Rasha Satan and Dahab, SOOO CHEAP!

Trip Start May 11, 2005
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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Getting to Egypt was a typically 3rd world border cluster fuck but after much waiting and confusion, we got to our final destination the red sea beach! This was a nice place to come chill out and do nothing for a bit. Our hut was only 3 bucks each and the food was even cheaper. It was nice to be back in a country were the US dollar finally goes a long way! So for the next 3 days we snorkeled, read, drank our duty free vodka and played a butt load of back gammon (shishbish in Arabic) We met a couple of Israelis here and had a great time playing cards and drinking way to much.

Leaving there, we caught a bus to Dahab which is another place on the red sea that is famous for its diving. This place is awesome, there are so many cheap seaside restaurants and dollar cold beers that we have been here for 7 days. We booked into a scuba trip aboard a boat that goes to the number one wreck dive in the world. It's a huge battle ship that got sunk in WW2 by the Germans. The first dive is around the boat and the second dive goes inside which was by far the best. There were solider boots down there, ten or fifteen motorcycles, military trunks, wheels, there was even an air space filled with bad air. I forgot this fact and took a breath (which tasted terrible and burned like death) We did another wreck dive but the actuall boat had slipped of the ocean shelf and left alot of its cargo behind like a ton of toilets (check the pics)
That dive was definitely cool but still way to many divers. So for me... diving the Red Sea has been ok... everyone makes it out to be so cool but personally I saw more fish and coral snorkeling in Malaysia and diving in Bali...but whatever... I did 5 dives here but the snorkeling has been better than the dives, (besides the wreck of course). We rented an underwater camera for the wreck but most of the pictures are pretty bad.... too bad...
And soo that brings us up to the current day!! We have been hanging out in Dahab for a bit now... playing beer pong, back gammon and snorkeling. It's hard to leave here because it's so nice and cheap!!! We have been hanging out with a Viking from Norway who has been on the road for 11 months! Fun guy!
Oh yeah Dahab got bombed last year so tourism is seriously down, Dahab is made for a ton of people and even though there is alot of tourist here you can barley tell. All the Israelis told me not to come to Sinai because of all the terror cells that are located in the peninsula but so far it feels super safe. They also bombed the first Rasa Santan (first beach we went too) The reason Israelis feel it's not safe is that the Egyptian military is not allowed on the Sinai Peninsula (due to them attacking Israel in the 70s) so that leaves alot of room for terrorist cells to develop unchecked.
One last thing we did before we left was Climb Mt Siani which is suppose to be a must do. To sum it up.... nice scenery but way to many people... Dave wrote and email about it and i have copied and pasted here so you can read all about it.

We booked a sunrise trip to mount sanai, and were picked up at 11:30pm for the two hour drive so we could hike to the top before dawn....studpid i know, sunrises always are, anywho we were off

me, ben, a canadian, three czechs, and two germans, and our driver, who is of course named mohammed, hit the midnight road... everywhere in sinai there are checkpoints with guards, military, and dogs on the highway, at monuments...everywhere

so at 2:15 in the morning, deep in the heart of the sinai desert mountains, at the areas biggest attraction venue--a site of paramount importance to three major religions---a bomb dog hits on our van

right outside the window from ben, the black german shepherd simply sat down....no barking, no whining..nothing.. the dog just simply sat down... the k9 was pulled up, re-scented and sat down again... once more, a third verification, and things went kinda sureal... very slowly, one guard opened the passenger doors and ordered us all calmly out of the vehicle, the driver was ordered to stay put and toss the key out the window back over the cab of the van

then shit went crazy, ak-47s and pistols were drawn, military sprinted both forward and backward to stop traffic, more police were called, guns were trained on the vehicle and our driver, the dog started whining... locals on camels sprinted away up the road it just went fuckin nuts... as i slowly convinced everybody that it was maybe a better idea to step behind the nearest crumbling wall for protection, a nearby guard saw our slow movement and shouted at us to stop.. the driver had meanwhile been thrown up against a wall, at gunpoint, and was being frisked rather vigorously...good for him

then, a man in white pants, which i guess makes him some kind of van-bomb-authority, walked up, and as best as i can tell, basically shouted at EVERYBODY, and escorted us all to the front of the security line, our bags were searched, we were metal detected, and then apparently forgotten about... everyone just disappeared i mean, all the russian tourists were there, but no more guards so we started hiking, musing over the fate of little mohammed and the probability of his upcoming body cavity search

five or six hours later, upon returning to the van, mohammed simply said "everything okay....dog hungry" yeah....hungry

oh yeah, as for the sunrise on mt siani......it sucked they always do no matter where you think the day's glory will manifest itself, be it at the eiffel tour, stone henge, in the south pacific on the rim of a volcano, macchu picchu on the inca trail in peru, in the amazon, incan ruins in mexico, in the alps, over the grand canyon, the african sahara at the ruined temples of ankor in cambodia, or even in colorado on a snow covered mountain........sunrise is never worth it, trust me on this one, just go ahead and sleep on in
but being part of a bomb threat/evacuation in a third world country with a propensity for explosions......totally worth it

ciao
dave
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dave on

you shallow wanker

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