Have I told you guys the story of when I went out in search for a salon and spa right here in the town of nowhere? Right. I have not, huh? I can’t believe that has not come up. In all talks of all the adventures we’ve had, I left out the biggest and the least fun adventure of all. So, this town doesn’t have any decent place where I can go to give my little toes a break. How do I survive, you ask? Considering my toes were used to such fancy pampering at least once a month. Well, barely. We live, because what else are we going to do? Not live? That’s not really in my control. So to speak. Alright, staying positive. Trying not to get dark. Anywayssss…we were going on a trip. Yay! Always double yay for me because hotels have spas and salons and my body parts like hotels and salons.
This time however, I forgot that we were traveling *within* the country. I settle into the hotel. Next day I send the husband and the children off to some fun thing. Safari, zoo, butterfly hunting. Who knows (just kidding we don’t hunt stuff). No, really we don’t. We are the “other” kind of Muslims (and that folks is what we call a joke). So, I’m sitting there calling; trying to find a spa or any place that would take my feet and dunk them in hot water. Every single place would hear my voice on the other end of the phone and ask, “is this appointment for you?” Me: “Uhm, yes of course it’s for me.” The guy on the other end of the phone: “Ma’am this spa is only for men.” Huh? After a few of these similar conversations and after having a few people laugh in my face (this is not a joke, one lady LAUGHED OUT LOUD) I finally asked one person where I would be able to find a female spa. He said there are none. All decent spas and salons are only for men. He named a few spas that I could go to but I’d rather scrub my own feet in the shower with a 6 month old loofah than set foot in one of those.
Fun story, right? People keep telling me, it’s not so bad here, eventually you will get used to it. I will, I’m sure. Things will get better. I’ll find my way around this place. I’ll just have to travel outside of the country to find a decent spa. Only because I AM spoiled. Nothing wrong with a country that only caters to the male population and thinks it’s okay to send its women to the tetanus infested crummy parts of town for a simple mani/pedi. Yeah, I need to really look deep within me and modify this *princess* attitude.