Trip Start Oct 08, 2010
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Anyway, last weekend I left Cairo all on my own to fly back to Dahab - and it was nice once I got to the airport.
Only an hour's flight - which beats the monster drive - and so just before midnight last Friday, I landed in Sharm, got in my taxi and enjoyed being able to see the stars and breathe fresh air as we drove north!
Back at the house, it was really strange being here without Ruben (he's still in Cairo with his dad until the end of the month) but so nice to lie in bed and hear nothing - except maybe a cricket or two.
Both the dogs were really pleased to see me - always a nice feeling. Bella's taken to sleeping just outside my door during the afternoons and making noise when she wants me to come and see her, while Boudy's just decided that it's quite nice and cool to sleep under the bathroom sink every now and then.
I was a bit nervous about coming back on my own but after one day, I wondered what I'd been worrying about.
Ruben's friend Yasser met me on Saturday morning for a cup of chai at Nirvana (a yummy Indian restaurant) and then we had a wander round a couple of dive shops - where I tried on a wetsuit (not a good plan in 30 degrees plus) which I went back and bought the next day.
I also tackled food shopping which was less daunting than I'd thought - Yasser helped me weigh my vegetables though and get the price from the guy selling them - I might be able to count to ten now but I struggle when it gets to halves and thirds.
So, shopping was done and I was starting to feel more at home, which was helped when I heard someone (Monem) calling my name as I walked down the beach later that day!
I spent most of Sunday enjoying the sunshine and being outdoors without needing to cover up - went to the beach, read my book, had a swim.
Spent a while watching crabs climbing the rocks and even saw a kingfisher which was pretty cool.
Although I've been working during the days, I've still managed to get out and about and have been pretty sociable.
I've spent quite a few evenings at Nirvana drinking chai with Yasser, as well as spending a couple of evenings with Bassam, who runs a dive shop here.
He's been teaching me Arabic so I'm slowly learning to ask for things, respond to questions and now I'm practising writing my alphabet. All good - keeps me busy anyway.
It's been pretty busy here this week because Eid is on, so everyone has a holiday until Friday.
On Tuesday Eida invited me over for lunch - where she gave me far more food than I could eat - and then seemed disappointed when I didn't finish it all. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit though and catch up with her.
Everyone's been so friendly and welcoming and I'm really starting to feel at home here. Looking forward to the next month before I come home for Christmas - and I'm dreading the cold, I'm not actually sure how I'm going to cope!
Nothing massively exciting going on but I'm enjoying it here - and looking forward to Ruben and John getting back soon!