Dahab - having a Dahabulous time

Trip Start Jul 04, 2006
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Trip End Jan 15, 2007


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

After an 18 hour bus ride (not regardless if you have air-conditioning or not, 18 hours on a bus is not fun...) we arrived in Dahab. By this point I started to feel a bit off...yes, my first with bout with a stomach bug was about to take place, though I wasn't going to let it stop me. How often do you make it out the Red Sea?

Our time in Dahab was spent snorkeling and relaxing by the pool. The snorkeling was incredible, and the relaxing much needed, but the highlight for me was hiking up Moses Mountain on Mount Sinai.

After spending an entire day in bed with a stomach flu, I (along with a great deal of help from Tania) somehow managed to pull myself together for a 2 hour bus ride out to Mount Sinai. We arrived at the mountain about 1:00am and began our hike. By this time I had taken:
2 x Immodiums
2 x Tylonal Daytime cold and flu tablets
2 x some odd Egyptian drug given to me by the ever gregarious (unless, of course, you served him warm beer) Aussie, Ian

Seemed to work.

After a 3 hour hike we made it to the top of Moses Mountain. The same mountain that Moses himself climbed, spent 40 days and nights and came down with the 10 Commandments (any of you out there remember all of them?). Fortunately, rather than having to spend 40 nights in a cave, we were able to rent blankets and mattresses from the friendly Beduins, and spend the night on a rock outcrop, looking over the valley below. The clear dessert sky provided quite the light show with numerous shooting stars. To top it off, once our guide Mostafa thought we were all asleep, he started quietly singing his prayers. The entire scene was incredible.

Morning came in a few hours and we were treated to a magnificent sunrise. Though cold, there was no better place to be on Earth at that moment.

After admiring the sunrise, we started our trek back down (far easier in the daylight - though the head lamps we got as gifts before we left Canada were great on the way up!). When we reached the bottom we toured around St. Catherines Monestary - the oldest Monestary in the world (founded in about 350AD) - which contains the Burning Bush (of which I was given a small piece of!). Again, the amount of history in this country is incredible.

We spent the rest of the day basically recuperating from the hike and lack of sleep. I had now basically gotten over the stomach bug, and managed to pass it along to Tania. Still, we had a great last night in Dahab (well, mine was better than Tania's).

Thanks again Mostafa for all your help here. Your insights, sense of humour, and "connections" made for a fantastic time. Remember - you owe us a photo in the Canucks shirt!

Also want to give a big "Thanks" to the group that we toured around with. A place is only as good as the people you associate with it, and you (at least most of you) were fantastic to hang out, lounge by the pool, snorkel, etc. with. I'm sure we'll be seeing some of you again in the not to distant future (sheesha party in Australia and the UK!)

Back to Cairo!
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wish we were there!
Hi Brad and Tania! Fabulous pictures and equally compelling comentary! Despite the GI problems of late, so glad to hear/see you are making the most of your most excellent adventure! We're staying tuned! Lots of Love....The Sweets!

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