A couple of days ago I was asked by a friend here, if I was still looking for a new house. I had actually planned to move into my own little place, after the time at RSEC would end in late november. But as usual, this plan didn´t work out and it came another way 😉
So she told me, that there is this house in Asalah (the beduin part of Dahab) with this big dog. If I walked the dog, I would live in this house for very low rental costs. So we went to check the house and the dog – and I thought why not give a try. It´s a bit far out, but there is even a bike (which I had to get fixed though) coming with the house. After a big clean up (I had help of a german cleaning lady) and some reparations in the house (shower, water pump, water tank .. ) I kind of really like the place. Frank the tank gave me an old matress, which is my new couch now and I got myself two plastic chairs and together with the washing machine carton serving as a table it makes a great dining area 🙂
Rox is a great dog. I would have never imagined to ever have a dog like this, but here we go – life is writing its own stories (and they are usually the best). And I am very happy with him, and I think he is very happy with me. We are still getting to know each other (It´s my fourth night here now) but what I already know is that this dog just looooves to cuddle. As he is weighing a (gooood) couple of kilos, it´s really different to cuddling small dogs.. Walking him here in Asalah is always a bit of a challenge. I just cant help writing it, but in 99,9% the many beduin kids around just wouldn´t stop teasing him. They make sounds or arm movements or shout his name or whatever. Just something – at least that seems to be their attitude. Even a maybe five or four year old girl did this yesterday, when me and Rox passed her standing in her house doorway. So I choose the darker streets with less people around. Where there´s no light, the kids can´t play and we won´t get bothered. In general it´s really great having him around, but it is also a lot of responsibiltiy and needs good planning.. I have to walk him at least twice a day, preferably more. But I am sure we will get along. I have some flatmates – mice.They are really cute and don´t bother me at all. It´s a great opportunity to get some nice shots of them, don´t have any mice shot yet 🙂 So keep your thumbs crossed and I´ll hopefully deliver some pictures one of these days.
Aaaaand I will finally pick up my girlfriend tomorrow afternoon in Sharm 🙂
Tom is an award-winning fulltime photographer and filmmaker specializing in conservation imagery & film, photojournalism, and promotional tourism work. His scientific background as a Marine Biologist is a strong asset in creating appealing imagery and environmental storytelling. Tom has won several awards and his films have been screened on film festivals throughout the world and his work has been published in dozens of articles in international magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, Bild der Wissenschaft, Welt am Sonntag, Diver, Tauchen, Fiji Airways Inflight magazine, and more. In 2017 he launched www.tomvierus.com for a wider portfolio and business requests. Tom is based in Suva, Fiji Islands and shares his workload between environmental assignments and promotional tourism work throughout the Pacific.
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