We expect a mail to be waiting for us when we land in France tomorrow. We have been on this fine boat for nearly a week now and have travelled many thousand miles across the Mediterranean. We had a fine trip although I was very sick the first night and I did not care if a torpedo hit us or we struck the German fleet, but now I feel glad we were not sunk. We have journey a round abouts course, changing positions every ten minutes, and as soon as it gets dark, all the port holes are closed so as no light will show through, no lights on deck, no one is allowed to smoke, then in perfect darkness we steer straight. We passed Cape Bonn, part of Algiers, Island of Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, and at times we can see the Italian coast.
We are all glad to say good bye to the Egyptians, I did not like many of them but there was one little Sudanese boy about five years old. He lived in a hut close by our camp at Ismailia and all the clothes he wore was a great big soldiers shirt and an old balaclava helmet on his head and very, very shy – unusual for Egyptians. I tried all sorts of ways to make him like me. He was frightened and used to toddle away as fast as he could when I spoke the few words of Egyptian that I know to him. Even if I smiled he would scoot. I bought some biscuits but could not get him near enough to take them. (I know you will laugh as me, I was sorry to leave him, for he was a dear little chap.)
Tell Mum to please send me a couple of films as I don't know how I will get on in France for them. I have a few undeveloped ones and some I had to leave at Kodaks Egypt – I may get them.
I will be sorry to leave this boat for we have had a nice time and have not been sunk once. I think we will like the French people better than the Egyptians and things will not be as so dear to buy.