"Back on"

Trip Start Aug 14, 2007
Trip End May 23, 2008

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Bedouin Lodge

Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Friday, April 18, 2008

Dahab, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
GMT +2hrs

One night & counting
It has been 15 days since we left the beaches of Goa, India, and now that we're back by the water Pat reckons the holiday is "back on". The fact that there isn't actually any Goan-style sandy beaches here (it's all offshore coral) doesn't matter - this is still Egypt's budget chill out zone, full laid back Bedouin style waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants. It's also a mecca for the divers who flock here dive the Red Sea reefs and wrecks offshore, supposedly some of the best in the world. Not that diving necessarily interests us. Nope, we're here to get over pharaonic & general Egyptian fatigue before we leave here for Jordan, our next stop. We're not sure how long we'll grace this place with our presence. 2 nights was the pre-Dahab estimate but now that we're here and have one Dahab night out under our belts it is probably as good a time as any to rethink that estimate. We've only been here 18 hours or so, 10 of which have been spent sleeping and the rest of which has been spent drinking, but that's long enough to realise that, unless you're a diver, there isn't much to do here beyond laze around in waterfront cafes developing a milkshake and banana pancake addiction while staring across the Gulf of Aqaba to the shores of Saudi Arabia, some 20km away. We do plan on paying a visit to nearby Mt. Sinai during our time here but when we get around to actually doing that will depend on when we feel the need to walk for 3 hours up a mountain in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula, something that doesn't sound like a very good idea right now (actually, it sounds like a ludicrously stupid idea). But first things first; we have to shake off our first Dahab night out blues.

Day 248 Observations (continued) (April 17th 2008)

Move out
We didn't even open our bags after checking into our room at the Bedouin Lodge last night; we just went straight to sample Dahab's nightlife. It didn't disappoint meaning our 3am bedtime last night was our latest in weeks (as was our 12 noon resurrection today). What did disappoint was the lodge managers unhelpful response earlier to our complaint that the shower in our room didn't work, a response that saw us dragging our hung-over selves a few hundred yards down the waterfront to Penguin Village where we secured a nicer room, one with a view although one that is twice the price of our first non-working shower room. 2 different rooms in 18 hours. Not bad going.

Out of whack, part II
Just like in Luxor prices here are totally out of whack. The price of a dish in one of the many cafes or restaurants here, or the cost of two or three beers, would cover the cost of a night's accommodation. That shouldn't be, should it?

Talk like an Egyptian
We spent last night drinking with Mohammad, a western educated Egyptian on holidays here in Dahab. We had quite a few questions for him, as anyone would have having spent the previous 10 days trying to figure out this country. In fairness to him he was totally open to answering any questions we had but considering he was Egyptian he didn't actually know a lot about the country. He was a nice guy nonetheless.

Next year
I read with dismay that the Sens lost to the Penguins in 4 games in the 1st round of the 2008 NHL playoffs. No problem. There is always next year. And the year after that.
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