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Trip Start Apr 29, 2009
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Trip End May 11, 2009


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Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Monday, May 4, 2009

We decided to do the bus to Dehab...it was really the only way that you can get to Dehab which is a small town by the Red Sea,  and across from Israel, known for its small town charm and hippy vibe, and for its great diving. The bus was going to be about 9 hours, and we weren't sure of our stops along the way, and if we would have a chance to buy some food along the way at our stops, or if there would be any stops. Its always random, if the driver feels like it, there is usually a toilet on the bus, but after 9 hours , that toilet is not pretty. Its always better to plan ahead and have lots of food, Flashback to  our 20 hour  Vietnam Train ride 4 years ago, and all we had to eat was some rice and a Snickers bar...so we didn't plan ahead and we were left with some chip and crackers at the only stop our driver made that day at a middle of nowhere stop where you had to tip the bathroom attendant to use the toilet ( this is common all over Egypt and many foreign countries actually).
The interesting thing about the trip was that every time we stopped at a toll booth, there were armed guards and one would come onto the bus and ask us all for our tickets and passports...there were a couple other tourists on the bus , but we were definitely the only Americans. They didn't give us a hard time, but always asked for it, and they were armed, we just handed it over, they looked at it, looked at us, and gave it back and went on to the next person. This happen 9 times on our 9 hour bus ride. Security is very tight...and they are very , very careful in checking everyone, every time. I have never been to a country that is so tight on their security.
We arrived in Dehab, and a local girl from Holland who now lives here and is a certified dive instructor , took us under her wing since she speaks Arabic, and helped get us a cab into town, a short ride, and we hopped into the back on a pickup truck, and they dropped us off at our Boutique hotel for our first night in Dehab. We decided to live it up the first night, and stay in German owned Boutique hotel with a bakery next door...how convenient for me, since there is nothing more exciting than homemade cakes and brownies! Our room was great , and the nicest , and most romantic little beds!
We walked to town which is basically a long boulevard along the water, and its lined with charming restaurants and small hotels and shops. We would be moving here to our next hotel , The Penguin Village, tomorrow where we would be staying the next 5 nights. We had our first dinner at Funny Mummy , this really cool Bohemian style place along the water with lounge style seating on the floor with low tables and big cushions, and candles...yes more romantic stuff. After having a great dinner, we decided to try our first Sheesa...
It is a very popular pastime here , which consists of smoking flavored tobbaco out of this beautiful Egyptian pipe. I am not a smoker at all, in fact, I have never smoked ( really) but we had to try it! It tasted okay, but even though it was strawberry flavored, it really wasn't my thing, Mo liked it about the same...we got some cool pictures though!
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celticcuz
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CelticCuz
You are such a great writer, Beth! I love reading about your adventures with my dear cousin. I wish I was right there with you girls. Hearing about climbing up in the pyramid reminded me of going up inside the one at Chichen Itza. Very cool! I mean hot! Maureen, we thought of you hiking in Presidio Park today for Cinco de Mayo thinking of you a world away. Blessings.

elizacass
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Re: CelticCuz
Thankyou Nancy for all your compliments! Maureen always such great things about you, its so nice to have you follow along with us! We are having such an amazing experience :)

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