Diving in the Desert

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Sunday, June 4, 2006

Man, we did a lot of bus travelling around the World and Brasil. Some trips in northeast Brasil is not confortable, but the bus ride from Cairo to Dahab reached a level that I never imagine it could exist. We were on an East Delta bus. Around long 9 hours from Cairo to the Sinai peninsula. The distance from your bench to the front is very small. My height is 1,75m so, I am far from basketball player, but I couldn't streach my legs. Second a old egypcian movie very loud playng in a tv almost during the whole trip, I had to you my Ipod at maximum volume. Last, the bus stopped every hour or so for a security check. Police officers wearing civil clothes with a gun on his waist enter the bus and ask for an ID. Then they took out of the bus some suspects. So it was almost impossible to sleep all night long. Bad thoughts: What a f.... I am doing here?

When we reached Dahab we were exausted. A jeep pick us up in the bus station and drove us to the hotel Seven Heaven. Man we stayed a lot in simples and cheaps hotel around the world and Brasil, but we folded! Impossible to stay there. The best room had a left over inside the toilet (if you know what I mean)!!!! URGH!!!! Stop loss! we walked alway and found a much better hotel paying 3 dollars a night more.

Thank god, the first impression is not the one that we had in the following days. After a day resting from the bus trip, and the traumatic Seven Heaven, we start enjoyng the place. After all the diving was inforgettable, the people friendly, and the food and lodge very cheap. The desert reaching the sea is wonderful. And there is almost no life outside the water, but inside is marvelous. Every diving that we did we started from the shore, so after the first dive we get back to a Bedoin hut to rest and eat. We did your dives using the Emperor Diving, highly recommended. Camila was a bit afraid before the first dive, but enjoyed a lot. It was the first 6 dives of the trip, and what a beautiful dives!!!!!! Another good tip was the the vessel like building, we went there 4 times, before 7pm you eat two dishes paying for one! Last: we saw the first World Cup mach there.

We spent 6 days in Dahab, and we didn't want to leave. But we had to. We took again the East Delta bus back to Cairo, but during the day, and went directly to the airport. Another tip: if you are going to Dahab by bus go in the day bus, to avoid the nightmare that we had in the overnight trip.
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