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Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
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Trip End Mar 31, 2009


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Saturday, March 28, 2009

From Taba at the border with Israel, I met up with a guy from Argentina and an American woman, to share a mini bus back to Dahab. This was actually quite fortunate as the American woman spoke a Bedouin dialect of Arabic and brokered us a good deal on the bus. We stopped briefly at Taba Castle and then drove the two hours back down to Dahab.

This time around in Dahab, I had chosen to stay in a much better hostel, where there actually people around to talk to, drink and go out with. I spent the evening and the next day just taking it easy before catching an overnight bus back to Cairo.

I spent my last few days in Cairo heading to Khan Al-Khalili and picking up the souvenirs that I had been putting off getting for the whole trip. I'm pretty sure I spent too much money on things that weren't worth very much, but even that is something of a tradition for tourists in Egypt.

When it came time to head to the airport to fly back to London, I had decided to take the public bus and finish the trip as i had started it. This was cheap, but I managed to leave my wallet on the bus so it turned into a stressful and expensive exercise. Once I realised that I didn't have my wallet (this was in the toilet with the attendant asking me for baksheesh) I raced back to the bus and thankfully it was still there. I recognised the driver and he let me on the bus, but my wallet was gone. It was a little naive to think it would still be there. It was more of an inconvenience than a major loss so it wasn't going to ruin my trip in any way and I'd have everything sorted by the time I got back.

This trip was amazing, challenging, and compelling, all at once. I've seen some awesomely beautiful places, learned a whole lot of hugely impressive history and eaten heaps of cheap food. Pyramids, temples, the Nile, the desert, the Dead and Red Seas (above and below), Petra and Tel Aviv. It's been one hell of an experience.
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