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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » St Catherine November 10th 2014

Into the Heart of Sinai. As we rolled up to the checkpoint, the soldier who had flagged us down walked around the car and stood in front of my window. He wore an automatic rifle of some kind, strapped across his chest – the barrel pointing down at the road. His left hand covered the trigger guard almost negligently and because the gun was at eye level next to my window, I had a brief opportunity to wonder how the regulation army green barrel and metal stock had become so scratched and dented. His right hand moved up to the window, palm facing upwards. “Passport” he said in heavily accented English. I handed over our passports and he began thumbing through the pages with calloused fingers. ‘Those hands look as if they could use a little ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo July 13th 2014

Flights in and out of Cairo are dirt cheap right now, given the recent political situations there, so I decided to stop over there for a couple of days on my way from Kenya to Spain. I noticed in baggage claim that everyone else on my plane had connecting flights and that I was the only tourist coming out of the airport. There was only one other room filled in my hotel and the number of people at the pyramids could be counted in the tens rather than in the hundreds or thousands. The downside of this is that anyone in the tourist industry was desperate for my money, and I attracted quite a bit of attention. Regardless, this is the perfect time to visit Cairo. Everything has stabilized and Sisi, the new president is very ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Sinai June 22nd 2014

Been at sea for a number of days now with not much too report, except we are looking forward to entering the Suez Canal in the early hours of this morning, when we will pick up our anchor and proceed with the pilot on board through the Canal. The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Opened in 1869 after 10 years of construction, it allows ships to travel between Europe and Eastern Asia without navigating around Africa. The Northwestern terminus is Port Said, the Southwestern terminus is Port Tawiq at the city of Suez. It consists of the northern access channel of 22 km and the southern access channel of 9 km. The canal itself is 162.25 km long, is single lane with passing places ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City May 8th 2014

Egypt - pharoahs, pyramids, mummies, tanks and guns! Tuesday 29th April This morning I met most of the group...Kate, Nicky and Dan are from New Zealand, Kasa is from Australia and Karen from USA. There is one more guy joining us tomorrow. We popped out in the minibus and went to Memphis and Saqqara for the morning. Memphis is a 5000 year old city which used to be the capital of old Egypt. We wandered around the open air museum taking in all the cool statues and sarcophagi that have been found in the area. The crowning glory is the huge statue or colossus of Rameses II that is lying down in a small building, it is so well preserved and stunning. We then went to Saqqara and saw the stepped pyramid which is supposed to ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said May 1st 2014

27thApril Suez Canal Transiting the Suez Canal was the link to the Round the World trip – having been through the Panama Canal (seems like an age ago) this was another man made link that took us from the Red Sea into the Mediterranean. Opened in November 1869 after 10 years of construction work, the northern terminus is Port Said and the southern terminus is Port Tawfiq at the city of Suez. The canal is 120 miles long, 79 ft deep and 673 ft wide, it consists of the northern access channel 14 miles, the canal itself of 101 miles and the southern access channel of 6 miles. The canal is single lane with passing places in the "Ballah By-Pass" and the Great Bitter Lake. It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through the canal. In ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 29th 2014

Ukrcaj na trajekt za Sudan je jedno od onih iskustava koja dok traju su noćna mora a onda jednog dana davite unuke svojim pričama. Procedura počinje u 8 ujutro kad se u luci počnu skupljati ljudi koji na glavi nose torbe, frižidere, televizore, ormare, veš mašine i sličnu crno bijelu tehniku koje očito fali u Sudanu. Kad se skupi jedno 700.ak ljudi dolazi službenik koji krene sve ručno popisivati. Onda se par sati ne dogodi baš ništa. Negdje oko 14 sati onaj isti Ahmed otvara šalter i nastaje stampedo. U jednom trenutku jednu žena daje veliku šamar činu Ahmedu, on njoj te nastaje opća tučnjava. Tada stiže granična policija i pendreči sudionike, ali i nas promatrače, sve se brzo smiruje i nastavlja po protokolu. Tad se konačno ukazuje naš „pomagač“ i kaže da izađemo iz reda ... read more
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Africa » Egypt April 28th 2014

I stigao u Aswan i prvo što vidio brojna oklopna vozila poredana uz cestu. Zaputio se pješke u potragu za hotelom i situacija je bila slična kao i prije, a to je da je lakše naći slobodnu nego punu sobu. Pitam recepcionara koliko je sigurno. „ Ma je, je, evo vojska očistila ovu ulicu, ali nemoj ići u onu 2. lijevo paralelnu., tamo još zapucaju ponešto.“ I zbilja, navečer malo i zapucaše negdje u tom smjeru. Nakon toga više nisam čuo ništa. U Aswanu je možda najljepši dio Nila. Otočići, pješčane obale, palme u sjeni brda iza kojega je more beskrajnih pješčanih dina. pO sredini Nila se nalaze mala, šarena Nubijska sela, poneki lijeni krokodil koji sunča na obali (dok se stotinjak metara dalje na jugu se nazire najveća brana i hidro elektrana imenovana po legendarnom ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Hurghada April 18th 2014

Otišao sam u Hurghadu, jedno od najpoznatijih ljetovališta u južnom Sinaju. Hurghada je poznata po modro plavom moru, prekrasnim koraljima, odličnim lokacijama za ronjenje. I jednima od nejeftinih lokacija za ronjenje na svijetu. Nažalost cijenu te popularnosti ponajviše plaćaju upravo koralji trpeći razno razne početnike koji baš tu dolaze učiti roniti, tako da prizora tipa ruskog 120 kilaša s 50 kila utega i opreme koji punom brzinom aterira na koralje i vuče se po njima ne nedostaje.Uglavnom Hurghada je resort town. U ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Baharia April 15th 2014

Put je dalje išao prema zapadnoj Egipatskoj Sahari, maloj oazi u jednom od najljepših dijelova najveće svjetske pustinje, Bahariyi. Autobus do Bahariye vozi satima kroz beskrajne prazne pješčane ravnice. Egipatski autobusi su sasvim pristojni ako se izuzme višesatno puštanje Kurana na zaglašujućoj decibelaži. I tako se nakon nekoliko sati monotonoga ali lijepog žutila ukazale palme Bahariye. Bahariya je u punom smislu riječi oaza… Voda, palme, ljudi, životinje okruženi pustinjom. Iako sam svom domaćinu Mohammedu Kotabyu se najavio mailom unaprijed ispostavilo se da on taj očito nije pročitao… Da situacija bude malo nezgodnija ispostavilo se da mu ni broj mobitela nije funkcionalan pa sam pola sata sjedio na praznoj autobusnoj stanici. Ukazao se neki rasklimani kamion, provirio zamotani beduin i na sasvim solidnom engleskom upitao što tu radim… Objasnih mu ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo April 7th 2014

Egipat je jedna od rijetkih afričkih zemalja koja ima vlak… I ne samo da ima vlak nego je taj vlak nadasve udoban i brz. I tako me taj vlak doveo do egipatske prijestolnice - Kaira. Prvo što u Kairu upadne u oko je prometni kaos. Iako je takozvani Treći svijet poznat po kaosu, Kairo je nešto posebno, a vožnja kroz njega nešto ravno magiji. U Kairu živi nekih 17 milijuna duša. Tih 17 milijuna duša se kreće okolo u nekakvih 5-6 milijuna automobila ,autobusa ,motora, konjskih, magarećih, devinih zaprega i razno raznih nepoznatih prometala. Glavna odlika svakog pravog Egipatskog vozača je da se ne skida ni u kojem trenutku s trube… Tako da se trubi da bi se obznanilo da stiže, pretječe, koči, skreće, pozdravlja ili čisto da ruka bude zaposlena. U Kairu ima i bezbroj ... read more
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