I had to do some serious talking to get into the embassy this morning. All I wanted to do was use the gym but I'm not on the guest list yet so I waved my passport and flashed Bronwyn's badge at the local guard who mans the front gate who said, "This badge is not for you." So I smiled and said, "But I'm living with them and they said I could come and use the gym." And he said, "This badge is not for you." So I smiled even more and took off my sunglasses and said, "But it's just the gym and I'm here for three months and you know them, right?" And he said, "This badge is not for you." So then I really pulled out the charm and said, "Pleeeeeease." And he opened the gate. Then once I was inside the complex I couldn't immediately see the gym beyond the pool so I asked another guard where it was. He said something back in Arabic. So I said, "Gym. Exercise." He shrugged. So I had to start doing an elaborate pantomime of exercise. I started pretending I was on the eliptical, which didn't help so then I jogged in place and did a few jumping jacks and finished off by wiping my brow and panting a bit. He just waved his arm in a general direction. I bet he does that to all the newbies and goes home and tells his family and they have a good laugh over it. I would totally do the same.