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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab January 27th 2010

For people following my blogs from home, you'll have to forgive me for not blogging about Israel yet (we spent 2 weeks there in the end, twice as long as intended). The reason is simply not making the time to blog whilst there, and wanting to blog about the last few days now instead. You'll have to wait to hear about Israel. So we crossed into Egypt at the Taba border crossing (at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea) early in the morning 4 days ago. The border was easy enough, although it did give us an immediate impression of what the phrase "typical Egyptian 'efficiency'" means! They were OK really, I think they just have a different pace of life, and don't have the typical Western impatience. We chose to wait almost ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab January 1st 2010

The next day our spirits soaring we hung over and just chilled we meet with Wilson and Susan. We decide to head up to Blue Bells and do some snorkelling together. Nadeer, a really awesome couchsurfer from our New Year’s eve night (really worth the meet up if you’re in Dahab), helps us sort out gear hire. We spend the day chilling and enjoying sunset and a last dinner with our friends in Dahab.... read more
Yum lunch
Kitty cat
Sunsetting in Dahab

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 31st 2009

Our last day of 2009, we spend in Dahab celebrating New Year’s eve. It’s one of my most awesome New Year’s eve yet! Scuba diving during the day, eating amazing seafood with my brother and great friends and partying it up for a fraction of the price you would pay in a lot of Western countries. Free drink, had free desert and dinner sets us back a mere 10 USD. Following dinner we meet with couch surfers to check out the local party scene. The dj forgets the count down so we do it ourselves. For the next 3 hours. Happy New Year.... read more
Ivan partying up in Dahab
Our Egyptian crew
Dinner

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 30th 2009

There’s a funny thing about being by the sea. It generally puts people in a good mood. Or perhaps it is because Dahab actually lived up to everyone’s expectations and we were all so happy to be there! Either way, Dahab was a great place to end our trip. Like others we had met along the way, our only regret was that we hadn’t got there earlier. Dahab, compared with Sharm and Hurgarda, is essentially low rise in terms of development. The accommodation ranges from very ‘basic’ to ‘pretty damn nice actually’ but there are none of the insanely flashy mega resorts found further down the coast. Compared to Luxor and even Aswan, the mood is relaxed and the locals were much more friendly - we didn't feel like we were viewed as a giant £ ... read more
Ello!
Twobar Anemonefish
Hello Coral Reef!

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 30th 2009

The next day we are keen to get to St Catherine’s monastery, a monastery at the base of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the 10 commandments from God. We are all eager and smiles and the first car who is driving past ends up picking us up. Our luck ends here because in actuality we establish the car is only picking us up because they think we want a taxi. Realising how far we want to go and that we are not intending to pay we end up getting dropped off at a neighbouring town, which is only 5 kilometers away. Its not by the water but this actually makes the town quite pleasant as there are a lot less tourists. We have a tasty seafood lunch and decide to head back to Dahab town centre ... read more
All in another days work
A Nubian puppy saved a new set of owners
Lunch

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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 19th 2009

...picking up the tale... Well in the end, no updates from Jordan. When I first got into Amman I just didn't have much to add to the previous entry, and then from there South I've been more or less out of internet, or at least internet cafe, territory. Now with so much to tell (was it really 17 days ago since my last post?!!) I'm not sure I have the energy to get all of it down! I'll see how things go. Not helping is the fact that this internet cafe seems to think a comfortable height for a keyboard is somewhere up around one's chin... or maybe I've pounded 3 inches off my ass the last few weeks on the bike. I guess I'll give this a go until my arms cramp up and then ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 19th 2009

Whoever invented single sex dorms deserves to be shot. Dividing us all up really creates a headache for the single male. I arrived in Dahab after almost 20 hours on the bus/ plane with minimal sleep. Knackered, I wasnt looking forward to the broken nights sleep inevitable in a dorm with the comings and goings off people out on the piss and the ubiquitous hippo breather. I didnt think it would be so bad though, as I had made sure I had reserved my bed in a mixed dorm. However, metres from solace, I was met by the face of a grinning boyfriend who had been allowed to take my bed in the mixed dorm and my bed transferred to the man room. He saw the annoyance on my face, and just grinned even more smugly, ... read more
Delicious Egyptian fodder
View of Dahab sprawling across the bay
Too many cats in Dahab

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab October 29th 2009

Day 12-14 Dahab The Bishbishi camp is a motel style accommodation very close to the centre of Dahab. It is run down and in dire need of a serious makeover but that it true of much of what we have seen in Egypt. There seems little pride in Egypt. Litter is everywhere and many services are dysfunctional. I could list a whole lot of things wrong with the Hotel but perhaps best summarized by one of our group getting a nasty electric shock in the bathroom. Dahab is a “chill out” zone for 4 days of our tour. Sean has just completed 4 scuba dives over 2 days and I spent an afternoon snorkeling around and near the “Blue Hole” this is an amazing coral reef coastline about 5km north of Dahab. For 25LE or $5 ... read more
Blue Hole
Camel and Divers
Cheeky Beech Bum

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab October 15th 2009

Day 11 - A Day to remember We were on the truck and away from Herghada by 6am. This turned out to be an exhausting day of almost 13 hours of driving to St Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt Sinai. Arriving at the car park around 8pm the designated cook group prepared a dinner and at 9.30pm we started the trek to the top of Mt Sinai arriving at 12.30am. I was not happy with the guide. He set a blistering pace and subsequently 2 of our group paid 80 Egyptian Pounds to hire a camel. Each time the guide stopped the tail end got further behind until we were strung out over about 200Ms. This may not sound a lot but there was also 50M altitude separation. There are a number of refreshment ... read more
Sunrise
Pilgrims
Sean

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab October 14th 2009

Because Mount Sinai is a very common tourist attraction it is best to hike up the mountain during the night and sleep up there until sunrise. We began our hike up the mountain at 9:30 at night. The hike was not that bad, especially when Monica (a fellow traveler) got a camel and took my 8 pound pack off of me. The hike in total was 7km, most of which was switch backs. The only really challenging part of the hike was that it was so dark during the night because there was no lighting except the moon, stars and our head torches. Becky, another fellow passenger, had asked if there were street lights as we hiked and then when the answer was no, she asked if there were any reflectors along the path. It was ... read more
Staying Warm
Sun Just showing
Full Sunrise




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