Daniela Village St. Katherine
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I took a bus from dahab to saint catherine, a town which sits at the base of mount sinai. I was joined by an American mother-son pair from Texas who have backpacked around the world. It was amusing to see the mom swig back beer and have to stop the bus on the side of the road to go pee. She announced "the desert will never be dry again" as she jumped back aboard. Sinai has many checkpoints, each manned by a section of soldiers with a gpmg 7.62mm machine gun. ...
... and a guide, and the best way to do it is as a night walk whereby you start climbing by torchlight at about midnight and reach the summit in time to watch the sunrise. I resolve to return and do it one day.
In the meantime, finding a Pride Rock with a view over the monastery and the valley below is enough, and a fresh spring wind coming down from the pass brings with it the bite of ice - an entirely different climate to that ...
... scrubland or a figure squats alongside the road, alone. I'm told people will happily crouch for hours on end in that position just as you or I'd install ourselves in a chair, and I think a little pathetically how I'd probably get pins and needles, or 'ants' as it's called here, after about five minutes. It even has its own verb, that special kind of crouching.
In the front of the car the grownups talk about politics and prices here and ...
Dahab is, as i said in my last update, a real chill out place. As Lonely Planet says " the Koh Samui of the Middle East". A "travellers" place to chill. Relaxed, no hassle, friendly people, good snorkeling ( although you have to go to one of the many reefs just out of town) or a place do just read and hang out.
Went snorkeling the first day here. Place 5km north of town known as the Blue Hole. Hotel guys were going there ...
After a quick nap on the ferry ride, I arrive to the Nuweiba port in Egypt and am quickly shuffled off the boat. Now its dark, unlike if I caught the boat 7 hours ago, but anyways I need to get my full visa on shore and then return to the boat to get my passport back. Simple enough yet I have no idea where to go and no one gives me great directions until a tour guide tells me exactly what to do; I have to go to two separate buildings and neither of these places are very ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free parking