Petra-Wadi Rum- Dahab, Egypt.
Trip Start Mar 23, 2006
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We made it to Wadi Rum around lunch time so we were designated little tents (made from sticks tied together) then sat down to a feast of food. I have eaten well since getting here but this lunch was the best so far- rice,chicken, salad, another salad, so much food for only a group of 5 people. After that we sat and talked with our hosts, including how the men are allowed (in Bedoin society) tp marry up to 4 wives and how they have to treat them all equally but the man telling us this said how he loves his wife and would not want another one but their leader does have four (I suppose the leader is kind of the Bedoin royalty). As 3pm rolled around we headed off on the open back of a ute/truck off intot he sands- dear god it was cold, much colder than we thought. The drive took us past all these wonderful rock formations stopping every nw and again. Also we stopped at a building the guide said was Lawrence of Arabia's house- the 4th different house our tour guide has been told is his). After a few hours of being sand/wind blown we stopped to watch a magnifigant sunset (freezing our buts off!) then drove back for a short wait before dinner. We sat and talked and the co-owner of the area we were camping in played us some songs on a tin flute. All together it was a great night. (ok so we were all moved into less traditional tents sicne we saw lightening and found out it may be about to rain)
Happy Birthday Zane, sorry I wasn't there with you and that you weren't here with me!
The next day (29th Jodan time) we headed out after a large breakfast to the dock at Aqaba to wait for our ferry. We had between 2 and 4 hours to wait. Just after midday we were on the ferry bound for Egypt. The ferry ride itself took about 1 1/2 hours but the wait in Jordan then the 2, or was it 3? hour wait in Egypt took up all day. In the early evening we found ourselves happy to be pulling into our hotel drive here in Dahab.
Here on the coast of Egypt we are staying for tow nights, as I type this we have already been here one night. There is a wonderful beach not far from our hotel entrance. The first night we sat down for a group dinner. Sam and I shared a seafood platter mad up of a whole fish, calamary, large shrip (ok so they were the biggist I've seen so far!) and vegetables. The platter cost about 80 Egyptian pounds so 8 British pounds... 4 each... so about $10NZ.
30th: I'm still here in Dahab typing this with bright red sun-burnt feet- always make sure you remember your feet when applying sun screen! I spent the whole day on the beach with Narissa and Mark (Thanks guys for putting up with me!) Normally I hate the beach and can't stand the water, I have a fear of deep water and flap about like an idiot whenever I swim so for some reason I was inspired to try to snorkle. All 3 of us hired a mask, flippers and snorkle from our hotel.
There is a coral reef where we were at the beach with so many amazing fish- I had two aims for the day 1- Not to make too much of an ass of myself in the water and 2-Find Nimo. I ended up not finding Nimo but seeing enough colourful fish not to worry about missing him. It was the most surreal thing I've done in my life so far (sword fighting is just odd, not surreal.) Not far from the beach, soon after you up to your waiste (which didn't take long!) you stuck your head under the clear blue water and there was the coral. The depth of the water dropped down suddenly but you didn't really notice sicne there was so much to look at. I never would have thought I'd have the balls to try snorkling but I managed for longer than I expected the first time and I went back in later as well!
The first time I didn't go too far from the shore but it did not mater since the fish were very close. It was strange seeing the water drop down so suddenly in front of you and see a few clusters of divers swimming about deeper down. After my first time with only falling on my bum once due to the flippers we went back to our deck chairs/ bed thigns on the beach and just sat. While we were waiting for lunch there was a minor drama of a lady heading out further than she should have and getting caught in the tide, poor thing, but she made it back ok. A while later when I went back in the second time a local guy (teenager I think, I didn't look out of the water to see and the masks hide your face) stuck his hand out and took me further around the reef and pointed out fish and sections of coral and even took a sea snall or some form off the reef to show me. He wanted to show me more but it was getting a little too far out so I waved at him and turned back, pleased that he didn't follow. I'm wondering now if earlier he had seen howI'd almost fallen out of the top of my bathing suit as I struggled with my flippers and that had got his hopes up. Before I knew it though it was 3pm and the day had almost past by. It must be the longest time I've ever spent on a beach.
Only photos of the desert to probably come, none of the fish etc. Give me a few days and hopefully in Cairo I can transfer them on here.
It's 4.42pm here now and the only thing I have planned for today is a walk around the market and dinner. Tomorrow we have another free day here til about 7pm then we meet up again and truck our way over to Mt Siani which we are climbing in the dark (gods help me!) to stay up there the night and see the sunrise. (The Mt is where Moses found the 10 commandments) Wish me luck that my sticky out bits don't freeze off over night while I'm up there!