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Published: November 28th 2006
That Moses dude sure got around. Not only did he go up Mount Nebo and see the Promised Land, he also parted the Red Sea, and also got the 10 Commandments at the top of Mount Sinai.
19 to 21 Nov - Took the ferry from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba, Sinai. Final destination was the Red Sea resort of Dahab accompanied by an armed police escort. Had a very relaxing time walking around the town, eating fabulous seafood, and snorkelling at the Blue Hole which is a famous diving spot. However it's only for expert divers. There are lots of memorials of people who have perished here. During our visit we were shocked to learn that a high-tech diver had drowned in the Blue Hole the previous day. The amazing aspect was the seemingly neverending coral cliffs and the incredible fishlife. But never as good as the Great Barrier Reef.
22 to 23 Nov - The final leg of the Moses rock tour. Nothing for it but to hit the trail and go up Mount Sinai (2285m) to watch both the sunset and the sunrise. We were the only ones camping up there under the stars. It was all
very peaceful, until we were rudely awakened at 3am in the morning by rampaging Christian pilgrims jostling for spots to catch the 6am sunrise. After the sun came up a Korean choir group sang some hymns which added to the mood. Hate to admit it but the sunset was a lot better. Then it was off the mountain, past St Katherine's Monastery, and onwards to Cairo.
We've covered a lot of mileage on this trip, somewhere between 4500 and 5500 kms. Have had a great time, and would definitely do another overland trip sometime.
Tot: 4.059s; Tpl: 0.063s; cc: 37; qc: 163; dbt: 0.0924s; 3; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
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