and spires. There was an awful noise rising from the traffic below. One of our fellows fell off the Pyramid today, I believe he was killed.

Yesterday I had a swim in the baths at Mena House.  I won the Company Championship of 100 yards swimming, it was a hard race, without training.  In the afternoon we had to leave, and we took a taxi and rode all round the town.  We saw slums and palaces, the driver took us into lanes with about a foot to spare on either side, among heavy native traffic; he went through at about 15 miles an hour.  The various Embassies and Government buildings are fine places.  Lord Kitchener’s house is very fine.


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