Finally a little bit of relaxation

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
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Trip End Aug 29, 2007


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Monday, May 21, 2007

Finally we've made it to our 25th country and I have now been
travelling for over 4 months!  Where does the time go?!  I
can't believe the time has flown by...

Anywho, it's nice to be in Dahab, taking a break...I was starting to
get very homesick for a bit of normalcy after our crazy pace...so for
the next 5 days, we are going to do absolutely nothing, except eat,
sleep and maybe snorkel a bit in the Red Sea...

To get here we crossed through the border, payed our 68 Shekel to leave
Israel and our 46 Egyptian Pound to enter Egypt and, since we're
incredibly lazy, we paid our hotel for a transfer to Dahab, for the 2
hour drive

Because our lodgings are only 5 Euro a night each and food is quite
cheap, I'm getting by on 20/25 dollars a day, so I'm even  saving
money in the process of relaxation...it's a hard life...I will also get
cracking on my picture uploading...

Time to eat...

P.S. The currency is about 5 Egypt Pounds to 1 $ CDN

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Next Dahab entry (since we were here for 12 days I thought that it warranted another entry)
We spent the remainder of our time there doing a lot of relaxation (apparently, in my old age I'm getting quite good at it! :p)
One of our fellow travellers, peer pressured us into snorkelling...
I have many unfounded phobias, such as being stuck in the ocean surrounded by potentially lethal sea life...it's enough to make me never enter the ocean...
Sam never formally learned how to swim...
So we both had our initial hesitation, but hey, peer pressure is a powerful thing...

The first one consisted of me trying to get up the courage to swim over the reef by baby snorkelling in the shallow bit, then having a close encounter with a lion fish (a painful one to touch) and then I panicked and headed the other way...
Eventually I did get over the reef, hyperventilated a bit when I couldn't find a deepe enough part to swim back over and eventually after I survived, called it a day...

Second round: we went out to a different reef and as it was a windy day, hundreds of jellyfish had been blown in...I had to wade through them to get out, which was not a good start!  Although 'apparently' they didn't sting, as their tentacles were too short,  to me they are still jellyfish!  Needless to stay, round 2 didn't go so well...

Round 3:  We went to a place called the Blue Hole, via a cab...
The Blue Hole is amazing!  It's basically a very deep drop right off the shore (how deep I'm not exactly sure, but deep enough that touching the bottom is not an option with out loss of breath and ears popping)
It was a great place for me to snorkel, as I had a respectable distance from all the fish, thus my fear was more or less alleviated (except for when the occasional Jellyfish came my way, then panic ensued :p)
I liked it so much that we went back!

One 'interesting' thing about Dahab was the Bedouin girls...every day (often multiple times) would come into the hotel restaurant trying to sell you their bracelets...at first they were docile and cute and not too pushy...but by the end they got quite forceful...
I would feel bad for them if the money was going somewhere important, but I saw most of them buying ice cream, sweets and eclairs from the shops with their hard earned money...
Thus my sympathy evaporated...
SO being the smart individual that I am, I thought that I would befriend them...
which worked fine for the first 2 hours playing backgammon with them, then I was exhausted (my babysitting days are long gone after all) and they moved on to a new toy, my hair...needless to say it was quite painful, I don't know that hairstyling would be a good job for them in the future...

I tried to use my Arabic as much as possible, but I speak 'fus ha', rather than the Egyptian dialect of Arabic so most of the time, no one understood a word that I was saying... (I'm slowly getting accustomed to this...)

Eventually I just used the same words over and over again, particularly 'ana magnuna' which means 'I am crazy' in Arabic...it was very useful as it always got a reaction out of people...mostly laughs!  Go team Ali!

Final thoughts on Dahab (after all it is the place that we've stayed the longest on the trip so far...12 days)
It is a very chilled out place, perfect for resting after rigorous travels!
The milkshakes are good!
Initially we were lazy and ate at the hotel's restaurant, but when we started to branch out, the culinary options were cheaper and better...
Falafel across the road cost 1.5 Egyptian Pound (EP for simplicity's sake)
Kushary, a traditional Egyptian dish, it consists of lentils, chick peas, rice, 2 types of noodles, crispy onions and tomato sauce...it only cost 3 EP
Seafood dinners, consisting of fresh seafood and huge mezzes to go along with it, cost 10 - 12 dollars, depending on your order...
Twas a great place and I definitely plan on returning there someday!
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jrocks
jrocks on

Enjoy!
...you're relaxin time, good to hear you are stayin' and playin' safe.
Sorry i've been slackin' on the TP comments but i do check it occasionally :)...look forward to the latest pics

take care
J

nemesis
nemesis on

relax!
hey! i don't know how you do it!? I have been traveling every weekend during the month of March - went to Switzerland, France, north Germany, then Sévilla in Spain. I am exhausted! Need to be back home in Freiburg. Looks like you are enjoying your travels though.
Viel Spass noch,
Guy

subliminal_kid
subliminal_kid on

But who pulled you out the reef???
You could have mentioned the great and unselfish rescuing mission by me, david... ;-) Hope you like Fes, but i think so... i just returned home and everything is fucked up... home sweet home...
cheers, david

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